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Reaching Higher

CityU continuously strives to excel in research and professional education, and to promote innovation, with the University’s efforts receiving international recognition in a host of prestigious global rankings over the year.


According to metrics compiled by Stanford University, over 140 CityU faculty members are listed among the top 2% of the world's most highly cited scientists, reflecting the high academic standard of faculty and excellent research performance of CityU.
#4

[QS] Top 50 under 50 in 2021

#48

[QS] World University Rankings 2021

#1
in HK

Citations per Faculty in QS World University Ranking averaged over a 5-year period from 2017 to 2021

United for CityU fundraising campaign

The public phase of CityU’s 10-year “United, We Soar” fundraising campaign was launched in December 2020. The comprehensive drive seeks to boost the University’s fundraising capabilities and provide sustained support for four key areas: strategic development, academic and research excellence, student development, and capital projects. Its multiple objectives allow supporters to help the University achieve its goals, and to contribute to the pursuit of excellence in higher education, as well as to showcase CityU’s achievements over the years to the community.

(From left): Dr Daniel Yip, Chairman of the Federation of Hong Kong Industries; Dr Sunny Chai, Chairman of Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation; Council Chairman Mr Lester Huang; Mr Alfred Sit, Secretary for Innovation and Technology; President Professor Way Kuo; Dr George Lam, Chairman of Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited; and Dr Allen Shi, President of the Chinese Manufacturers' Association of Hong Kong, officiated at the launch ceremony for HK Tech 300.

CityU launched HK Tech 300, a flagship innovation and entrepreneurship programme, in March 2021. With a theme of “Venture Beyond Boundaries”, the enterprising HK$500 million programme is seeking to support the establishment of 300 start-ups by CityU students, alumni, research staff, and people using CityU technology or intellectual property in the next three years and build the largest university-based entrepreneurship programme in Asia.

The officiating guests at the ceremony were (from left) Mr Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, Chief Executive Officer, The Hong Kong Jockey Club; Mr Philip Chen, Chairman, The Hong Kong Jockey Club; Council Chairman Mr Lester Huang and President Professor Way Kuo.

A ceremony to mark the start of work on the superstructure of the Jockey Club One Health Tower took place at CityU in March 2021. Equipped with first-class facilities, the Tower signifies a new milestone in CityU’s mission to promote multidisciplinary collaboration that can enhance the health of humans, animals, and the environment under the One Health paradigm.

Construction of veterinary teaching farm underway

A groundbreaking ceremony for the University’s veterinary teaching farm, located in Lam Tsuen, Tai Po, took place in November 2020. The farm will be equipped with international standard facilities for teaching, learning, and research activities.

President Professor Way Kuo (fifth left), together with senior management and staff from the Jockey Club College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences, at the groundbreaking ceremony.

Embracing online teaching

When Covid-19 led to the suspension of face-to-face classes last year, CityU immediately responded by launching CityU-Learning, a campus-wide, real-time, online platform. The creative platform has now evolved into CityU-Learning 2.0, incorporating ideas such as virtual reality technology for conducting virtual experiments.

Faculty accomplishments

Professor Raymond Chan, Vice-President (Student Affairs) and Chair Professor, Department of Mathematics, has been elected Fellow of the American Mathematical Society, for his contributions to computational mathematics.

Professor Yang Tong, also Chair Professor in the Department of Mathematics, received the same recognition, for his contributions to hyperbolic conservation laws and kinetic equations.

Professor Ron Chen, Chair Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, has been ranked No.1 in Hong Kong and Asia, No.4 among Chinese scholars, and No.16 on the World’s Top 1000 Scientist List, according to Guide2Research’s 2020 (6th edition) Top Scientists Ranking for Computer Science and Electronics.

Professor Li Qiusheng, Chair Professor, Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, has been awarded the 2020 Robert H. Scanlan Medal by the American Society of Civil Engineering for his outstanding contributions to wind engineering and structural mechanics.

Professor Liew Kim-meow, Dean of Graduate Studies and Chair Professor, Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, has been elected Foreign Member of the Academia Europaea for his significant contributions in engineering science.

