PolyU SPEED unveils a unique property and asset management degree programmeEducation | 15 Jun 2021
The School of Professional Education and Executive Development of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU SPEED) offers a new articulation honours degree programme - BSc (Hons) in Property and Asset Management - to sub-degree graduates and working adults in the 2021/22 academic year. Graduates will receive a degree awarded by PolyU.
In response to the changing needs of talents in the property management market, PolyU SPEED has revamped and restructured its housing management programme as the BSc (Hons) in Property and Asset Management (PAM) programme under the BSc (Hons) Scheme in Surveying and Built Environment to equip students with both academic and professional knowledge and skills for entry into the industry.
Dr Joseph Chan, Award Leader of the PAM programme, notices that there is a general misunderstanding of the role of PAM. “Property management is about the day-to-day operations of a residential or commercial building. Aside from cleaning and maintenance, it also covers the knowledge of property law and maintaining good relationships with stakeholders.”
As for asset management, he explains that it covers even broader aspects. “It encompasses private facilities, such as clubhouses and meeting rooms, as well as other related aspects like property valuation, legal advice and sales & marketing.”
To build up students’ industry and functional competencies for their future careers, the restructured PAM programme offers diverse subjects to help students acquire the most up-to-date academic and professional knowledge in the property and asset management industry.
“For instance, the compulsory subject of Building Services I paves the way for students to become a property officer,” he notes. “We also offer specialised electives to keep pace with the industry, such as Information Technology and Building Information Modelling for Construction, Facilities Management, and Consumer Psychology.”
Career-wise, the PAM programme enables graduates to develop their managerial careers in four major aspects, namely facilities management, leasing, property management, and property valuation.
Working as an assistant manager in a commercial real estate services firm, Sam Chan, a graduate of the BA (Hons) in Housing Management, fully endorses the School’s professional training.
“I have developed my interest in property valuation, thanks to the subject on Property Investment and Appraisal*. It gave me an overview of the industry,” he shares.
Advising prospective students, Sam says there are plenty of opportunities in the city’s property development. “If you wish to enter the field, an accredited degree is key, and the PolyU SPEED programmes are a good fit.”
In addition to the PAM programme, PolyU SPEED’s BSc (Hons) Scheme in Surveying and Built Environment also includes two professionally-oriented programmes, namely BSc (Hons) in Building Engineering and Management (BEM) and BSc (Hons) in Surveying.
“This Scheme, offered in two-year full-time and four-year part-time mode, is primarily designed for sub-degree graduates in the relevant fields.” Dr Sandy Tang, Scheme Leader, explains. She adds that the Scheme welcomes applicants without relevant knowledge as long as they are determined to change their careers and embark on a professional development path in this field.
Accredited by The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE), the BEM programme allows graduates to take Scheme “A” training in the discipline of Building (BUD), a fast track that enables graduates to become a professional engineer in a minimum of four years.
The Surveying programme, she elaborates, gives students flexibility in career development. “The programme is professionally accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in the UK (RICS), The Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors (HKIS) and the Hong Kong Institute of Construction Managers (HKICM), graduates are free to choose their profession path from any one of the five divisions, namely building surveying, quantity surveying, planning and development, property and facilities management or general practice surveying.”
Dr Tang also underlines the benefits of the Scheme’s worldwide accreditation. “Aside from local training, the Scheme also gives students a global vision to help them work in the Mainland and overseas countries,” she concludes.
Founded in 1999, PolyU SPEED is a leading self-financing tertiary education institution offering 28 full-time and 9 part-time articulation honours degree programmes, encompassing the domains of Accountancy, Surveying and Built Environment, Business, Engineering, Health Studies, Information Technology, Data Science, Hospitality and Tourism Management, Language and Communication, Marketing, Social Sciences and Humanities, and Design, etc. Among them, 20 programmes are recognised by professional bodies.
PolyU SPEED is to organise an Online Admission Day on 19 June (Saturday). Same-day interviews and result announcement will be arranged. Sub-degree graduates and working adults are welcome to apply.
To encourage working adults to upgrade their qualifications, PolyU SPEED offers the “Back-to-School Scholarship”, giving 40 places with HK$10,000 each.
For more information about the Online Admission Day, please visit: www.speed-polyu.edu.hk/admission-day-Jun2021.
*The subject is now replaced by “Urban Economics and Property Investment” and “Property Valuation” after the programme restructuring.