One of the action plans in our 2016–2019 Academic Development Proposal is to increase student and staff participation in activities that preserve and appraise traditional cultural heritage. These plans align with our commitment to pursue academic excellence and promote the arts. They also serve to support creativity, discovery, and innovation.
Over the past few years, we have championed the groundbreaking use of creative media and engineering technology to give new expression to cultural heritage and historical paintings. A unique series of artworks and exhibitions has given audiences on campus an immersive, true-to-life experience of ancient artworks regardless of time, space, and venue. These highly popular projects have included cutting-edge creative media works on the outstanding Mogao Grottoes at Dunhuang; the Italian painter Giuseppe Castiglione and his cross-cultural art; and the cultural legacy and future of Hakka kung fu. These projects demonstrate how ancient history and modern technology converge at CityU to offer new perspectives on traditional art; enhance student reflections on, and appreciation of, history and cultural preservation; and provide myriad opportunities for discovery and creativity.
In this regard, I was very pleased to hear how judges commended our students for their creativity at the recent Disney ImagiNations Hong Kong, a competition that the CityU team won with an entry that drew inspiration from two ancient Chinese artifacts installed on campus. Combining art and technology, the project mixed the old with the new to produce a highly innovative project.
To further advance our cultural development, CityU is developing collaborations with major international and local institutions to support a University museum, which will be located on the 18th floor of the Lau Ming Wai Academic Building. We have just recruited a director to take charge of the further planning and development of the new facility.
The CityU museum will be a hub for artistic and cultural excellence, creating cutting-edge, technology-rich, and cross-disciplinary exhibitions at the intersection of art, science, and technology. The exhibits will express CityU’s unique identity and support its educational goals and research innovations.
The museum will also contribute to CityU’s educational goal to promote the cross-fertilisation and mutual enrichment of global cultures and traditions, and thereby enhance intercultural understanding and human betterment.
Please support our museum and all its activities.
President and University Distinguished Professor