At the 24th Congregation held on 15 December 2015, former President Yuk-Shan Wong formally announced the University motto in Chinese: ‘公誠毅樸．開明進取’. The Motto was approved by the University Council following an open competition involving all students, staff, alumni and the Council. About 100 motto proposals were received in the competition and two finalist proposals – both submitted by students – were selected by the Motto Selection Committee. The two finalist proposals were subsequently merged and refined to form the final Motto that was approved by the University Council.
The motto in Latin is “Disce, Progredere, Crea”. The Motto encapsulates both the Chinese and Western views on education: providing well-being, fairness and justice to all, and that all students and staff shall act with integrity and honesty, and live in harmony with the nature. They must learn, advance, and create with an open mind and strive for success with perseverance.