We are delighted that CityU was ranked 57th in the world in the latest QS World University Rankings published in September. This new ranking represents a substantial leap of 51 positions on the previous year, affirming the high quality of our scholars and CityU’s strong performance as a global institution.
I would also like to mention that in order to further support the pursuit of excellence at CityU, and in addition to increasing the operating budget of Academic Units by 8% for 2015–2016, the salaries of all faculty and staff on regular terms of employment, as well as the scholarships for non-local students, will be covered by central funding from the University from 2015–2016 onwards.
The new academic year has brought another cohort of students to campus, entrusted to us by their parents with the hope that we will provide them with a useful education, make a difference in their lives and prepare them to contribute to society as responsible citizens. Given the rapidly changing environment faced by our graduates and the increasing demands of today’s highly competitive corporate settings, we are tasked with offering our students a transformative and challenging educational experience, developing their capabilities and stretching their potential to the full.
We rely on our dedicated colleagues to accomplish our mission. They are the bedrock of the University. Indeed, promoting a healthy and productive campus is a priority in the Strategic Plan 2015–2020. In this regard, I was happy to see the launch of the Staff Social Club on 25 September. The Club’s diverse activities and programmes will enhance the work-life balance and the well-being of our staff members and their families.
CityU has come a long way to become what it is today. Moving forward, we should continue to strengthen the integration of education and research, streamline and renew our academic programmes, benchmark them against international standards, and phase out those that have become outdated and not sufficiently challenging.
I call on all colleagues to serve as good role models for our students, engage them early on, and inspire them to learn, discover and innovate in response to the challenges of the 21st century.
We are ahead of the curve of change. Let us maintain the momentum.
President and University Distinguished Professor