PolyU announces the establishment of the School of Fashion and Textiles to nurture innovative, creative fashion talent and capitalize on opportunities in the Greater Bay Area

HONG KONG SAR – Media OutReach – September 8, 2022 – On the 25th anniversary of the establishment of Hong Kong SAR, Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) announced the official modernization of the Institute of Textiles and Clothing (ITC) and the establishment of the School of Fashion and Textiles (SFT). , the third flagship and independent school within PolyU. The opening ceremony took place last Friday (September 2) in the University’s Jockey Club Innovation Tower.

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Official guests celebrated the official launch of the School of Fashion and Textiles:

dr Lam Tai-fai, Chair of PolyU Council (middle); Prof. Jin-Guang Teng, President of PolyU (3rd from left); dr Lawrence Li Kwok-chang, Vice Chair of PolyU Council (3rd from right); Ms. Shirley Chan, Chair of the School’s Advisory Committee (2nd from left); Mr. Sunny Tan, Legislative Council Member for HKSAR Constituency – Textiles and Garments (2nd from right); Prof. Raymond Wong, Interim Dean of the School of Fashion and Textiles (left); Prof. Wing-tak Wong, Vice President and Provost of PolyU (right)

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

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

The school is known for its quality teaching and academic achievements. Its academics come from all over the world and are specialized and leaders in a variety of academic and research areas, including wearable and smart textiles, medical textiles and performance wear, social fashion design, sustainable fashion, digital fashion marketing and fashion supply chain management. According to a 2021 Stanford University report, 13 ITC grantees are among the 2% of the world’s best scientists. In addition, according to CEOWORLD magazine, SFT ranked second in Asia and 43rd in the world of the world’s top fashion schools in 2022. The school has set and achieved significant milestones in its pursuit of excellence in societal impact research. Last year, SFT was highly commended by the Hong Kong University Grants Committee (UGC) “2020 Research Review Exercise” and its research in creative arts, performing arts and design was the best among the eight UGC-funded institutions.

Official guests at the opening ceremony included Mr. Sunny TAN, Member of Legislative Council of Constituency HKSAR – Textiles and Clothing; dr LAM Tai-fai, Chairman of the PolyU Council; Prof. Jin-Guang TENG, the President of PolyU; and Ms. Shirley CHAN, Chair of the Advisory Committee of SFT.

Prof. Jin-Guang Teng, President of PolyU, said: “It gives me great pleasure to open 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 center for fashion and textile education, interdisciplinary research and collaboration, and to play a crucial role in Hong Kong’s development into a world-renowned fashion hub.”

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

To meet the increasing demand for advanced technology in the fashion and textile industries, SFT has worked closely with the industry, both locally and internationally, to introduce knowledge transfer and apply innovative and insightful technologies. Notable projects include Nu-Torque™ Singles Ring-Yarn technology, personalized posture training system for medical, sports and health applications, and 3D intelligent human modeling technology. These had groundbreaking and far-reaching influences within the industry. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, SFT has maintained its close ties with the government, NGOs and disadvantaged groups alongside the successful development of new anti-virus 3D printing materials, reusable anti-virus PU30 masks and protective clothing.

SFT has provided additional resources to encourage academic and technology education and research. Their courses keep up with the times to best meet market demands for advanced technology and new subjects such as artificial intelligence, digital fashion design, e-commerce and sustainable development are all being added to the school’s programmes. The revised undergraduate program – BA (Hons) Scheme in Fashion and the taught postgraduate program – 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 local, regional and international demand for fashion talent.

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About the School of Fashion and Textiles

Formerly known as the Institute of Textiles and Clothing (ITC), the School of Fashion and Textiles (SFT) is the pioneer of fashion and textile education in Hong Kong. Since its founding in 1957, SFT has grown into a world-class institution in fashion and textile education, research and services. SFT offers a wide range of academic programs spanning disciplines such as fashion and textile technology, design, retail and marketing, underwear and sportswear, and knitwear design and technology. His extensive pioneering research and innovation has fueled the development of the global textile and fashion industry and helped transform Hong Kong from a manufacturing and trading base in the 1950s and 60s to an international fashion design, creative and branding hub of today.

School of Fashion and Textile website: www.polyu.edu.hk/sft

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