Dear Colleagues,

Now that the new semester is well underway, we have a great deal of good news to share. CityU has moved up two places to 55th in the 2016–17 World University Rankings by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), and is 119th in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, a jump of at least 82 places on the previous year.

We would also like to congratulate Professor Chan Chi-hou, Chair Professor in the Department of Electronic Engineering and the Director of the State Key Laboratory of Millimeter Waves, for his team’s success in being awarded $28 million for the project “A Compact System for Terahertz Imaging and Spectroscopy” by the Theme-based Research Scheme under the Research Grants Council of the University Grants Committee.

More good news is the recent launch of the six-year Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine (BVM) at CityU. The BVM, which marks a milestone in the development of veterinary education in Hong Kong and the region, is being jointly developed by our School of Veterinary Medicine and Cornell University. The first cohort of students will be admitted in 2017–18. CityU’s leadership in this groundbreaking initiative will enable Hong Kong to establish an international name for itself as a hub for veterinary medicine.

CityU has been taking the lead in preserving Chinese cultural heritage, too. The “Giuseppe Castiglione—Lang Shining New Media Art Exhibition” and “300 Years of Hakka Kung Fu—Digital vision of its legacy and future” both won acclaim for the innovative ways they merge traditional art with digital technology. The artworks featured at the exhibitions were pioneered by the School of Creative Media and our collaborative partners. These projects demonstrate that cultural heritage offers valuable opportunities for discovery and creativity, in addition to promoting art appreciation and cultural preservation.

People are CityU’s most valuable assets and so I was delighted that we won three awards in the 2015–16 Family-Friendly Employers Award Scheme, an initiative jointly organised by the Home Affairs Bureau and the Family Council. In the meantime, efforts are continuing to identify the most viable option for our new Sports Hall so that staff and students can enjoy our excellent campus sports facilities once again.

Way Kuo
President and University Distinguished Professor