Most of it will go to $1.9b campus expansion plan Plans to expand City University's overcrowded campus have received a boost with a $25 million donation by property tycoon Sir Gordon Wu Ying-sheung. Sir Gordon has given $20 million towards the university's $1.9 billion campus expansion plan and $5 million for academic development, which will kick-start a fund for donations from staff, students and alumni. The university is applying for a $20 million matching grant from the government. Sir Gordon - who is chairman and managing director of Hopewell Holdings and chairman of City University's ruling council - said his donation would help remedy overcrowding at the university. 'Student enrolment is increasing annually, and if we change to a four-year curriculum, we will have one-third more students,' he said. 'With such a limited campus, if we have more students, it will be a very crowded campus. We have to plan how to solve this problem.' A slope covered in trees behind the main campus would be flattened to make way for four buildings that would be surrounded by parkland, Sir Gordon said. Tree felling would be kept to a minimum in response to community concerns - although the university's lease does not require it - and new trees would be planted. The buildings will house a creative media centre - currently in a converted underground car park - a community college for associate degree students, and classrooms and administrative offices for fourth-year studies. Dennis Sun Tai-lun, chairman of City University's community relations committee, said it needed an extra 3 square metres per student to meet the University Grants Committee's minimum space requirement of 9 square metres per student. John Tse Wing-ling, chairman of the City University Staff Association, said: 'CityU has a very, very urgent need to expand its campus to find extra space. The most crowded period is from 5pm onwards, because many part-time students come to the campus.' The expansion will increase the size of the campus by two-thirds. City University's 20,000-strong student body is expected to grow to 35,000 once four-year degrees are introduced in 2012.