Happy 20th Birthday, CityU!
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Celebrating throughout the year
In mid-February, the President invited staff to contribute ideas for celebration activities, before 15 March, in line with the themes:
- communicating a vision for the development of the University as well as of
Hong Kong, and
- looking into the future with anticipation of greater achievements as empowered by the University's new role statement.
In order to provide more time for preparation and to build up momentum, major anniversary events will take place in the latter half of the year. Given the stringent financial environment, the Steering Committee and Working Groups agreed that the celebration programmes be inexpensive but of quality and significance.
The past two decades witnessed the growth of CityU from a polytechnic on a temporary campus in Mongkok to a fledgling university on a permanent campus that covers about 15.6 hectares. The student population swelled to over 17,000, and CityU now has an alumni population of 60,000. The number of academic programmes expanded from 7 in 1984 to over 140 today, ranging from associate degrees to research degrees. CityU's first twenty years also saw the University firmly establish its reputation in basic and applied research over a wide spectrum of disciplines. "The 20th anniversary provides the University with an opportunity to trumpet its achievements and also to express its aspirations," said Professor Chang. "In a dignified manner, all staff, students, alumni and friends of CityU will join and celebrate this memorable year with joy and pride."