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A hearty welcome to everyone!
On behalf of the University, I would like to welcome you back and offer a warm welcome if you have joined us recently.?
When entering campus from Festival Walk, colleagues (old and new) may have heard our CityU Anthem, a piece of choral music that embodies our institutional identity. Part 1, themed ‘Beyond Boundaries’, signifies our desire to reach out to the world, while the newly released Part 2, themed ‘Knowledge and Wisdom’, encapsulates our aspirations to integrate teaching and research and our determination to stay focused on education.
If you attended our University Welcoming Ceremony on 23 August, you would have met our University Mascot live for the first time. Our Mascot, in the form of a tiger, reflects the University's wise, vital, vigorous and proactive character, a set of traits that CityU shares with this dynamic big cat.?
Other long-awaited items will materialise soon, all of which represent key landmarks for CityU. Firstly, the University Farm will become fully operational as soon as our cattle arrive from Australia! You will be able to buy fresh milk and ice cream from the HK Tech Milk corner in Lau Ming Wai Academic Building from next January.?
Secondly, sections of campus may look like a construction site at present, and we highly appreciate your understanding. However, your patience will be rewarded: the Jockey Club One Health Tower will be completed next year. This HK$2.35 billion state-of-the-art Tower will significantly enhance our campus. The 1,600-seat auditorium, probably the largest among local universities, will house international conferences and cultural performances, and the well-equipped sports complex will house a 1.5km running track that extends outdoors. All these provisions will boost campus life for students and colleagues.
Next, you might have spotted another building site in front of the student hostels on Cornwall Street. The HK Tech International Centre under construction there will open in two years’ time. This six-floor building will bridge the main campus and the Student Residence and offer opportunities for outreach programmes. It will house the Global Engagement Office, Alumni Relations Office, Development Office, and Student Development Services. The meeting/function rooms will be fitted out with excellent facilities for students, alumni and supporters.
Additionally, the new student hostel at Whitehead, Ma On Shan will be completed in a few more years. It will have 2,186 beds, extensive sports facilities, and other high-class entertainment and conference facilities, all situated next to the waterfront with a beautiful ocean view.?
As a caring employer, CityU provides first-rate dining facilities for our hard-working colleagues. Lodge Bistro, City Chinese Restaurant and the Faculty Lounge are operated under a pioneering management contract model under which quality and service take priority because the University is committed to bridging any financial gaps during tough times. The use of this model may explain the appreciation expressed by colleagues who regularly use these facilities. We have heard the same from colleagues in sister institutions and received enquiries about this operating model. If you have not yet dined in these eateries, make your reservations in advance: they pack out fast!
One more detail to mention: the freshly renovated clinic will open soon, with first-rate new facilities and an improved overall ambience. Though I hope you don’t have to visit the clinic too often, if you do, the experience will be enhanced!?
Best wishes to you all, and good health!?
President and University Distinguished Professor