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We aspire to becoming a leading global university, excelling in research and professional education. Our mission is to nurture and develop students' talents and to create applicable knowledge to support social and economic advancement.

Guiding Principles

  • Student success in academic achievement and career development
  • Excellence in learning and research, technology innovation and knowledge transfer
  • Benefit the social and economic well-being of Hong Kong
  • Accountability in the use of public resources
  • Global outreach and international competitiveness


  • 49th  QS World University Rankings 2017-18
  • 8th    QS Asian University Rankings 2017-18
  • 4th    QS "Top 50 under 50" in 2017-18

Faculty and Students

The strengths of our 2,000-strong teaching and research staff, drawn from all over the world, lie in business, creative media, energy and the environment, law, the liberal arts and social sciences, science and engineering, and veterinary medicine. Thirteen of our top professors are Academicians or Fellows of renowned international societies.

About 20,000 CityU students study more than 130 academic programmes, from Associate and Bachelor's degrees through to postgraduate level.

Our Discovery-enriched Curriculum

Making an original discovery occupies a central place in our dynamic undergraduate curriculum, called the Discovery-enriched Curriculum (DEC).

Our ground-breaking DEC ensures that all CityU students have the chance to make an original contribution to their field of study through the discovery of new knowledge and the integration of teaching and learning.


  • ignites a passion for knowledge and discovery;
  • prepares student to practise professionally at and beyond the level of international standards; and
  • promotes a culture of knowledge and innovation that spurs local and global advancements in professional practice.

In short, "discovery" is now fully integrated into the DNA of CityU’s curriculum through our dual emphasis on education and research, integrated with our focus on innovation.

New Knowledge

We strongly believe that today’s job market requires our students to understand what it means to create, communicate, curate and cultivate new knowledge for the benefit of society. Our approach introduces students to the world of intellectual property, including patents and copyrights, and encourages them to compete with top students around the world in competitions for awards.

Joint Bachelor's Degree Programmes with Overseas Universities

CityU offers a variety of joint Bachelor's degree programmes in partnership with the following world renowned universities:

  • Columbia University
  • Leuphana University
  • National Taiwan University

The joint degree programmes provide students with an international undergraduate educational experience. Students will spend two years at CityU and two years at the partner university. On completion of the curriculum requirements, students will earn two Bachelor's degrees: one from CityU, and the other from the partner university.

CityU students who wish to be considered for the joint degree programmes must be enrolled in a 4-year degree programme of one of the majors involved. For details, please click here.

Global Outlook

Over 5,000 non-local students are studying in degree or short-term programmes, and over 780 agreements signed with partner institutions from all over the world facilitate student exchanges.

We are further diversifying the student body by increasing the proportion of international students on campus and expanding academic partnerships with premier universities for student and staff exchange, joint research and programme development.

Our aspiration is that at least 65% of our graduating students will spend time overseas during their studies at CityU for internships and cultural immersion.

Helping Society

CityU's research initiatives focus on problem-driven research with direct local and regional relevance. We encourage students to generate novel solutions for real-world problems and create applicable knowledge to support social and economic advancement in and beyond Hong Kong.

Our students also have plenty of opportunities to do voluntary work during their studies. Initiatives such as the City-Youth Empowerment Project promote student engagement with the community, which benefits the personal and academic development of students and also contributes to the community, especially to underprivileged groups.

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