Buzz group meetings help shape CityU strategic plan

Eliza Lee

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In order to prepare its 2009-14 Strategic Plan, City University of Hong Kong (CityU) has organised five Strategic Planning "Buzz" Group meetings from 16 to 24 March to solicit the views and opinions of its stakeholders. A key element in the planning and development of the University, the strategic plan aims to position CityU as a leading global university in the 21st century.

Six priority action areas have been identified by the Strategic Planning Core Group under the leadership of Professor Richard Ho Yan-ki, Provost. They are: research and its infrastructure, student learning and career development, globalisation, campus planning and development, staff recruitment and retention as well as branding, image and culture. Working sub-groups for each priority action area were formed to set overall goals, determine an action plan, identify specific targets and complete evaluations.

The buzz group meetings are organised by the Office of the Provost. More than 300 faculty members and students took part in the multi-disciplinary consultation platform hosted by Professor Ho, Professor Paul Lam Kwan-sing, Vice-President (Student Affairs), and Professor Ng Sik-hung from the Department of Applied Social Studies.

During each meeting, participants were divided into small groups to formulate and present comments on the six priority action areas. Participants later expressed and shared their views.

Professor Ho thanked the participants for their involvement and constructive ideas. “After the fruitful discussions, I am more confident about putting the plan forward to make CityU happier and greater,” he said.

Dr Tan Chuan-hoo, Assistant Professor of the Department of Information Systems, said the meetings enabled participants to contribute their ideas for the future development of CityU. “As front-line staff interacting with students, we took this opportunity to express our feelings. The meeting also provided a valuable opportunity for me to make friends with colleagues from other departments,” said Dr Tan.

Tang Man-ho, a Year 3 student of the BBA (Hons) Accountancy and Law programme, represented his discussion group and presented their opinions. He said it was a valuable chance to exchange ideas with teachers and gain a better understanding of the University’s development plans. “I shared students’ campus experiences in the meeting so that participants in the group could understand the needs and thoughts of students,” said Tang Man-ho.

The opinions collected from the meetings will be channelled back to the six working sub-groups for consideration and incorporation into a comprehensive strategic plan for the University. For details of progress on the strategic plan, please visit


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