Master of Science / Postgraduate Diploma in FACILITY MANAGEMENT
To equip candidates with the necessary knowledge, attitudes, analytical ability, and management skills in order to enhance their individual career and professional development;
To provide facility management professionals with an opportunity to critically review and to update their knowledge and skills in the management of large and complex premises and organizations.
The program achieves these goals through a combination of formal lectures, seminars and weekend workshops. Workshops are based on real life cases designed to translate theory into practical applications via scenarios, group discussions and presentations.
Program Aims Facility management has developed rapidly over the past few decades, initially in North America and the UK, and more recently in Europe, Australia, East Asia and Southeast Asia. The development of facility management education and training has been driven primarily by demand at the postgraduate level, drawing from a broad base of existing professional disciplines ranging from those involved with engineering-based building services to those related to property management and space planning. Facility management as a discipline is grounded in the field of management, with a clear understanding of the nature and demands of an organisation’s core business requirements.
The role of the facility manager is increasingly recognised as critical in supporting the realisation of business plans through the careful alignment of an organisation’s physical asset base and the appropriate sourcing of facility support services. To be effective, a facility manager must have broad knowledge of all of the elements that affect the efficient performance of buildings, appropriate policies, management processes and the people who work in them.
Program Characteristics This program is structured with a view to achieving a balance between theory and practice:
To provide facility management professionals with opportunities to critically review and update their knowledge and skills in the management of people, property and technology;
To integrate facility management practice with the efficient and effective management of business resources;
To apply innovative methods and procedures in the practice of facility management; and
To bring into focus and develop appropriate action plans for the managers and operators of facilities to deal with workplace issues in a dynamic business environment.
The Program’s objectives are:
To position the HKPU as the primary provider of high level facility management education, training, research and consultancy to clients in both the private and public sectors in Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta area;
To continue to meet the market demand for up-to-date professional educational training in the field of facility management from a basis of continuous research and development and maintaining strong links with industry and professional institutions in Hong Kong and internationally.
Program Acceptance As a self-funded program, the viability of the program is dependent on income generated from students’ enrolment. However, it is the intention of the Department of Building Services Engineering to invest in this growing discipline. The range of expertise within the department has made this possible and the results so far have been encouraging – being a leading graduate program in Facility Management in the Asia Pacific region.
The program has grown from strength to strength since its inception in 1996. The structure of the program has built on the strength of the multi-disciplinary staff in the Department. The program is the first full fee paying program approved by the Faculty and one of the most successful in the Faculty, attracting on average, three times the number of applications compared to a prescribed quota of 40 enrolment per year.
The increasing awareness of organisations in both the private and public sectors of the value of Facility Management has been reflected in the steady growth in demand for the program since its introduction in 1996. The program offered by the Department of Building Services Engineering is the first formal training program in Facility Management in Hong Kong and the Far East.
In the highly built-up and serviced infrastructure of Hong Kong, the emphasis on engineering adequacy has always been a major concern of owners and occupiers of buildings. The blend of Facility Management training offered by the Department of Building Services Engineering has the advantage of up-skilling graduate engineers, surveyors, maintenance and real estate professionals to the latest developments in the effective management of assets and facilities services needed for modern businesses. The combination of management tools and techniques together with emphasis on engineering advances in the various building services components in modern sophisticated buildings fits well in an environment like Hong Kong where the real estate market is seen as the barometer of the state of the economy.
Program definition The program is structured to enable students to choose a combination of subjects from several focuses depending on the professional background of the student: 1. Strategic Management focus 2. Technology Applications focus 3. Building Environment focus
Building Services Engineering
Department of Building Services Engineering Block Z, Level 8, 181 Chat Ham Road South, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong
This programme has a credit-based structure that allows a flexible study mode leading to professional recognition in Hong Kong, North America and the UK. Students must complete 10 subjects (including 4 Compulsory Core Subjects and at least 3 other Core Subjects) OR 7 subjects (including 4 Compulsory Core Subjects and at least 2 other Core Subjects) plus a Facility Management Dissertation (9 credits). Core Areas of Study The following is a brief summary of the core areas of study. Students will be provided with detailed information on the subjects available upon registration. Facility Management: Professional Practice Strategic Facility Planning & Asset Management Research Project Economics for Facility Management Maintenance Management of Built Assets Facilities Support Services Management Technology Integration for Facility Management Sustainability & the Built Environment Legal Aspects for Facility Management
Hong Kong Institute of Facility Management (HKIFM), International Facility Management Association (IFMA), Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).