Established in 1989, the Department of Information Engineering was the first and is still the only Information Engineering Department in Hong Kong. It has gained a world-wide reputation for its leading edge research and top quality programmes. Out of its current 20 regular faculty members, 6 are IEEE Fellows and 2 IEE Fellows.
In the past twenty odd years, in addition to educating many undergraduate and postgraduate students, the department has made many significant achievements, in research and societal contributions. For example, it helped Hong Kong to make its first connection to the Internet; it helped set up a large education network for schools to use; and IE professors led (co-PI and PI) the only two Area-of-Excellence projects in Hong Kong, the largest kinds of research projects funded by Hong Kong government.