City University of Hong Kong

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City University of Hong Kong
City University of Hong Kong Logo.png
Motto 敬業樂群 (Traditional Chinese)
Officium et Civitas (Latin)[1]
Established 1984 (founded as City Polytechnic of Hong Kong)
1994 (assumed full university status)
Type Public
Chancellor The Hon. CY Leung
President Professor Way Kuo
University Administration
Academic staff 787
Students Undergraduates: 12,689[2]
Taught Postgraduates: 4,904[2]
Research Postgraduates (MPhil and PhD): 1,113[2]
Professional Doctorate: 173[2]
Location Kowloon Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Campus Urban, 15.6 hectares (0.156 km2)
Colours Blue and green[3]
Affiliations ASAIHL, International Association of Universities, JUPAS, UGC
CityU Full Logo.svg
Academic 1
Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre
Amenities Building
University Concourse
University Garden
Front Entrance
Run Run Shaw Library
CityU Circle
Cheng Yick-Chi Building

City University of Hong Kong (Abbreviation: CityU; Chinese: 香港城市大學) is a public research university located in Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong, Kowloon which was originally founded in 1984 as City Polytechnic of Hong Kong and became a fully accredited university later in 1994.

CityU offers over 50 bachelor's degree programmes within three colleges and three schools: Business, Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Science and Engineering, and the School of Creative Media, School of Law and School of Energy and Environment. Postgraduate degree programmes are offered by the Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies.[4]


City University of Hong Kong is located on Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong, Kowloon. It is near the MTR Kowloon Tong Station (East Rail Line / Kwun Tong Line), Shek Kip Mei Park, Nam Shan Estate and Festival Walk. The main campus area comprises around 15.6 hectares, including Academic 1, Academic 2 and Academic 3, Amenities Building, Mong Man-wai Building, Fong Yun-wah Building, Cheng Yick-chi Building, and Academic Exchange Building, To Yuen Building, Hu Fa Kuang Sports Centre, two senior staff quarters (Nam Shan Yuen, Tak Chee Yuen), Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre and the Student Residential Halls.

Academic 1[edit]

The initial buildings for CityU including Academic 1 were designed by Percy Thomas Partnership with Fitch and Chung, after winning an international design competition. The first phase of construction was completed in 1990 and the second phase (increasing capacity to 20,000 students) in 1993. The buildings had to be of low-rise because of airport height restrictions.[5] The school colours are drawn from the interior colours of the first phase of Academic 1.

Academic 2[edit]

Opened in 2011, Academic 2 is a combined academic, administrative and amenities building for programmes of 20,900 sq.m. in net operational area, located near the Amenities Building and Hu Fa Kuang Sports Centre. It is a new 9-storey building with 12 lecture theatres, 45 classrooms, 11 computer rooms, a canteen with a capacity of 800 diners, staff offices, a number of multi-function rooms, and plenty of learning resources and common areas.

Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre[edit]

In November 2010 a new Creative Media Centre was completed. This was created by Studio Daniel Libeskind with Leigh & Orange Architects. The distinctive design includes a range of spaces, lighting and materials to inspire the students. The building was designed to house the School of Creative Media, the Centre for Media Technology and the Department of Computer Engineering and Information Technology.[6]

Academic 3[edit]

Academic 3 is a new combined academic, amenities, and administrative building of 20,500 sq.m. in net operational area which consists of facilities such as classrooms, lecture theatres with one holding up to 600 people, teaching and research laboratories, multi-function rooms, a canteen, common areas, administrative offices and a roof garden. Ronald Lu & Partners is the designer and architect for Academic 3. [7]

Academic organisations[edit]

Colleges and schools[edit]

The three Colleges: Business, Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Science and Engineering, and the School of Law and School of Creative Media offer bachelors degree and postgraduate programmes. The School of Energy and Environment currently offers postgraduate degree programmes and the new School of Veterinary Medicine is now in operation. The Division of Building Science and Technology and the Community College of City University (CCCU) run government-funded and self-funded associate degree programmes respectively.

The School of Continuing and Professional Education (SCOPE) helps fulfil the University's role as a centre for lifelong education by providing continuing educational opportunities for the community through diplomas, certificate and short programmes.