Dr Can Liu, Assistant Professor, School of Creative Media, has received the Google Faculty Research Award for 2019/20 in recognition of her promising work on the development of voice interaction for text composition.

Professor Joe Qin, Chair Professor and Dean of the School of Data Science, and Director of the Hong Kong Institute for Data Science, has been elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. The honour is the highest professional distinction accorded to academic inventors who achieve a tangible impact on the quality of life, economic development, and welfare of society.

Professor Jeffrey Shaw, Yeung Kin Man Chair Professor of Media Art, School of Creative Media, has been honoured with the 2020 ACM SIGGRAPH Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement in Digital Art. He was recognised as a “singular visionary and pioneer in the creation of interactive and immersive media art”.

Professor Richard M. Walker, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, has been elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, UK. He also received the 2020 Louis Brownlow Award from the American Society for Public Administration.

Professor Wang Zuankai, Associate Dean (Internationalisation and Industry Engagement), College of Engineering, won the 2020 Xplorer Prize, organised by the Tencent Foundation for his fundamental research that will help address the global energy shortage problem.

PProfessor Zhang Hua, Herman Hu Chair Professor of Nanomaterials, Department of Chemistry, has been elected a Foreign Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences, in recognition of his highly interdisciplinary research that has many promising applications in catalysis, clean energy, (opto-) electronic devices, etc.

Highlights

(From left) Professor Michael Kotlikoff, Mr Wong Chun-hong, Dr Edward Leong, Mr Harry Banga, and Mr Norman Chan.

CityU conferred 2019 Honorary Doctorates on Professor Michael I. Kotlikoff and Dr the Honourable Edward Leong, GBM, GBS, JP, and 2020 Honorary Doctorates on Mr Harry Banga, Mr Norman Chan, GBS, and Mr Wong Chun-hong, BBS, in October 2020, in recognition of their contributions to education and society.

CityU conferred Honorary Fellowships on Ms Jenny Chan, Mr Lau Tat-chuen, and Dr Jennifer Ng, JP, in September 2020, in recognition of their distinctive contributions to the development of and service to the University and the community.

(From left) Professor Michael Kotlikoff, Mr Wong Chun-hong, Dr Edward Leong, Mr Harry Banga, and Mr Norman Chan.

CityU conferred Honorary Fellowships on Ms Jenny Chan, Mr Lau Tat-chuen, and Dr Jennifer Ng, JP, in September 2020, in recognition of their distinctive contributions to the development of and service to the University and the community.

President Professor Way Kuo and representatives from four major businesses in expansion solutions, telecommunications, and technology sign the MOU, witnessed by guests of honour (back row, from left) Dr David Chung, Under Secretary for Innovation and Technology, HKSAR Government, and Council Chairman Mr Lester Huang.

A Memorandum of Understanding, signed between CityU and Tricor Hong Kong, 3 Hong Kong, Microsoft Hong Kong, and TFI Digital Media Limited in July 2020, formalised a strategic partnership to promote the development of Hong Kong as a smart city through digital solutions in the financial industry.

A HK$2 million donation from the Ng Teng Fong Charitable Foundation will fund the establishment of the Kiki Hung Scholarship in memory of the late alumna from the Department of Linguistics and Translation and in appreciation of her exemplary personal qualities, including a positive mind and great perseverance in the face of difficulties.

President Professor Way Kuo and Ms Yang Tao-zhi, mother of Kiki Hung (centre) present a painting with the quote, “Life may not be perfect, but the will is infinite”, from the President’s blog to Ms Nikki Ng, Director of the Ng Teng Fong Charitable Foundation.

The College of Science announced three new undergraduate degree programmes to meet society’s evolving demand for professional skills. The programmes comprise a Bachelor of Science with an option in Global Research Enrichment and Technopreneurship, a law–mathematics double degree, and joint degree programmes in partnership with the University of Edinburgh and University of Manchester in the UK. The double degree is the first of its kind offered by a university in Hong Kong.

