Chapter One

Vision, Mission and Core Values

1. Excellence

City University of Hong Kong is committed to building excellence throughout its educational, research and outreach programmes, involving every unit of the institution and every member of the CityU community. This pursuit of excellence is driven by our respect for knowledge, our passion for learning, and our concern for human well-being.

2. Honesty

Honesty and high ethical standards will inform all actions of CityU as an academic enterprise dedicated to scholarship, discovery and creativity. These standards are the hallmark of our success as a leading university and support our commitment to excellence.

3. Freedom of Enquiry

The freedom and responsibility of all faculty and students to engage in critical enquiry, intellectual discourse and academic debate is vital to the advancement of the frontiers of knowledge and the pursuit of higher truths. Within the CityU community, academic faculty are expected to take the lead in promoting the rational debate of ideas and constructive problem-solving based on academic values and priorities.

4. Accountability

A sustained commitment to openness and accountability is critical to CityU’s success as a public institution of international standing. The best interests of CityU are served by creating and maintaining structures that ensure accountability at all levels and by raising quality through continuous improvement.

5. Civility and Collegiality

Fostering civil dialogue, promoting collegial exchanges and cultivating mutual respect are essential to our healthy development as an increasingly diverse and vigorous community of students, alumni, faculty and staff. These values support a robust academic culture, which nurtures our academic enterprise and intellectual life.