Dear Colleagues,

I want to reiterate once again that safety is our priority during the construction period on campus over the next four years. Safety should be observed faithfully on all occasions for all events and must not be compromised. Particularly, we should strictly obey traffic control regulations at the U-Circle. That is our commitment.

This year we are delighted to welcome four "heavyweights" as honorary graduates: Professor Alain Aspect, Dr Hu Shao Ming Herman, Dr the Honourable Lee Shau-kee, and Professor Cédric Villani. Their presence as part of CityU will serve as a huge boost as we go forwards.

Professor Alain Aspect is a Wolf Prize Laureate in Physics and a professor at the Institut d’Optique Graduate School in France. He was conferred an Honorary Doctor of Science. He is known for his experiments illuminating intriguing properties of quantum mechanics.

Dr Hu Shao Ming Herman, Chairman of Ryoden Development Limited, was conferred an Honorary Doctor of Social Science. A long-time friend of CityU, Dr Hu was Council Chairman from 2012 to 2017. He has extensive experience in industrial and public service leadership.

Dr Lee Shau-kee, Chairman and Managing Director of Henderson Land Development Co. Ltd, was conferred an Honorary Doctor of Business Administration. Dr Lee is a prominent business leader and a well-known philanthropist. He has funded many worthwhile training projects for more than 1.2 million farmers and 11,000 doctors in mainland China.

Professor Cédric Villani, Fields medalist in 2010, is a professor at the Université Claude Bernard (Lyon) 1. He was conferred an Honorary Doctor of Science. He has received many national and international prizes for his research in mathematics.

I would also like to commend four CityU faculty members for their recent recognition from the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). Their leadership of Joint Laboratories established by CAS and academic institutions in Hong Kong was recognised in an evaluation in 2018. The Joint Laboratory of Nanomaterials and Nanomechanics was selected as one of four “outstanding joint laboratories” while the Joint Laboratory on Neutron Scattering Science and Technology was ranked 1st among five new joint laboratories in the evaluation. The Director of the former is Professor Lu Jian, CityU’s Vice-President (Research and Technology), and the Director of the latter is Professor Wang Xunli, Head of the Department of Physics.

Our Joint Laboratory for Robotics and Joint Laboratory for Functional Materials and Devices were selected in the “Qualified” category. The directors are Professor Li Wen Jung of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and Professor Lee Chun-sing, Head of the Department of Chemistry.

My heartiest congratulations to these four exemplary leaders in research at CityU for attracting such rare high levels of respect and admiration from CAS.


Way Kuo
President and University Distinguished Professor