Dr Daniel Yip (left), Chairman of the Federation of Hong Kong Industries, and Professor Raymond Chan, Vice-President (Student Affairs) and former Dean of the College of Science, introduce the Bachelor of Science with Global Research Enrichment and Technopreneurship.

The College of Science announced three new undergraduate degree programmes to meet society’s evolving demand for professional skills. The programmes comprise a Bachelor of Science with an option in Global Research Enrichment and Technopreneurship, a law–mathematics double degree, and joint degree programmes in partnership with the University of Edinburgh and University of Manchester in the UK. The double degree is the first of its kind offered by a university in Hong Kong.

The Greater Bay Area Joint Laboratory of Big Data Imaging and Communications has been established by the Department of Electrical Engineering and the State Key Laboratory of Terahertz and Millimeter Waves at CityU. With a research focus on big data imaging and wireless communications applications, the Joint Lab aims to promote a new generation of information technology and contribute to the advancement of Guangdong and Hong Kong as an international innovation and technology hub.

(From left) Professor Chan Chi-hou, Chair Professor of Electrical Engineering and Director of the State Key Laboratory of Terahertz and Millimeter Waves, Dr Wong Hang, Associate Professor and Member of the State Key Lab, and Professor Luk Kwai-man, Chair Professor of Electrical Engineering, will collaborate with the academic sector and industry in the mainland to develop technologies for big data communications.

Twelve faculty members were recognised by the Research Grants Council (RGC) for their distinguished research achievements and significant contributions to higher education at an awards ceremony in November 2020. Accolades were presented under five RGC schemes, while Professor Yang Tong, Chair Professor of Mathematics, was named a member of the first cohort of RGC Senior Research Fellows.

Outstanding CityU faculty members receive recognition from the Research Grants Council.

Alumni and student achievements

The following CityU alumni were recognised in the HKSAR Government’s Honours and Justices of the Peace List 2020 for their contributions to society:

(in alphabetical order of surnames)

Ms Kelly Chan
BA Accountancy – Justice of the Peace

Mr Hui Tak-leung
Diploma in Social Work – Justice of the Peace

Mr Anthony Lam
EMBA – Chief Executive’s Commendation for Community Service

Mr Chaucer Leung
MSc & PGD Engineering Management – Justice of the Peace

Mr Dennis Leung
MSc Mathematics for Finance and Actuarial Science – Medal of Honour

Mr Kacee Ting
LLM & PCLL – Chief Executive’s Commendation for Community Service

Ir Professor Yuen Pak-leung
Engineering Doctorate (Engineering Management) – Chief Executive’s Commendation for Community Service

College of Business alumna Ms Kelly Chan was elected President of the Association of Women Accountants Hong Kong in September 2020.

Mr Cheung Siu-hong, graduate of the School of Creative Media, won the Best Art Direction Award at the 39th Hong Kong Film Awards. He was the production and costume designer on Fagara 《花椒之味》.

EMBA alumnus Mr Anthony Lam was elected Deputy Chairman of the Federation of Hong Kong Industries in July 2020.

Dr Raymond Leung, Engineering Doctorate (Engineering Management) graduate, was appointed an Industrial Fellow at Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), University of Warwick, UK, in November 2020.

School of Creative Media graduate Mr Tommy Ng won the Gold Award (Animation Category) in the 25th ifva Awards for his work, Another World《世外》.

Dr Hector Rodriguez, Associate Professor, and alumna Ms Vvzela Kook, School of Creative Media were named Artist of the Year (Media Arts) and Young Artist (Media Arts), respectively, at the 14th Hong Kong Arts Development Awards, organised by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council.

EMBA alumna Ir Susanna Shen was named among IBM’s Women Leaders in AI for 2020.

EMBA graduate Dr Allen Shi, was elected the 42nd President of The Chinese Manufacturers’ Association of Hong Kong in December 2020.

Cheryl To, Year 2 student, Department of Computer Science, received the Outstanding ICT Rising Star Award from the Hong Kong Computer Society for utilising her information and communication technology skills for the benefit of community.

Engineering Doctorate (Engineering Management) graduate Ir Professor Yuen Pak-leung, was installed as President of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers for Session 2020-2021 in June 2020.


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