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2020–2025 Strategic Plan 

Dear Colleagues,

I am proud to share with you that our Strategic Plan for 2020–2025, World-class Research and Education, was approved by Council in late March and will be published in May. The title of the document indicates our target for CityU’s future while the Plan itself will enable us to navigate today’s challenges and enhance our identity as a world-class university. 

The difficult task of designing the Strategic Plan started in May 2019. The team responsible for the task adopted a bottom-up approach, collecting input from 144 participants at 29 focus group interviews/meetings with members of the Council and University administration as well as senior officers, faculty, students, alumni, employers and supporters/donors. 

To ensure your views and those of students and alumni were collected, the team ran an online consultation site in October 2019. Information and input were also gathered from different offices when necessary throughout the process. Therefore, the Strategic Plan 2020–2025 is our collective product. Thanks to all of you for your support and your contributions.

Over the next five years, we will offer an integrated, interdisciplinary, cutting-edge curriculum designed to nurture the next generation of professionals and transform students into creative problem-solvers, effective communicators and future leaders. We will focus on five key areas (One Health, Digital Society, Smart City, Matter and Brain) and pursue academic excellence and address global problems through applicable interdisciplinary research. The Plan will empower CityU and strengthen its reputation as a world-leading university that is home to international talent characterised by global citizenship.

As I shared with you in my recent letter on 17 April, the environment has been unfavourable since June last year. We have been adjusting our operations according to the situation. Under such circumstances, the Strategic Plan reminds us of our vision and mission and will guide us to allocate resources according to set priorities. It will help us to establish our initiatives and maintain stability in crises.

Our overall goal for 2020–2025 is to further elevate CityU’s academic excellence, international and local standing, and societal importance. When the Strategic Plan is published, please read through the compiled wisdom. All our action plans are listed in a booklet for internal reference and all units should set their specific action plans accordingly. Our purpose is to integrate the implementation of these plans into our daily operations, with all units working together to meet their targets, while the annual planning and budgeting process will provide the framework for making the Strategic Plan operational at unit levels. 

Again, I hope you and your family stay safe and healthy.
Way Kuo
President and University Distinguished Professor

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