From the President's Desk

From the President's Desk

No. 92

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Nurturing Future Leaders

Dear Colleagues,

Confucius advocated that a teacher should educate students in accordance with their ability. Likewise, our University’s mission statement is to nurture and develop students’ talents and thereby create applicable knowledge for social and economic advancement. To achieve our mission, we need to understand the diversity of our students’ capabilities and thereby significantly increase the talent pool entering those disciplines that support social and economic progress.

With this in mind, CityU’s new initiative, the CityU Talents Programme, will identify students with outstanding academic performance and prepare them to be future leaders. The Programme, to begin in September 2021, will engage advanced learners with more challenging study paths and a wider array of development activities both on- and off-campus. 

Fundamentally, the Programme provides a rare opportunity for the most outstanding students to immerse themselves in specially designed courses and research topics under the expert guidance of our world-class scholars. Through the dual degree programme, students can study two subject areas within five years. In addition, the combined bachelor’s and master’s degree option offers a more comprehensive and in-depth learning experience in which students can choose to study for a master’s degree at CityU or at an overseas university.

The high-quality input from our faculty is a major reason for the success of the Programme. Their research is increasingly recognised on the world stage, and so I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate colleagues and alumni for winning a clutch of awards at the Inventions Geneva Evaluation Days 2021, a virtual edition of the International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva. They took home 12 awards, including a Gold Medal with Congratulations of the Jury, five Gold Medals, three Silver Medals and three Bronze Medals. CityU won the highest number of awards among all universities in Hong Kong.

Innovation is a goal that universities aspire to, but nevertheless it is a most puzzling concept, one that’s difficult to achieve. Yet our award-winning  inventions at the Exhibition truly reflect the innovation and creativity at CityU, as well as highlight our ability to integrate teaching and research, a feature separating CityU from the rest!

Dr Edwin Tso Chi-yan from the School of Energy and Environment received the Gold Medal with Congratulations of the Jury. He was recognised for a passive radiative cooling paint that uses the universe as a cooling source. Our five Gold Medal recipients included Dr Brian Kot Chin-wing from the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences; Dr Lu Yang, Dr Fan Rong, and Ms Pu Yiru from the Department of Mechanical Engineering; Dr Yao Xi from the Department of Biomedical Sciences (BMS); Dr Yue Jianbo, also from BMS; and Dr Wang Yufan, a PhD graduate from the former Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering. Along with our Silver and Bronze Medal recipients, these researchers have fulfilled the high expectations that they have set for themselves and recorded real breakthroughs in their fields.

Lastly, as the Covid-19 situation is still unpredictable, let’s be proactive and get vaccinated to help contain the pandemic.

Way Kuo 
President and University Distinguished Professor

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