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Founded in 1984, CityU turns 20 this year. "If a centenary marks the first cycle of a university's development, CityU is still on its way. We have fared well thus far, with tremendous achievements in our first 20 years," said Professor H K Chang, President, at the Staff New Year Party on 28 January, kicking off the 20th anniversary year. 2004 is a time to look back and rejoice in our achievements, and to look forward to the future with a new role statement.
The School of Continuing and Professional Education (SCOPE) and the Faculty of Business participated in the Education and Careers Expo, held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from 19 to 22 February. The Expo showcased a wide range of CityU's continuing education and business Master's degree programmes to meet the market's growing demands.
Dear Colleagues, Our new role statement, given to us by the University Grants Committee (UGC) in early January, states unequivocally that CityU "actively pursues deep collaboration in its areas of strength with other higher education institutions in Hong Kong, or the region, or more widely."
Thirty-seven of the 39 students in the first intake for the Master of Arts in International Accounting programme (MAIA—HIT) in Shenzhen came to campus for their day-long orientation, 14 February. All were impressed with the academic content and structure of the programme, not to mention the sophisticated learning facilities on campus.
The French Section, Division of Language Studies received more than 120 books—easy-readings, comics, French classical and modern literature—from the Association pour la Diffusion Internationale Francophone de Livres, Ouvrages et Revues (ADIFLOR) http://www.adiflor.org
In an effort to expand CityU's academic exchanges and cooperation with institutions in Europe, President H K Chang and Dr Zhu Guobin, newly appointed Director of the External Liaison and Cooperation Office (ELCO), paid a visit to three prestigious universities in France, Belgium and the UK respectively, from 14-20 January. The trip successfully created a framework upon which to explore opportunities for collaboration between these European universities and CityU.