The CityU website is the single most important interface between the University, its stakeholders, and the world. The current website has been in service for many years without major changes. There have been many ad hoc changes here and there, resulting in inconsistency in style, and fragmented and duplicated content in various sites.
Meanwhile, our institutional identity, web technology and user behaviour have changed significantly. The gaps between user expectations and what the current website delivers have widened, resulting in a deteriorating user experience. In fact, our problems are not unique; many universities around the world have completely redesigned their websites in recent years.
To ensure the CityU website remains at the cutting edge, befitting a leading global university, there is a need to redesign our University website.
The University has set up the University Web Redesign Task Group, chaired by the Vice-President (Development and External Relations) to drive the University website redesign project to achieve its strategic goals of delivering a consistent and effective branding message to further reinforce our strong brand image, providing an enhanced and efficient web navigation experience, and ensuring an interactive and responsive experience adapted to multiple platforms. The Task Group will help shortlist and recommend suitable contractors to the University. Once the project is kicked off, the project team will consult with the various stakeholders.
Professor Matthew LEE Vice-President (Development & External Relations)
Professor Horace IP Vice-President (Student Affairs)
Professor Christian WAGNER Chief Information Officer
Professor Richard ALLEN Dean (School of Creative Media)
Professor Hong YAN Acting Dean (College of Engineering)
Professor Julie LI Head (Department of Marketing)
Professor Richard YUEN Director of Communications and Public Relations
Ms Pauline CHAN Special Assistant and Manager (External Community), OP
Ms Millie MARK Director of Administration, College of Business
Mr Adams CHAN Acting Director, CSC
Ms Shirley LAM Associate Director (Development Services), OVPDE
The scope of the project is initially confined to the main university website. New web design guidelines for lower level subsites (for example, departments) will also be developed.
The Office of the Chief Information Officer will implement a web content management (WCM) platform to manage the websites. All departments and offices are strongly recommended to migrate their content to this university-wide WCM in the future to benefit from its underlying compliance with modern web technologies, search engine optimization, accessibility standards, etc.
Details of the implementation will be announced in due course.
Before completion of the new web template, all departments and offices are required to continue following the existing website template guidelines. This will facilitate future content migration from old design to the new design in 2019.
For further details, departments are advised to contact:
Mr. Adams Chan, Acting Director
Computing Services Centre
Ms. Shirley Lam, Associate Director (Development Services)
Office of the Vice-President (Development & External Relations)