CityU prepares graduates for a globalized world

Michelle Leung

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City University of Hong Kong (CityU) is holding its 2006 Congregation from 9 to 17 November. Chancellor of CityU and Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen was the presiding officer at today's (15 November) Congregation. This year, CityU has produced 9,178 graduates through its provision of quality professional education.

In total, there are 91 doctor of philosophy degrees, plus six engineering doctorates; 112 master of philosophy degrees; 1,917 master’s degrees; 387 postgraduate diplomas/certificates; 3,602 bachelor’s degrees; and 409 associate degrees. The Community College of City University conferred 2,654 associate degrees.

In addition, honorary degrees were conferred upon Mr Liu Changle, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Phoenix Satellite Television Holdings Ltd; Mr Xu Guanhua, Minister of Science and Technology of China; and Professor Rosie Tse-tse Young, Honorary Professor in medicine at the University of Hong Kong. (For the biographies of the honorary doctorate holders, please click here.)


Pro-Chancellor Dr Norman Leung Nai-pang, Council Chairman Mr Chung Shui-ming and other members of Council attended today’s Congregation.

In his address, Professor H K Chang, University President, recalled his first Congregation speech at CityU ten years ago. He talked about what CityU and Hong Kong had become and what challenges our new graduates would face in the future. (Full-text of President's address)

Hong Kong was still a colony 10 years ago, but now it is a special administrative region. According to Professor Chang, 10 years ago most people in Hong Kong still called CityU by its previous name, City Polytechnic, but now CityU is recognized and respected internationally, having nurtured more than 65,000 professionals in total. The ever-changing world has become so “flattened” in the new age of globalization, however, that each professional worker is potentially an equal competitor.

In order to cope with the future challenges, Professor Chang told the graduates “never cease to strengthen yourself” and reminded them that “only after you learn will you realize there is much more to learn”.

“Dear graduates, this is the field of competition you are entering. It is as if you have been selected to compete in the 2028 Olympic Games, but you do not know in what event you will be asked to compete, nor will you know the rules of the event until 2027,” he said. “But do not let that prospect scare you. You have been given the necessary preparation at CityU for this type of competition.”

In his note of thanks, Mr Xu said that it was an immense honour to be conferred an honorary degree by CityU. “Today is such a day, a day that Mr Liu Changle, Professor Rosie Young and I will never forget. We will adhere to CityU’s motto Officium et Civitas and let it be our common inspiration,” he said.


Graduate representative Ng Lok-hang of the School of Law said in his speech that the Class of 2006 at CityU received legal education at a time when the rule of law was most needed. “Our society calls for the rule of law to ground the principle of ‘one country-two systems’. In this respect, the School of Law has provided its students with a first-class education and so we are prepared to face whatever challenges that the world has to offer,” he said.


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