festive banquet brought together more than
alumni, students, faculty and staff at City University of Hong
Kong (CityU) to celebrate
the 30th anniversary.
The banquet, which
was held on 1 November at the Hong Kong Convention &
Exhibition Centre, started with an
animation titled “A Creative Journey”, created by a CityU alumnus, which showed
the audience the wonderful campus life at CityU.
The light-up ceremony was officiated by The Hon Leung Chun-ying, Chief
Executive of HKSAR and Chancellor of CityU, Mr Wang
Zhimin, Deputy Director, Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government
in the HKSAR, The Hon Mrs Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, Chief
Secretary for Administration of HKSAR Government, The Hon Jasper Tsang
Yok-sing, President of the
Legislative Council, The
Hon Eddie Ng Hak-kim,
Secretary for Education of HKSAR Government, Dr Norman Leung
Nai-pang, Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of CityU’s 30th Anniversary Organising Committee, Mr Herman Hu Shao-ming, Chairman of the Council, and Professor Way Kuo, CityU President, followed by a toast to all guests.
“We offer world-class professional education for everyone, not
for the rich or the elite, but for the ordinary people of Hong Kong. That, in
my opinion, is our greatest achievement over the past 30 years: helping people
to upgrade their skills and their knowledge, moving up in society and
contributing to the development of Hong Kong and beyond,” said Dr Norman Leung in his welcoming remarks.
Mr Herman Hu
congratulated CityU on its remarkable progress
and development. “CityU is committed to nurturing and developing students’
talent and creating applicable knowledge to support social and economic
advancement,” he said. The vision for CityU is encapsulated by the creation of three major
new schools over the past few years: the School of Creative Media, the School of Energy and
Environment and the School of Veterinary Medicine,
The Hon Leung Chun-ying said, “CityU started as a polytechnic with 1,200
students in October 1984. CityU today has more than 20,000 students, and more
importantly, it has established itself as one of the Asia-Pacific leading
universities. As the chairman of CityU Council from 2008-2012, I am particularly
pleased to know that CityU is ranked 11th in Asia and 5th in the top five
universities under 50 years of age. ”
The Banquet featured a video presentation titled “Our Professional Commitment” showcasing
growth at CityU, and a new media performance named “Anádelta”, a digital installation that consists of a 3-axis
controlling device for playing
music and visual in
performance in an unconventional way.
In his remarks, Professor Kuo thanked all the teachers, students, and staff who had worked
tirelessly on behalf of the University as well as the dedicated Council Chairs and Members, both past
and present, for their valuable leadership and support.
The highlight of the
evening was the launch of the City University of Hong Kong
Foundation, a landmark initiative for strengthening ties with our benefactors,
bolstering the University’s fundraising capabilities, and ensuring financial
sustainability in the pursuit of academic and research excellence.
Donations made to
CityU, whether for the University’s overall development or simply earmarked for
designated projects, will be counted towards CityU Foundation membership.
The finale of the
evening came with a dance performance/animation. A
number of professional dancers and dozens of local and international CityU
students danced in the amazing effects of digital projections and computer
animation. Professor Kuo, staff members and guests danced with the students to
bring a joyous climax to the banquet.
Notes to editors:
Caption: (From left) Mr Herman Hu Shao-ming, The Hon Jasper Tsang Yok-sing, Mr Wang Zhimin, The Hon Leung Chun-ying, Dr Norman Leung Nai-pang, The Hon Mrs Carrie
Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor , The Hon Eddie Ng
Professor Way Kuo officiated at the light-up ceremony of
the 30th Anniversary Banquet.
ceremony of City University of Hong Kong Foundation.
Kuo danced with students and colleagues.
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