Cross-strait exchange of minds
I delivered the following speech at a cross-strait conference on public administration hosted by CityU and would love to share it with my blog and Facebook friends.
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Good morning everyone. As President of the City University of Hong Kong, it gives me great pleasure to open the Fifth Annual Cross-Strait Conference, and to extend to each of you a very warm welcome. Some of you are based here in Hong Kong, while many of you have travelled from Macau, mainland China, and Taiwan. Still others have come from even further afield, including South Korea and Singapore. I trust that you will all be well looked after by CityU during your stay in Hong Kong.
This is a very special year for the university. CityU is celebrating its 25th anniversary. In commemorating this important milestone, we have organised a number of events. It is with great pride that I include this important international conference as part of our silver anniversary celebrations. As the president of the University, I am very heartened by the progress that we have made in our 25 years. CityU has achieved a great deal since being founded in 1984. Originally established as Hong Kong's second polytechnic, City U secured, in 1995, full university status. During that time we moved from our original campus in Mongkok to our present location in Kowloon Tong, which is the geographical center of Hong Kong. Since 1984, our student numbers have swelled to almost 26,000. In our first 25 years, we have steadily developed and improved our teaching and research. According to the Times Higher Education Supplement, CityU now ranks amongst the world's top 150 universities.
However, we do not plan to rest on our laurels. I often like to compare CityU to a 25-year-old person, one that is full of zeal and vigour. We are still a young institution, and we are very ambitious. And, like a 25-year-old, I believe our best years are still ahead of us. In our 25 years we have come a long way, but we see this more as a platform from which to rise to greater heights than as an end in itself. I am confident that during the next 25 years CityU will continue to mature and to achieve its potential.
CityU takes academic conferences such as this one very seriously. The debate and discussion of new ideas is a major part of academia and also helps demonstrate and enhance the research excellence of CityU. I trust that this conference will provide an excellent platform for scholars from different parts of the region and beyond to engage in constructive conversations with each other.
So, it is with a great deal of pride that I welcome all of you to CityU during our silver anniversary year. I wish the conference every success. Thank you.
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August 21, 2009