From the President's Desk

From the President's Desk

No. 84

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Dear Colleagues,

September is a beautiful month like no other and earth has not anything to show more fair. It is when the summer ends and the autumn begins. Change is all around.  

There is no doubt that this era in Hong Kong’s history has been enormously challenging. The social unrest and Covid-19 have created unprecedented difficulties. As I extend a warm welcome to you all at the start of the 2020/21 academic year, it will be more in a figurative sense. Regrettably, we won’t see too many faces on campus since we are still conforming strictly to public health measures concerning the virus. While most classes in Semester A will be delivered online through our real-time, interactive CityU-Learning platform, we will pay close attention to the pandemic and may further adjust teaching and learning arrangements if required.   

However, I am sure I can still count on you to guarantee the high quality of education that is becoming the signature of the CityU brand and that recently saw us break into the top 50 universities worldwide and several of our departments, professors and programmes being rated among the most elite. We have also established exciting new colleges and schools, revamped our departments to reflect advances in education, and founded a special institute for advanced study. Not only that, we are the most international university in the world, according to data from Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020, reflecting rapid advancement of CityU. 

Our focus on the integration of teaching and research allows us to nurture a new generation of young independent thinkers who are ready to undertake their own research and create new knowledge for the benefit of society.

Some of our best professors are working from a multiplicity of interdisciplinary backgrounds on how to combat the virus. Once the pandemic has abated, life will return to normal. 

Also important at CityU is tolerance, particularly at this difficult juncture. We welcome variety and breadth, regular exchange, and encourage the sharing of ideas. Let us respect at all times different viewpoints and appreciate that diversity is strength!

In the meantime, stay safe and wear a mask to prevent the transmission of the virus.


Way Kuo
President and University Distinguished Professor

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