Coming off a very fruitful 2015 for CityU, we will continue to enhance our efforts over the next 12 months to create an even more supportive environment for staff and students so that they can pursue excellence and realise their potential.
In 2014–15, over 1,200 CityU undergraduate students, supported by our exchange programmes, were able to benefit from spending either a full semester or a summer term studying overseas or on the mainland. In parallel, CityU hosted some 5,000 non-local students last year from all around the world on our campus. It is encouraging to witness a thriving international community growing at CityU, providing valuable opportunities for intellectual cross-fertilisation and intercultural learning for the younger generation.
We were excited that “Resonance,” a CityU student-initiated and student-managed project, won an award from the University Grants Committee in 2015 for encouraging multi-cultural integration. The project, supported by CityU’s Global Services Office and the College of Science and Engineering, was led by a group of 15 students from Bangladesh, Hong Kong, India, Iraq and South Korea, and involved over 200 local and non-local students. The activities organised served as an excellent platform for students from various cultural backgrounds to learn to work with differences and to benefit from the richness of diversity.
We were also delighted to hear that the City University International Society, an association of international undergraduates, has formally joined the University’s Students’ Union, marking an important step forward in the promotion of a culture of integration and inclusiveness on campus. There are also plans to expand the halal food catering service on campus in order to cater to the entire University community.
Another new initiative is the recent launch of the CityU Innopreneurship Ecosystem. The objective is to provide CityU staff, students and alumni with assistance across the different entrepreneurial stages and thereby nurture talent, including access to mentoring networks, funding schemes, and incubation programmes. The project is supported by the Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation, the CityU Innovation Commons and the CityUE Investment Fund. It will enable putting innovation and entrepreneurship into practice.
For the eighth time, I ran with our CityU colleagues, their families, our students and alumni in the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2016, this time in torrential rain, which was an unusual experience. As I have said before, the Marathon has become a symbol of the CityU spirit of teamwork, discipline and perseverance. The number of CityU runners participating in the event has significantly increased, from 637 in 2009 to 1,232 this year. And I was delighted to see so much support for CityU runners from the CityU community during the race on 17 January, representing clearly our solidarity and unity.
All the best,
President and University Distinguished Professor