20 June 2016

Dear alumni,

The past few weeks have been a challenging time for the University. The collapse of the structural roof of the Sports Hall, a highly regrettable incident, is a valuable lesson for all of us. The University always puts the safety of our students as a top priority. We will spare no efforts to enhance and ensure campus safety at CityU.

We fully endorse the findings and the recommendations made by the nine-member Investigation Committee in its report submitted to the University on 6 June. The University’s response together with the investigation report were released for the information of the campus, alumni and the public on 10 June after a press conference, which was broadcast live on campus. The information is now available on our website. Based on the report’s findings, the University will proceed to initiate appropriate actions against the responsible parties identified in the report.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our alumni, the Convocation and the entire CityU community for their staunch support and assistance over the past few weeks. Your letters and phone calls of support, and your suggestions and advice have been a tremendous source of encouragement for our colleagues. Moving forward, we will announce in due course plans for a state-of-the-art building that will not just replace the sports facilities temporarily lost in the incident but help enhance our overall academic capabilities with the goodwill and support of our many stakeholders, including alumni like you.

Meanwhile, I was delighted to have the opportunity to join the inauguration ceremony of the Fifth Standing Committee of the Convocation recently. I fully appreciate how former students from different generations and disciplines pledge their time and effort to promote the advancement of CityU. I am impressed by the bonds our alumni created during their university days, as shown at various Convocation events.

In addition to the local alumni network, non-local networks are also flourishing. The Shenzhen alumni chapter was inaugurated during a reunion organised by the Alumni Relations Office on 18 June, while alumni on the Gold Coast and in Sydney, Australia, will hold reunions on 1 July and 3 July, respectively. Joining these events will be a CityU delegation comprising alumni, student and staff runners who, thanks to generous alumni sponsorship, will run the Gold Coast Airport Marathon from 2 to 3 July to promote the marathon spirit.

Recently, the University and the National Palace Museum in Taipei have teamed up in another highly innovative project: the “Giuseppe Castiglione – Lang Shining New Media Art Exhibition” at CityU from 26 April to 25 August. The exhibition is a milestone in merging technology with creativity and art by digital means to enable both a virtual and a physical presentation of artworks and historical paintings. I invite our alumni to take time out of their busy schedules to visit this fascinating exhibition with friends and families. I am certain you will enjoy a remarkable experience of historical artworks brought to life by augmented reality technologies, made possible by CityU’s leadership in the field of creative media.

It is also my pleasure to report that as a result of the systematic implementation of the University Strategic Plans 2010-2015 and 2016-2020, as well as the positive progress in integrating teaching and research to enhance our academic programmes, CityU was placed 7th in the 2016 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Rankings: Asia; up two places from last year to rank 3rd among the local universities.

Last but not least, we extend our warm congratulations to School of Law alumnus Mr Richard Khaw Wei-Kiang (許偉強先生) who has been appointed as a Senior Counsel (SC) in Hong Kong. Mr Khaw is the second CityU graduate, after Mr Hectar Pun Hei (潘熙先生), to receive this honour. Their distinguished accomplishments strongly demonstrate how CityU alumni are leading in their professional fields and making valuable contributions to our society.

Best wishes for the summer!

Way Kuo
President and University Distinguished Professor
City University of Hong Kong

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