City University of Hong Kong (CityU), having celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2014, is now firmly established on both global and regional stages. Globally, our University routinely appears among highly ranked academic institutions. Regionally, CityU is now an engine for social and economic mobility for our students, and contributes substantially to Hong Kong's development through many forms of knowledge transfer.

We present in our Strategic Plan 2015–2020, Making a Difference through Excellence in Research and Professional Education, our goals for the next five years. We intend to maintain our dynamic trajectory towards becoming a leading global university, excelling in research and professional education while serving the citizens of Hong Kong and ensuring our students are well prepared professionally for the fast-changing global environment of the 21st century.

It is expected that the higher education sector in Hong Kong will reflect dynamic trends in globalisation and technology during the period 2015-2020. We anticipate that our University's continuing emphasis on promoting discovery and innovation as core elements in our educational enterprise and our strategic collaborations with Mainland China will enable CityU and its students to continue to flourish.

Moreover, our faculty's cutting-edge, problem-based research projects will allow us to address global interdisciplinary challenges and advance the quality of life in Hong Kong. To provide a suitable campus culture for progressing towards these goals, we will endeavour to enhance our policies and processes for governance, quality assurance and accountability, and develop appropriate external partnerships that will provide leverage for our drive towards excellence.

Although the five years embraced by this Strategic Plan represent a relatively brief period, we are nonetheless confident that by working together we will be able to attain the Plan's ambitious goals.

CityU's ability to move forward depends on the many contributions of our large and supportive community of faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends. We hope you will join us in our vitally important pursuit of excellence in research and professional education.