Dear Colleagues,

As we approach the end of another year, I am sure our faculty, teachers and staff will be gratified to know that the hard work that they have invested in nurturing our students’ talents has again borne fruitful results. In the past one month alone, CityU students’ outstanding achievements in sports, the arts and global employability have featured prominently in headline news stories in many local and international media.

For the first time in our history, four students and two graduates from CityU representing Hong Kong won three gold, two silver and two bronze medals in the World University Woodball Championship. This was our second major sporting success after two CityU squash players won the gold and bronze medals in the men’s event of the World University Squash Championship earlier this year. As one of our winners said, what she values most is not just winning, but learning to concentrate her mind to strive for the very best, a skill that is invaluable when dealing with problems in life.

In the arts scene, Mr Wong Chun, a graduate from the School of Creative Media won the Best New Director award at the 53rd Taipei Golden Horse Awards for his first feature film Mad World. He expressed his deep appreciation for his teachers for inspiring him to pursue a career in directing. His film explores the tense family relationships and intense emotional pains suffered by people with mental disorders in a world which is often cruel and unjust. CityU is proud that our graduates are making good use of their professional education to try and make a real difference to society.

Back home, the CityU Arts Festival, now in its second year, opened with an enchanting performance of the Yellow River Piano Concerto by our CityU Philharmonic Orchestra and the famous pianist Zhang Peng. This was followed by the musical Fame played by CityU students to over 1,000 spectators at the Wong Cheung Lo Hui Yuet Hall over two nights. Many of the performing students were first-time singers, actors or dancers. After going four months of disciplined training and hard work, they overcame their difficulties and anxieties, and succeeded with confidence in turning their dream into reality in the same way as the fictional characters in the musical.

We are most delighted that CityU graduates have been ranked among the top 150 for the third consecutive year by the Global University Employability Ranking 2016, designed by the French human resources company Emerging and published exclusively in Times Higher Education. We thank Student Development Services and our departments and offices across campus for their efforts in helping CityU to do so well in this employability survey. We hope they will continue to expand their initiatives to support and promote the all-round development of our students.

Before closing, let me invite you and your family to join us at the Christmas Concert to be performed by our staff and students on 16 December to celebrate the festive season.

Season’s greetings to you all!

Way Kuo
President and University Distinguished Professor