City University of Hong Kong

City University of Hong Kong

Coordinates: 22°20′11.12″N 114°10′22.76″E / 22.3364222°N 114.1729889°E / 22.3364222; 114.1729889

City University of Hong Kong
CityU Logo.svg
Motto 敬業樂群(Traditional Chinese)
"Officium et Civitas"
Established 1984 (as City Polytechnic of Hong Kong)
1994 (granted full university status)
Type Public
Chancellor The Hon. Donald Tsang
President Prof Way Kuo
Academic staff 923
Students UGC-funded associate degree: 811[1]
Undergraduates: 11,233[1]
Taught postgraduates: 4,891[1]
Research postgraduates: 920[1]
Location Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Campus Urban, 15.6 hectares (0.156 km2)
Affiliations ASAIHL
CityU Logo.gifCity University of Hong Kong Logo horizontal 250.png
Academic 1 of CityU
Creative Media Centre
Amenities Building of CityU
Inside CityU
University Garden
CityU Run Run Shaw Library
CityU Circle
CityU Cheng Yick-Chi Administration Building

City University of Hong Kong (CityU) is a comprehensive research university in Hong Kong. It was founded in 1984 as City Polytechnic of Hong Kong and became a fully accredited university in 1994. It has achieved fast growth in recent years and received international recognition for its academic achievements.[citation needed] It was ranked 110th among the world's top universities, according to The 2011 QS World University Rankings,[2] with subjects such as Linguistics and Statistics ranked top 50 worldwide. The 2011 QS Asian University Rankings [3] rated CityU as 15th among the top Asian universities and the 4th in Hong Kong. The university's campus is located in Kowloon Tong. As of 2011, student enrollment stood at about 18,000, with more than 3,000 staff members employed. More than 130 academic programmes are offered within the following schools and colleges (faculties): Business, Humanities and Social Sciences, Science and Engineering, Creative Media, Energy and Environment, and Law. (Note: Medicine is not offered) Post-graduate studies are offered through the Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies. The School of Continuing and Professional Education (SCOPE), an extension of CityU, provides quality continuing education for professional practice.


University Buildings

The initial buildings for the City University 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 low-rise because of airport height restrictions.[4]

In November 2010 a new Creative Media Centre was completed. This was created by Studio Daniel Libeskind with Leigh & Orange Limited. The distinctive design includes a range of spaces, lighting and materials to inspire the students. The building was designed to house the Centre for Media Technology and the Department of Computer Engineering and Information Technology.[5]

Academic Organisation

Colleges and Schools

The three Colleges—Business, Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Science and Engineering, and the School of Creative Media and School of Law—offer bachelor’s degree, UGC-funded associate degree and postgraduate programmes. The newly established School of Energy and Environment currently offers postgraduate degree programmes.

The Community College of City University offers self-financed associate degree, and other short-term programmes.

The School of Continuing and Professional Education (SCOPE) provides various courses including short term courses, sub-degree programs, top-up degree programs, and external degree programs up to doctorate level.

The Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies strengthens the operation and development of all postgraduate programmes.

The overall academic organisation structure is as follows:

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

Research Centres

  • 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 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

The University’s Run Run Shaw Library has:

  • a total area of 11,550 square metres and a seating capacity of around 2,200 during term time and 2,500 during the Revision and Examination Periods;
  • around 1,139,500 volumes of books and bound serials, and 54,400 media resources;
  • a wide range of electronic resources (69,500 e-journals, 2,298,000 e-books and 365 electronic databases);
  • a bilingual library catalogue
  • installed wireless LAN equipped with numerous networked workstations with internet access
  • daily opening hours from 8:30am to 11:00pm and for 24 hours a day during revision and examination periods for selected areas

Lecture Theatres

There are 19 lecture theatres in Academic 1, each with 120 to 300 seats. All theatres have computer terminals connected to the campus network and the internet. The lecture theatres are equipped with IT equipment and multimedia facilities.


The University has a five-storey sports center that 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. There is 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 track and field facilities, an 11-a-side grass football pitch, four tennis courts, a multi-purpose court and a golf driving area.

Students' Union

The Students’ Union, established in 1986, aims to foster a spirit of unity, independence and democracy among students as well as promote and safeguard the rights and welfare of its members. It 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.


Located in the heart of Kowloon, the University is a few minutes’ walk from the MTR Kowloon Tong Station (exit C) on the East Rail Line/ Kwun Tong Line, via Festival Walk.


The Times Higher Education World University Rankings ranked the City University of Hong Kong as follows:

Year Hong Kong Asia World
2011–2012 4th 20th 193th

The QS World University Rankings ranked the City University of Hong Kong as follows:

Year Hong Kong Asia World
2011 4th 18th 110th
2010 4th 15th 129th
2009 4th - 124th
2008 4th - 147th

The Academic Ranking of World Universities ranked the City University of Hong Kong as follows:

Year Hong Kong Asia World
2011–2012 5th 30-49th 301-400th

Notable Alumni

Bona Mugabe, Robert mugabe's daughter.

See also


  1. ^ a b c d City University of Hong Kong website CityU Facts & Figures - Student Numbers
  2. ^ 2011 QS World University Rankings
  3. ^ 2011 QS Asian University Rankings
  4. ^ PTP Architects (Hong Kong) website City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong (retrieved 2011-10-26).
  5. ^ Leigh & Orange and Studio Daniel Libeskind complete futuristic new Media Centre in Hong Kong 28 February 2011. Retrieved 2011-10-26.

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