Farewell to the Deanship of Houmin Yan

Professor Houmin Yan

After completing two whirlwind terms in office, and serving as Acting Dean for a further 18 months, Professor Houmin Yan's Deanship came to a close at the end of June. Driven by a new strategic vision, Professor Yan's long and eventful tenure saw new programmes launched, partnerships forged, research centres established, and ground-breaking interdisciplinary research projects introduced. Altogether, Professor Yan's watch has been an extraordinarily productive and fruitful one for the College of Business.

From the very start it was clear that Professor Yan's vision was for a College rich in collegiate character. The City Seminar series was established to explore the wellsprings of wisdom and discuss diverse fields of knowledge. Some 33 seminars later the series has borne a rich and varied fruit. A multitude of themes have been introduced by lively and informative speakers to appreciative audiences across the spectrum of College stakeholders.

Professor Yan's tenure placed the College at the centre of a veritable ferment of international programme initiatives. CB forged collaborations with leading institutions such as National Taiwan University, Columbia University and Tsinghua University – but curriculum renewal didn't stop there. Professor Yan followed "The road less travelled" in initiating major restructurings of our flagship programmes such as the BBA, as well as introducing the elite BSc Computational Finance and Financial Technology and BBA Global Business programmes, and a revamped MBA, all of which have helped attract more top-class students to CityU.

Over the years, the College has played a full part in international affairs, co-organising along with the University the UNECE International Forum on people-first PPPs for Sustainable Development Goals. Building on the United Nations connection, in June 2017, the College delivered its first PPP training for business executives at the UN Headquarters in Geneva. In 2018, a growing interest in Public-private partnerships along the Belt and Road saw the College join hands with the School of Public Policy and Management of Tsinghua University to launch Asia's first EMBA + MPA programme. And in January 2019, Professor Yan was invited to speak at the Third Belt and Road Forum, as part of the World Economic Forum held in Davos, Switzerland.

We express our profound thanks to Professor Yan for his massive contribution to the success of the College over the past seven years, and look forward to his continuing input as Chair Professor in the Department of Management Sciences.