CityU welcomes new President
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Among more than 200 guests were friends of CityU, including community leaders, government officials, consuls general, donors, honorary graduates and former Council members. Present were also members of the CityU Council, Senate and Convocation, academic and administrative department heads, staff and student representatives and alumni.
In an introductory address, Mr Chung Shui-ming, Chairman of Council of CityU, spoke of the influence Professor Kuo had already brought to bear on campus since his start date and in the months preceding his official assumption of duty. “Professor Kuo has already impressed me with his passion for the future of the University and the dedication he has displayed in facing the challenges confronting CityU,” said Mr Chung.
Professor Kuo said there would undoubtedly be many challenges ahead, but he believed that with the unwavering support of UGC members, Education Bureau officials, Legislative Councillors, community leaders, colleagues at higher-education institutions, donors and the CityU community, many of the issues would be resolved.
Professor Kuo said CityU would strive to reach beyond the city boundaries of Hong Kong and aim for its applied research and teaching to have an international impact. “We have our challenge - our challenge is to be among the best in the whole world and to serve our society,” he said.
After the speeches, Professor Kuo proposed a toast to CityU. The audience then mingled to a backdrop of traditional and western music played by CityU students.
In coming to CityU, Professor Kuo relinquished his position as University Distinguished Professor and Dean of Engineering at the University of Tennessee. He was previously the Wisenbaker Chair of Engineering in Innovation and Executive Associate Dean of Engineering at Texas A&M University. For seven productive years he was head of its Department of Industrial Engineering, which under his leadership came to be rated among the best in the US.
Professor Kuo is a Foreign Member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering. He is also a member of the US National Academy of Engineering, Academia Sinica in Taiwan, and International Academy for Quality.