Dean of Graduate School

Hong Kong (HK)
Jan 26, 2021
End of advertisement period
Jul 31, 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time



Dean of Graduate School (Ref. 21012104-IE)

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) is a government-funded tertiary institution in Hong Kong.  It offers programmes at various levels including Doctorate, Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees.  It has a full-time staff strength of around 5,300 including 1,200 academic staff.  The total annual consolidated expenditure budget of the University is in excess of HK$7.4 billion.  Committed to academic excellence, PolyU aspires to become a leading university that excels in professional education, world-class research and partnership for the betterment of Hong Kong, the nation and the world. For further details about the University, please visit PolyU’s website at

Job Functions

Reporting to Vice President (Research and Innovation), the appointee will lead the Graduate School (GS) to provide a full range of services and opportunities on matters pertinent to research postgraduate (RPg) education.

The appointee will be required to:

(a)    formulate and implement university-wide policies and strategies to enhance the quality and impact of RPg education and the experience of RPg students;

(b)    oversee the administrative support to funding schemes related to RPg studies, e.g., Research Student Attachment Programme, International Postgraduate Scholarships for PhD Studies, Hong Kong PhD Fellowship, etc.;

(c)    expand and enhance promotional initiatives and strategies for the recruitment of high quality RPg students both locally and overseas;

(d)    proactively facilitate interdisciplinary research collaborations among RPg students and with other researchers; 

(e)    support the all-round development of RPg students and their career development potential as scholars/researchers through various activities;

(f)    facilitate the development of alumni activities for RPg graduates; and

(g)    perform any other duties as assigned by Vice President (Research and Innovation) or his/her delegate(s) or the Central Management of the University.

The successful candidate will be appointed Chair Professor normally on regular terms and hold a concurrent deanship appointment which is usually for a renewable three-year term. The appointee is expected to resume his/her substantive position at the end of the deanship appointment. 


Applicants should be a visionary and inspiring leader with a strong drive for excellent performance and have: 

(a)    outstanding academic qualifications at Chair Professor level with evidence of eminent scholarship;

(b)    a distinguished reputation as a world-leading researcher, and a strong track record of performance in teaching, professional services and successful leadership and management at a senior level;

(c)    the ability to promote collaboration across faculties and departments so as to build a forward-looking team in support of the future development of RPg education;

(d)    effective communication, interpersonal and resources management skills and excellent adaptability to changes and challenges; 

(e)    substantial knowledge of the higher education environment in the local, regional and/or global contexts; and

(f)    an excellent command of both written and spoken English and preferably Chinese, with fluency in Putonghua being an advantage.

Remuneration and Conditions of Service

Terms of appointment and remuneration package are negotiable and highly competitive.  For general information on terms and conditions for appointment of academic staff in the University, please visit the website at

Application and Nomination

Applicants are invited to send a detailed curriculum vitae by post with the names and addresses of three referees, and direct any enquiries to the Chairman of the Selection Committee for recruitment of Dean of Graduate School, Human Resources Office, 13/F, Li Ka Shing Tower, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong or via email to, quoting the position being applied for and the reference number.  Consideration of applications and nominations will commence in early February 2021 until the position is filled.  Candidature may be obtained by nominations.  General information about the University is available at or from the Human Resources Office [Tel: (852) 2766 5040].  The University’s Personal Information Collection Statement for recruitment can be found at

PolyU is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusivity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to gender, ethnicity, nationality, family status or physical or mental disabilities.    

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