World’s most international university: CityU

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One of the most progressive universities in the world over the past decade, City University of Hong Kong (CityU) has just topped the list of the most international universities in the world, compiled using metrics from the Times Higher Education World (THE) University Rankings 2020.

CityU advocates “the separation of politics and education” and “the integration of teaching and research”, as well as the promotion of a diverse teaching and research environment. Our results demonstrate that CityU is nurturing talent and producing innovative research outcomes that meet global standards.

“In addition to hardware and software, we will continue to generate ‘soulware’ to enhance the University’s contribution to the international community,” said Professor Way Kuo, CityU President. “CityU’s multicultural learning environment greatly broadens the students’ horizons, which will benefit them for life,” he added.

The league table takes into account a number of metrics, including the proportion of international students and staff, international co-authorship and global reputation. With its commitment to excellence in research and professional education, and its success in strengthening internationalisation and global partnerships, CityU scored highly in all these areas.

CityU offers joint degree programmes with prestigious institutions such as the one partnered with Columbia University. More than half of CityU’s faculty members come from overseas, and over 80 nationalities are represented in the student body. The University has more than 400 exchange partners in 44 countries or regions around the world, and aims to have about 65% of its undergraduates go on exchanges.

In addition, faculty at CityU have joined hands with scholars worldwide to pursue cutting-edge research that has won global recognition. The memorandum of understanding that CityU signed with the University of Oxford last year will strengthen collaboration in health engineering. 

Gerry Christopher, majoring in Business Operations Management, is from Indonesia. He joined CityU’s exchange programme at The Australian National University. 

“I got more than expected during my exchange studies,” Gerry said. “I had the chance to meet public figures I admired and befriend some of the brightest minds on Asia-Pacific matters, which was great.”  

Bilonda Lonji, whose major is Materials Engineering, comes from South Africa. She said that CityU’s teaching had prepared her to reach her goals. “The architecture and technology in Hong Kong puts it at the cutting edge of innovation when it comes to high-density living and smart homes,” Bilonda said.  

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Caption: Bilonda Lonji, CityU student

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