CityU Banquet showcases students’ sense of belonging

Ellen Chan

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The Students' Union of CityU organised the annual CityU Banquet on 26 October. This year's theme was "Love - CityU", highlighting students' sense of belonging to the University.

Nearly 190 tables were fully booked, with more than 2,000 Council members, staff, alumni and students participating in the banquet. Among the guests were Dr Norman Leung Nai-pang,

University Pro-Chancellor; Dr Dennis Sun Tai-lun, Chairman of the Council's Community Relations Committee; Professor David Tong Shuk-yin, Deputy President; Dr Ellen Ko Law Yin-lan, Vice-President (Administration); and Mr Zhang Xueli, Division Chief of the Youth Department at the Central Government's Liaison Office in Hong Kong.

In his welcoming speech, Dr Leung said that although CityU's history is only 23 years long, he is glad to recognise that with the efforts of the students and staff, all these years have seen great achievements. "We are each members of CityU's big family, we all love CityU and are proud of our University," Dr Leung said, adding that he believes CityU will prosper in the future.

Professor Tong said CityU performed very well last year. The average score of newly admitted students was the highest to date and graduates found better jobs. This shows that CityU's efforts over the years have been recognised. The University's financial situation is extremely healthy with the biggest surplus in its history.

"With a strong base and sufficient resources, CityU will continue to provide high quality education and research opportunities for students and staff. Let us work hand in hand, and create a better future for CityU," Professor Tong said.

The joyful and festive occasion featured performances by the CityU Band Society, Dancing Society, Magic Society and a local pop singer. There was also a talent competition and a lucky draw. Students and staff mingled with each other and all had a memorable night.

Sixtus Leung Chung-hang, President of the Students' Union, thanked all the students and staff who made the CityU Banquet such a big success. "This year is the 12th since the inaugural event. I hope that this meaningful event will continue in the future," he said.

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