Tapping of talents reflects positively on CityU

Victor Fung

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Professor Y S Wong, Vice-President (Administration) of City University of Hong Kong, will join the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) as Vice-President for Administration and Business in April. His presence will surely be missed, said University President Professor H K Chang.


However, Professor Chang said, he fully understood Professor Wong’s decision to rejoin HKUST, where he last served as Associate Vice-President for Research & Development, because the responsibilities of Vice-President for Administration and Business at HKUST are much wider than those of Professor Wong’s current portfolio at CityU. “It is clearly a career advancement for Professor Wong,” Professor Chang commented.


In recent years, several senior CityU academics and administrators have been recruited by reputable and well-established higher-education institutions in Hong Kong and overseas. (See Table 1). Professor Haydn Chen Hai-dung, Professor (Chair) of Materials Science and Head of the Department of Physics and Materials Science, for example, has joined Taiwan’s TunghaiUniversity as President. The trend only demonstrates worldwide recognition of CityU’s international standing and its pool of talents, Professor Chang said. Indeed, CityU’s ranking has jumped 20 places to 178 in the world’s top 200 universities, according to the Times Higher Education Supplement 2005 survey.


It is only natural that talented members of staff move to other educational institutions and sometimes across borders, and to other sectors too, for that matter. CityU has recruited many distinguished scholars and administrators from other renowned universities as well in recent years, including Deputy President Professor David Tong.


Steps were being taken to address Professor Wong’s departure, Professor Chang said, adding that there were talented personnel at CityU and elsewhere who could fill Professor Wong’s shoes. Or perhaps it was time to take a fresh look at senior management structure in view of the University’s urgent tasks over the next few years and decide the best way forward, he said.


The University has established six task groups to look into challenges in areas including space utilization and research enhancement. (See Bulletin No. 53)


Not only has CityU proven that it has grown into a full-fledged, mature university with a significant pool of talented teaching and management staff, its students have also won local and international recognition. In the past two months alone, 14 students and recent graduates have received awards and accolades from local and international bodies. (See Table 2.)


“With high-calibre academics and administrators, plus high-quality and promising students, I firmly believe that CityU will become a leading university in the Asia-Pacific region in the not too distant future,” Professor Chang said.


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