PolyU Announces the Establishment of the School of Fashion and Textiles to Nurture Innovative, Creative Fashion Talent and Seize Opportunities in the Greater Bay Area

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Officiating guests celebrated the official launch of the School of Fashion and Textiles: Dr Lam Tai-fai, Chairman of PolyU Council (Centre); Prof. Jin-Guang Teng, President of PolyU (3rd from left); Dr Lawrence Li Kwok-chang, Deputy Chairman of PolyU Council (3rd from right); Ms Shirley Chan, Chairlady of School Advisory Committee (2nd from left); Mr Sunny Tan, Member of the Legislative Council of the HKSAR – Textiles, and Garment constituency (2nd from right); Prof. Raymond Wong, Interim Dean of School of Fashion and Textiles (left); Prof. Wing-tak Wong, Deputy President and Provost of PolyU (right)

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Officiating guests celebrated the official launch of the School of Fashion and Textiles: Dr Lam Tai-fai, Chairman of PolyU Council (Centre); Prof. Jin-Guang Teng, President of PolyU (3rd from left); Dr Lawrence Li Kwok-chang, Deputy Chairman of PolyU Council (3rd from right); Ms Shirley Chan, Chairlady of School Advisory Committee (2nd from left); Mr Sunny Tan, Member of the Legislative Council of the HKSAR – Textiles, and Garment constituency (2nd from right); Prof. Raymond Wong, Interim Dean of School of Fashion and Textiles (left); Prof. Wing-tak Wong, Deputy President and Provost of PolyU (right)

Officiating guests celebrated the official launch of the School of Fashion and Textiles: Dr Lam Tai-fai, Chairman of PolyU Council (Centre); Prof. Jin-Guang Teng, President of PolyU (3rd from left); Dr Lawrence Li Kwok-chang, Deputy Chairman of PolyU Council (3rd from right); Ms Shirley Chan, Chairlady of School Advisory Committee (2nd from left); Mr Sunny Tan, Member of the Legislative Council of the HKSAR – Textiles, and Garment constituency (2nd from right); Prof. Raymond Wong, Interim Dean of School of Fashion and Textiles (left); Prof. Wing-tak Wong, Deputy President and Provost of PolyU (right)

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HONG KONG SAR, Sept. 13 (Korea Bizwire) – The official upgrade of the Institute of Textiles and Clothing by Hong Kong Polytechnic University was announced on the 25th anniversary of establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. Also, the School of Fashion and Textiles was established (SFT), which is the third and largest school within PolyU. The opening ceremony was held at the University’s Jockey Club Innovation Tower last Friday (2 September).

The School is an international institution that combines fashion and textile education with innovative technology research. It will comprehensively enhance the competitive advantage of SFT graduates and Hong Kong’s fashion and textile industry while also aligning it with the market development of the Greater Bay Area. The School’s vision is to lead the fashion industry and create societal impact while offering solutions that leverage the research and innovative excellence of the School.

Prof. Jin-Guang Teng, President of PolyU, gave a speech at the opening ceremony of SFT.

At the opening ceremony of SFT, Prof. Jin Guang Teng, President at PolyU, delivered a speech.

The School is well-known for its high-quality teaching and academic achievements. Its academics hail from all over the world and are experts in a wide range of academic areas and research areas. These include smart and wearable textiles as well as medical textiles and functional clothing. Social fashion design, sustainable fashion and digital fashion marketing are just some of the areas they specialize in. According to a report by Stanford University in 2021, 13 ITC Scholars are ranked among the world’s top 2% scientists. Furthermore, according to CEOWORLD magazine, SFT was ranked the second in Asia and 43rd in the world of the World’s Best Fashion Schools in 2022. The School has achieved significant milestones in its pursuit for excellence in research to make a positive impact on society. SFT was highly praised by the Hong Kong University Grants Committee (UGC). “2020 Research Review Exercise”, and its research in design, performing arts, and creative arts was the best of the eight UGC-funded universities.

The ceremony’s officiating guests were included Mr Sunny TAN, Member of the Legislative Council of the HKSAR – Textiles, and Garment constituency; Dr LAM Tai-fai, Chairman of the PolyU Council; Prof. Jin-Guang TENG, the President of PolyU; and Ms Shirley CHAN, Chairlady of the Advisory Committee of SFT.

Professor Jin-Guang Teng, President at PolyU, said, “It gives me great pleasure to inaugurate the School of Fashion and Textiles as the University’s third flagship and independent school. The new School will push the boundaries of educational and research excellence even further. SFT’s vision is to be a world-leading centre in fashion and textiles education, interdisciplinary research and collaboration, playing a pivotal role in developing Hong Kong into a world-renowned fashion hub.”

Chairlady of SFT Advisory Committee, Ms Shirley Chan, said, “The new School of Fashion and Textiles will have a new emphasis on education, research and industry partnerships. PolyU has been a leading institution for fashion and textile education and research, both in Asia and globally, since 1957. The transformation of ITC to the School of Fashion and Textiles reflects its continuing position as an educational leader for many years to come.”

SFT has been working closely with the textile and fashion industry to meet increasing demands for high-tech technology. Significant projects include the Nu-Torque™ singles ring-yarn technology, the personalised posture training system for medical, sports and healthcare applications, and intelligent 3D human-modelling technology. These groundbreaking and influential projects have had an impact on the industry. SFT has maintained close ties to the government, NGOs, and disadvantaged groups despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

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SFT has allocated additional resources to support academic and technological education. Its courses keep pace with the times in order to best meet market requirements for advanced technology, and new subjects including artificial intelligence, digital fashion design, e-commerce and sustainable development are all being added to the School’s programmes. The revamped undergraduate programme – BA (Hons) Scheme in Fashion, and the taught postgraduate programme – MA in Global Fashion Management, are vivid representations of a prestigious, high quality, full spectrum fashion education with the trilogy of design, business and technology to accommodate local, regional and international demand for fashion talent.

About the School of Fashion and Textiles

Formerly known under the ITC (Institute of Textiles and Clothing), the School of Fashion and Textiles was the first to offer fashion and textiles education in Hong Kong. SFT has been a top-ranked institution in fashion, textile education, research, services, and design since its founding in 1957. SFT offers many academic programs that include design, marketing, fashion and textiles technology. Its groundbreaking research and innovations have accelerated the development of the global fashion industry and transformed Hong Kong from a manufacturing and retail base in the 1950s, 60s, to an international fashion design and creative hub today.

Website of the School of Fashion and Textile www.polyu.edu.hk/sft   

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