City University of Hong Kong

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City University of Hong Kong
CityU logo 2015.svg
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 CY Leung
President Way Kuo
Academic staff
Students Associate Degree: 903[2]
Undergraduate: 12,878[2]
Taught Postgraduate: 5,082[2]
Research Postgraduate: 1,278[2]
Professional Doctorate: 142[2]
Location Kowloon Tong, Kowloon
Campus Urban, 15.6 hectares (0.156 km2)
Colours Bold burgundy[3]
Affiliations ASAIHL, International Association of Universities, JUPAS, UGC
CityU full logo 2015.svg

CityU Full Logo.svg
City University of Hong Kong
Traditional Chinese 香港城市大學
Simplified Chinese 香港城市大学
Academic 1
Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre
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 Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong. It was founded in 1984 as City Polytechnic of Hong Kong and became a fully accredited university in 1994. CityU offers over 50 bachelor's degree programmes through its constituent colleges and schools. Postgraduate degree programmes are offered by the Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies.


City University's origins lie in the calls for a "second polytechnic" in the years following the 1972 establishment of the Hong Kong Polytechnic. In 1982, Executive Council member Chung Sze-yuen spoke of a general consensus that "a second polytechnic of similar size to the first should be built as soon as possible."[4] District administrators from Tuen Mun and Tsuen Wan lobbied the government to build the new institution in their respective new towns.[4] The government instead purchased temporary premises at the new Argyle Centre Tower II in Mong Kok, a property developed by the Mass Transit Railway Corporation in concert with the then-Argyle Station. The new school was called City Polytechnic of Hong Kong, a name chosen among nearly 300 suggestions made by members of the public.[5]

The new polytechnic opened on 8 October 1984, welcoming 480 full-time and 680 part-time students.[6] Founding director Dr. David Johns stated that the unique modular structure of the coursework offered "absolute parity of academic standards between full-time and part time students" and that provision for part-time students contributed to a huge demand for student places, with the quota being filled almost immediately.[6] The polytechnic's planning committee sought to accommodate a student population of 8,000 by the end of the 1980s, and construction of the permanent campus in nearby Kowloon Tong began shortly thereafter.[7]

The architectural contract to design the new campus was won by Percy Thomas Partnership in association with Alan Fitch and W.N. Chung.[8] It was originally slated to open by October 1988.[9] The first phase was officially opened by Governor Wilson on 15 January 1990, and boasted 14 lecture theatres and 1,500 computers.[10] By 1991, the school had over 8,000 full-time students and approximately 3,000 part-time students.[11] The second phase of the permanent campus opened 1993.[8] The school achieved university status in 1994 and the name was changed accordingly.[12]


City University of Hong Kong is located on Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong, Kowloon. It is near the MTR Kowloon Tong Station of the East Rail Line and Kwun Tong Line, Shek Kip Mei Park, Nam Shan Estate and the Festival Walk shopping centre. The main campus covers around 15.6 hectares. Principal buildings include Academic 1, Academic 2, Academic 3, Amenities Building, Mong Man-wai Building, Fong Yun-wah Building, Cheng Yick-chi Building, 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 original buildings for CityU comprising Academic 1 were designed by Percy Thomas Partnership with Fitch and Chung, who won 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 total floor area is about 63,000 m², including 116 laboratories, 18 lecture halls, classrooms, as well as school canteens. The buildings had to be low-rise because of airport height restrictions.[13] 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 covering 20,900m2, located near the Amenities Building and Hu Fa Kuang Sports Centre. It is a 9-storey building comprising 12 lecture theatres, 45 classrooms, 11 computer rooms, a canteen with a capacity of 800, staff offices, a number of multi-function rooms, and plenty of learning resources and common areas.

Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre (CMC)[edit]

In November 2010 the new Creative Media Centre was completed, designed by Studio Daniel Libeskind with Leigh & Orange Architects. The distinctive design includes a range of spaces, lighting and materials to inspire students, faculty, and staff. 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.[14] The building was also selected by CNN as one of the world's 10 most spectacular university buildings.[15]

Academic 3[edit]

Academic 3 is a new combined academic, amenities, and administrative building with 20,500m2 of net operational area which consists of facilities such as classrooms, lecture theatres (including one holding up to 600 people), teaching and research laboratories, multi-function rooms, a canteen, common areas, administrative offices and a roof garden. The 12-storey building was built in light of the student influx anticipated to result from the 334 Scheme. The designer and architect for Academic 3 was Ronald Lu & Partners.[16][17]


The Council comprises 23 university members. The chief executive of Hong Kong has the power to appoint 15 of the 23 council members, seven of which are named directly and eight appointed upon recommendation of the council. The chief executive can also appoint the chairman, deputy and treasurer.; the vice-chancellor is in turn appointed by the council.[18]

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 bachelor's degrees 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) runs 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 Applied Science and Technology
  • Division of Business
  • Division of Languages and Communication
  • Division of Social Sciences
  • Centre for International Language Proficiency Tests
School of Creative Media School of Energy and Environment School of Law School of Veterinary Medicine
Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies School of Continuing and Professional Education (SCOPE)

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

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 computing and networking within the University. Andy Chun, the chief information officer, is currently the line manager of CSC.


Run Run Shaw Library

The Run Run Shaw Library was established in 1984. In 1989, the Library moved to its current location in Academic 1 on the university campus in Kowloon Tong and the following year it was renamed 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 11,550m2. The library has around 2,200 seats available during term time and 2,700 during the Revision and Examination Periods.

The library's collection includes more than 955,500 print books and over 2 million electronic books. The collection also comprises around 202,900 volumes of bound periodicals and around 2,690 print serial 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.

Sports facilities[edit]

Amenities Building and swimming pool

Hu Fa Kuang Sports Centre is a five-storey sports centre which houses a multi-purpose hall and four practice gymnasiums for badminton, basketball, volleyball, martial arts and dance, and other activities. 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. CityU also 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 and shared by City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Baptist University and The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.[19]

Canteen and food services[edit]

City Express: Amenities building, 5F
City Chinese Restaurant: Amenities building, 8F
City Top: Amenities building, 9F
Maxim’s: Academic 2, 3F
Delifrance: Academic 3, 3F
Bistro: Academic3, 7F
Garden Café: Academic Exchange building, GF
Homey Kitchen: Multi-purpose hall B of Student Residence
Pacific Coffee Company: Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, 3F

Student life[edit]

Students' Union[edit]

Front entrance

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. The Students' Union is a constituent member of the Hong Kong Federation of Students.[20]

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 8 times in both Men’s and Women’s Overall Championship in the USFHK Sports Competition in the years 1996–97, 2000–01, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2012–2013 and 2013-2014. CityU now has over 400 athletes in 16 sports events. The slogan of the sports team is "Be the best that we can be".[21]

Proposed off-campus student hostel[edit]

There is a proposed student hostel to be built at Whitehead in Ma On Shan. It has a target of providing 2,168 bed places. The construction is expected to be commenced in late 2014 and completed in mid 2017.[22]

Reputation and rankings[edit]

CityU is No. 57 in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings (2015) and No. 9 among the top universities in Asia in the QS Asian University Rankings (2015). In addition, it was ranked No. 5 in the QS world’s under 50 years old universities (2014).

In the Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University (2015), CityU is No. 27 in the field of Engineering/ Technology and Computer Sciences; and No. 45 in the subject of Computer Science and No. 22 in the subject of Mathematics.

According to the QS World University Rankings by Subject, Linguistics has been ranked among the top 50 universities worldwide for 5 consecutive years (from 2011 to 2015), and has risen to No. 18 in 2015.

The CityU College of Business is highly regarded in Hong Kong and Internationally, and is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS).

Additionally, the Times Higher Education World University Rankings (2015) put CityU among the Top 200 universities globally, No. 23 in Asia and No. 4 in Hong Kong.

It is ranked No. 201-300 worldwide on the 2015 table of ARWU.[23] According to the Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University (2015), CityU is No. 27 in the field of Engineering/ Technology and Computer Sciences; and No. 45 in the subject of Computer Science and No. 22 in the subject of Mathematics.


See also[edit]


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  30. ^ "A new-rising generation director and film maker in Hong Kong.". School of Creative Media. City University of Hong Kong. Retrieved 6 October 2014. Heiward Mak, a new-rising generation director and film maker in Hong Kong, is proudly a graduate of SCM. 
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