One hundred and twenty students, alumni and guests attended an annual dinner hosted by the EMBA Association of City University of Hong Kong (CityU) on 26 April.
At the dinner, Mr Eddie Ng Hak-kim, Secretary for Education, shared the government’s blueprint for education as the guest speaker, while Professor Yan Houmin, Dean of the College of Business (CB), gave an overview of CityU’s development over the last 30 years and a recap of the College’s recent achievements.
CB was now ranked 46th in the world and 2nd in the Asia-Pacific region, according to the University of Texas at Dallas Top 100 Business School Rankings, Professor Yan said.
In addition, both EMBA and MBA programmes at the College have recorded a steady increase in intakes, and teaching facilities for both programmes have been upgraded to further enhance teaching quality.
Speaking at the event, Mr Ng praised CityU for being a visionary university and innovative in its endeavours to recruit overseas students and promote internationalisation on campus.
He also shared the government’s blueprint for education, saying the government sought to offer a variety of means of access to education, and to provide an environment that helped students become life-long learners.
According to Mr Ng, the government remains determined to invest in education. In 2014–15, the recurrent expenditure on education is HK$67.1 billion, accounting for 21.8% of the total government expenditure, higher than that of the other bureaux. He stressed that the government attached great importance to higher education and was committed to providing diversified and quality learning.
In addition, the government was stepping up efforts to boost Hong Kong’s status as a regional education hub by internationalising its education, he said.
“Hong Kong institutions enjoy a good reputation internationally,” he said. “Over the years they have been ranked among the top by international academic institutions. Hong Kong is regarded as an indicator for scholars around the globe. We must strive to keep the edge.”
In the Q&A session, Mr Ng exalted CityU’s campus development and its clever use of space for buildings and facilities, creating a congenial learning environment for its students.
He added that many Hong Kong institutions had left no stone unturned to provide students with the best learning environment, a feat that was highly appreciated by international experts in human resources.
The dinner also featured an awards presentation, performances and lucky draws.