The overall academic organisation structure is set out below:

College of Business College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences College of Science and Engineering Community College of City University (CCCU)
  • Department of Accountancy
  • Department of Economics and Finance
  • Department of Information Systems
  • Department of Management
  • Department of Management Sciences
  • Department of Marketing
  • Department of Applied Social Sciences
  • Department of Asian and International Studies
  • Department of Chinese and History
  • Department of English
  • Department of Linguistics and Translation
  • Department of Media and Communication
  • Department of Public Policy
  • Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering
  • Department of Biology and Chemistry
  • Department of Biomedical Sciences
  • Department of Computer Science
  • Department of Electronic Engineering
  • Department of Mathematics
  • Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering
  • Department of Physics and Materials Science
  • Department of Systems Engineering and Engineering Management
  • Division of Building Science and Technology
  • Division of Commerce
  • Division of Computer Studies
  • Division of Language Studies
  • Division of Social Studies
School of Creative Media School of Energy and Environment School of Law Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies
School of Continuing and Professional Education (SCOPE) School of Veterinary Medicine

Research institute / centres[edit]

  • State Key Laboratories
    • State Key Laboratory of Millimetre Waves
    • State Key Laboratory in Marine Pollution
  • University Research Centres
    • Centre for Prognostics and System Health Management
    • Centre of Super-Diamond and Advanced Films
    • Liu Bie Ju Centre for Mathematical Sciences
  • College/School Research Centres
    • Centre for Applied Computing and Interactive Media
    • Centre for Chaos and Complex Networks
    • Centre for Chinese and Comparative Law
    • Centre for Communication Research
    • Centre for Functional Photonics
    • Governance in Asia Research Centre
    • Guy Carpenter Asia-Pacific Climate Impact Centre
    • The Halliday Centre for Intelligent Applications of Language Studies
    • Southeast Asia Research Centre
  • Applied Strategic Development Centres
    • Centre for Electronic Packaging and Assemblies, Failure Analysis and Reliability Engineering
    • Centre for Innovative Applications of Internet and Multimedia Technologies
    • Centre for Power Electronics
    • Hong Kong Centre for Maritime and Transportation Law
  • Shenzhen Applied R&D Centres
    • Biotechnology and Health Centre
    • Futian-CityU Mangrove R&D Centre
    • Future Networking Centre
    • Information and Communication Technologies Centre


The Run Run Shaw Library was established in 1984. In 1989, the Library moved to its current location in the Academic 1 of the University campus in Kowloon Tong and the following year it was named Run Run Shaw Library in recognition of a generous donation by Sir Run Run Shaw.

Located on Level 3 of Academic 1, the Library occupies a central location which is easily accessible to users. It has a total area of 11,550 square metres. The total number of seats available is around 2,200 during term time and 2,700 during the Revision and Examination Periods.

The Library's collection includes more than 955,500 volumes of print books and over 2 million volumes of electronic books. The collection also comprises around 202,900 volumes of bound periodicals and around 2,690 print serials titles. The Library maintains an expanding number of electronic resources including 365 electronic databases, around 69,500 e-journals, and around 54,400 media resources.

Facilities and services[edit]

Computer Services Centre[edit]

The Computing Services Centre (CSC) is responsible for the provision of central computing facilities and technical services to support various aspects of computer and network within the University. Andy Chun, the chief information officer, is currently the line manager of CSC.

Sports facilities[edit]

Hu Fa Kuang Sports Centre is a five-storey sports center which houses a multi-purpose hall and four practice gymnasiums for badminton, basketball, volleyball, martial arts and dance, etc. There is a table-tennis room, six squash courts, an indoor sport-climbing wall, two physical fitness rooms and two golf driving rooms plus a golf simulation room. Besides, CityU has a 50-metre, Olympic-size swimming pool and a full-size outdoor basketball court. The off-campus Joint Sports Centre provides a variety of outdoor sports facilities, including an international standard 8-lane all-weather running track and field facilities, an 11-a-side natural grass football pitch, four tennis courts with a 200-seat spectator stand, a multi-purpose court and two-bay golf practice area.It is jointly owned by City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Baptist University and The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Student activities[edit]

Students' Union[edit]

The CityU Students' Union, established in 1986, has a high degree of autonomy in running its own affairs. Its 19 societies, approximately 40 affiliated clubs and seven residents' associations organise regular functions throughout the year.

