Established in 1984 as City Polytechnic of Hong Kong, City University of Hong Kong achieved full university status in 1994.
When it first opened its doors, about 1,100 students were registered. Today, more than 10,000 students attend the university. Also known as CityU, the institution’s main 15.6 hectare campus – housing its eight colleges and schools – is located in the Kowloon area.
The university’s motto, which is carved in stone in the university garden, is Officium et Civitas. This translates literally as “office and state”. This, the university says, reflects the sense of duty and encourages student and staff to combine “academic professionalism and career ethics”.
Past students include the Bona Mugabe, daughter of Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe, and pop musicians Chet Lam and Fiona Sit.
The university has a strong reputation for sports, claiming a double victory (winning both the women’s and men’s overall championships) in the University Sports Federation of Hong Kong tournament on eight occasions – more than any other institution.
Under the motto “Be the Best that You Can”, CityU’s sports teams train at the five-story Hu Fa Kuang Sports Centre, which has – among many other facilities – six squash courts, a table tennis room, a climbing wall and two golf driving practice rooms.
Sport at the university made headlines for the wrong reasons in 2016, however, when the roof of its Chan Tai Ho multi-purpose sports hall collapsed, injuring three people.
On a more academic note, CityU’s Run Run Shaw library, named after the entertainment mogul and philanthropist, holds more than a million books.
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