As part of its 20th anniversary celebrations, more than 1,000 staff, students and alumni of City University of Hong Kong (CityU) produced a handprint painting in a bid to break the Guinness World Record. More than 10,000 palm images were printed on five rolls of canvas using nine kilograms of paint at the anniversary ceremony last month. The golden yellow painting, which measures 326.755 square metres, was then used in a dragon dance performance by 70 students. The current record for the world's largest handprint painting stands at about 210 square metres - one-third smaller than CityU's City Dragon. At the ceremony, CityU president Chang Hsin-kang said he believed people should be proud of what the university had accomplished in the past two decades. 'We have brought together education in technology and education in humanities and that will continue to be the underpinning principle of our education mission,' said Professor Chang, expressing his gratitude to his staff, students and alumni. Forty per cent of CityU's 1,000-plus teaching staff are foreigners who come from 30 countries. The student intake has an even broader mix with nearly 800 expatriate students. The university has also developed partnerships with more than 300 tertiary institutions and research institutes worldwide. Also speaking at the ceremony, CityU council chairman Gordon Wu Ying-sheung said the mixed cultural backgrounds of students was a trend which could be found in many local tertiary institutions. 'Cultural diversity of the student body is an important element in nurturing an international outlook among students,' said Sir Gordon. 'To encourage local higher education institutions to become more global in their reach, the University Grants Committee will increase the ceiling of non-local student intake. 'CityU has responded proactively to this call. We have embraced the ideal of a broader student mix.' He added that non-local students on campus enriched local students' intellectual and social lives, stimulated 'out-of-the-box' thinking and broadened students' horizons. Other events to mark the university's anniversary include the Student Leadership Conference, a 100-kilometre charity walk and a series of exhibitions and seminars hosted by renowned artists and intellectuals.