Recruitment Day[edit]

The recruitment day of societies are held by the CityU Students' Union, during the registration period for new students of CityU in mid-August. After obtaining the student identity card, newly registered students would approach to the purple zone of podium, located on fourth floor on Academic 1, to join the recruitment day. Committee of each society would set up a stall and introduce themselves to the new students. Basically, there are three types of societies, including academic societies of colleges and departments, affiliated clubs of different interests and residents' associations of residence halls. New students are free to join any of them, as well as their orientation activities.

The area for holding recruitment day is called "Wooden Men Alley". (Chinese: 木人巷) This term comes from a movie, "Shaolin Wooden Men". In this movie, Shaolin monks have to enter the alley after their training in Shaolin Temple. It is a narrow hallway containing thirty-six Shaolin Wooden Men, which are mechanical wooden dummies that attack anyone who enters the hallway. Similarly, newly registered students who enter the "Wooden Men Alley" in CityU during recruitment period would be invited by committee members from all the societies to join them. The alley is extremely narrow and crowded. It takes at least an hour to deal with numerous invitations and to pass through just a small area. Therefore, it was named "Wooden Men Lane" to indicate the difficulty for new students to leave the area after entering the alley. It has become the highlight of CityU's registration period.

Walking through the “Wooden Men Alley” is just like walking in a crowded street at Mong Kok. Luckily, the names of the societies are large enough to be seen by everyone. New students can either extend their necks in the crowd or walk nearer to the stalls if they want to know more about the societies. At the same time, they can take a look at the stalls, which have been prepared by the societies for two or three months. For example, “Aquatic Club” uses life buoy to decorate its stall. All of the stalls are unique with their own characteristics. The committee or helpers of each society talk to every new student who approach their stalls. They also try to persuade them to join their activities including orientation camps in a period of time as soon as possible. The scale of camps that are held by these societies are ranging from large to small.

The placement of stalls in the alley is according to the scale of the societies or clubs. The first stall always belongs to Students’ Union. The next comes to the stalls of academic societies such as Liberal Arts and Social Sciences College Division Society. They are followed by affiliated clubs such as Astronomy Society and Badminton Society. Last but not least, stalls of eleven residents' associations are presented and their committee members even guide students to have a hall tour if they are interested.

Promotion strategy[edit]

Due to the intense competition in the Wooden Men Alley, the committee members need to use various means to attract more freshmen as their new members and to join their activities. Therefore, promotions in different ways are done to attract attention of students.


The most common way to attract freshmen is giving out souvenirs such as file, pen, calendar card and so on. By giving out souvenirs, committee members can have a larger chance to chat with the freshmen so as to promote their societies and activities as well.

Package offer[edit]

Student union, departments and different societies organise various functions such as orientation camp, orientation day and exchange tour for their members to join. To attract students to join more activities, they release different types of package, which students can participate in several activities at a lower price, as to attract more freshmen to be their members and to ensure the number of participants.

Joint University activities[edit]

Apart from special offer, they organise special activities to raise the attractiveness of their society. Some of the societies such as the Hong Kong Award for Young People have organised joint university orientation camp as on of their gimmicks. Dance club is going to organise a mass dance with other universities also and hold a performance in the coming year. Besides, some societies in CityU even co-operate together to hold activities such as singing contest and concert. These methods attract students better since they can help them to meet more friends from different societies or even universities.

Hall Tour[edit]

To introduce the residence halls and attract new students to register, every residence hall provides tour for new students.

Most of the hall tour guides stand by at the end of the Wooden Men Alley. Some of them may also stand outside the alley so as to reach more students. They usually ask students whether they are interested or not in registering hall. If they are interested, a tour guide would bring a small group of students to his hall, similar to estate agents bringing their potential customers to visit flats. They provide introduction of basic facilities of residence hall, for example the common room, bedrooms and laundry. They also mention about special attractions like piano room, snack shop or billiards room. During the tour, if students want detailed information, they can ask the tour guide for both suggestions and comparison of different residence halls.

