Chapter One

Vision, Mission and Core Values

1.1 Vision

City University of Hong Kong aspires to become a leading global university, excelling in research and professional education.

1.2 Mission

To nurture and develop the talents of students and to create applicable knowledge in order to support social and economic advancement.

1.3 Core Values

The academic capacity and vitality of City University of Hong Kong flow from, and are nourished by, the core values listed in the following table which underpin the Strategic Plan.

1. Excellence

City University is committed to building excellence throughout its educational, research and outreach programmes, involving every unit of the institution and every member of the City University community. This pursuit of excellence is driven by our respect for knowledge, our passion for learning, and our concern for human well-being.

2. Honesty

Honesty and high ethical standards will inform all actions of City University as an academic enterprise dedicated to scholarship, discovery and creativity. These standards are the hallmark of our success and our excellence as a great university.

3. Freedom of Enquiry

The freedom and responsibility of all faculty and students to engage in critical enquiry, intellectual discourse and academic debate is vital to the advancement of the frontiers of knowledge and the pursuit of higher truths. Within the City University community, academic faculty should take the lead in promoting the rational debate of ideas and constructive problem-solving based on academic values and priorities.

4. Accountability

A sustained commitment to openness and accountability is critical to City University's success as a public institution of international standing. The best interests of City University are served by having in place structures which ensure accountability at all levels and a commitment to raising quality through continuous improvement.

5. Civility and Collegiality

Fostering civil dialogue, promoting collegial exchanges and cultivating mutual respect are essential to our healthy development as an increasingly diverse and robust community of students, alumni, faculty and staff. These values support a robust academic culture which nurtures our academic enterprise and intellectual life.

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