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Enhancing the international flavour on campus
We have been maintaining our teaching and research activities in the new normal mode. Despite recent concerns about the omicron variant, along with resuming face-to-face teaching, more of our other academic activities, including those that involve non-local participants, will be held in person. To ensure that we have quality guest rooms and dining facilities on campus to support our academic activities, we commenced our HK Tech Lodge project in September 2019.
Located in the Academic Exchange Building, the HK Tech Lodge will provide quality and convenient accommodation facilities for academic visitors from all over the world, including students on the EMBA and mainland judges programmes. The 80 guestrooms will be open for booking as soon as the public health situation allows.
The “Lodge Bistro”, a vibrant 85-seat Western restaurant located on the ground floor of the Lodge, opened last month. There is a variety of seating areas in the Bistro. Its operator is a renowned hospitality company with extensive experience in hotel and catering services in Hong Kong and overseas, and so I am confident that we are in good hands. Together, HK Tech Lodge and the Bistro add to the international teaching and research atmosphere for an open exchange of knowledge.
World-class universities promote the interaction and professional engagement among academics, scholars and visiting fellows. In addition to the Lodge Bistro, CityU’s Faculty Club on the 9th floor of the Bank of China (Hong Kong) Complex, which has been fully renovated, will soon greet patrons with a fresh look and design. It will provide a relaxed venue that facilitates exchanges and fosters unity in the University community.
To implement our policy for environmental protection more thoroughly, we have to cherish energy, improve efficiency, and reduce document flow. In addition, we should not print unnecessary T-shirts, send out unnecessary gifts, hold redundant meetings, nor use empty/unrealistic slogans. Meetings held over a simple lunch or when out walking or running are common in the US today. I have introduced such practices to CityU over the years. We can all work together to promote better ways of doing our jobs.
Keep a good life balance, making time for work as well as playing and eating!
President and University Distinguished Professor