There is always a video playing session in the middle of the tour. It is a time for students to understand more about the hall. Therefore, representatives from the residence hall would show the most interesting activities and unforgettable experience in that short video. At the end of the tour, the tour guide usually provides a simple tutorial for new students, teaching them how to add or drop courses for their coming semester. Tips for adding or dropping courses are also one of the important elements of a hall tour. After all, the hall tour guide brings students back to the campus.

The entire tour takes around 20 to 30 minutes.

Sport teams[edit]

CityU is “One of the Best Universities in Sports” among 11 member tertiary institutions in Hong Kong. It is the only University that has captured Double Champions for 7 times in both Men’s and Women’s Overall Championship in the USFHK Sports Competition in the year 1996–97, 2000–01, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11 and 2012–2013. CityU now has over 400 athletes in 16 sports events. [8]

Proposed off-campus student hostel[edit]

There is a proposed student hostel[9] to be built at Whitehead in Ma On Shan. It targets to provide 2,168 bed places. The construction is expected to be commenced in late 2014 and completed in mid 2017.

Proposed net operational area is approximately 24,000 sq. m2. Proposed construction floor area is approximately 44,000 sq. m2.

Reputation and rankings[edit]

University rankings
ARWU[10] 301–400
Times[11] 201–225
QS[12] 104
ARWU[13] 36–61
Times[14] 17
QS (World version)[15]
QS (Asian version)[16]

CityU has been regarded by several major university rankings to be among the top four higher education institutions in Hong Kong.

The university was ranked 104th in the world and 18th in Asia by the QS World University Rankings (2013/14),[17] while the independent regional QS Asian University Rankings (2014) placed it at 11th.[18] It was 4th in Hong Kong in both the rankings. CityU was also 5th in the QS world's under-50 universities in 2013, which is based on positions in the overall world ranking.[19]

Further, the Times Higher Education World University Rankings (2013–14) regarded it among 201st–225th globally and 21st–30th in Asia, being again the fourth in the city.[20] CityU has decided not to submit data to the new rankings in the Times Higher Education at this stage because the new system is only in its first year of operation and is yet untested. Meanwhile, the ARWU (2013) gave it a position among 301st–400th worldwide and 4–5th in Hong Kong;[21]

Moreover, the institutions above have also provided university rankings by disciplines. See list of subject rankings of Hong Kong tertiary institutions for some major subject rankings.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "University Motto". City U. of HK. Retrieved 17 July 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d City University of Hong Kong website CityU Facts & Figures – Student Numbers
  3. ^ "City University of Hong Kong Corporate Identity – Graphic Standards Manual". 
  4. ^ Recent Achievements – City University of Hong Kong
  5. ^ PTP Architects (Hong Kong) website City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong (retrieved 26 October 2011).
  6. ^ Leigh & Orange and Studio Daniel Libeskind complete futuristic new Media Centre in Hong Kong 28 February 2011. Retrieved 26 October 2011.
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  10. ^ "Academic Ranking of World Universities: Global". Institute of Higher Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. 2013. Retrieved October 3, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Top 400 – The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2013–2014". The Times Higher Education. 2013. Retrieved October 2, 2013. 
  12. ^ "QS World University Rankings (2013/14)". QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 2013. Retrieved October 3, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Academic Ranking of World Universities: Global". Institute of Higher Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. 2013. Retrieved July 27, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Asia University Rankings 2014 Top 100". Times Higher Education. 2014. Retrieved July 27, 2014. 
  15. ^ "QS World University Rankings (extracting Asian universities from the list for counting this position)". QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 2013. Retrieved July 7, 2014. 
  16. ^ "QS Asian University Rankings". QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 2014. Retrieved May 19, 2014. 
  17. ^ "QS World University Rankings (2013/14)". 
  18. ^ "QS Asian University Rankings (2012)". 
  19. ^ "QS Top 50 under 50". 
  20. ^ "Times Higher Education University Rankings (2013–14)". 
  21. ^ "ARWU 2013 – Hong Kong". 
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