Best Motto Contest for HKU Faculty of Science 80th Anniversary

Be a part of our think tank and show us your talent and creativity!

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About the Oak Anniversary

The year 2019 marks the 80th Anniversary of HKU Faculty of Science. Such an auspicious occasion allows the Faculty to highlight its notable contributions on pursuing academic excellence and pioneering research in decades, and most importantly, to reconnect with our generations of alumni and feature their achievements.  In fact, this is a milestone for us all, and we dearly hope to engage our alumni in planning the anniversary celebrations ahead.

To embark on the anniversary celebrations, we are organising a bilingual motto competition for the logo of our Oak Anniversary. Oak is the chosen gift for the 80th anniversary. It symbolises great wisdom, knowledge and durability. Its towering noble strength shows its ability to endure and grow even in adverse conditions because of its strong roots and firm foundation. Our alumni are like the roots, allowing branches to reach out far for sustenance as the new leaves, our present students, to collect strength. We are all connected like every part of the tree is interrelated, and we all have our importance and roles to play. We have a symbolic logo ready for use (see below), and we invite you to submit a concise, catchy and creative motto to endow a meaning to it.

About the Competition

The Chinese and English motto of each submission should be of identical meaning and mirror with each other. The length of the slogan is restricted to within 10 words for English and 20 characters for Chinese version (preferentially as brief as possible).

Selection criteria

Criteria Weighting
Relevancy to the anniversary theme and meaning 40%
Creativity 40%

Recall value of the motto

(simple and easy to remember)

* The organizers reserve the right to interpret the selection criteria. Contestants shall agree and respect the results.

Acknowledgement and Awards

Winning slogans will receive exposure in our social media platforms and promotions for anniversary celebrations. Top five entrants will be put up on the Facebook page of Faculty of Science for public voting and they will all receive a souvenir set from the Faculty each. The contest winner selected by our Selection Panel and the most popular motto picked by netizens will receive an award certificate and department store gift vouchers valued HKD 1,000 each.

Entry Qualification

The motto contest is open to all alumni, staff and students in HKU Science family. Each contestant can submit only ONE entry.

Application and Submission of Entries

All entry submissions should reach the Faculty of Science by completing entry form on or before September 8, 2017.
To participate, please complete our entry form here.


Selection, Announcement of Awards

Top five entrants will be put up on the Facebook page of Faculty of Science for public voting from September 18 to 24, 2017.

All winners will be informed individually by October 10, 2017.

Rules of Competition

  • Participant can join on individual basis or in group. Each team can have up to two members.
  • Entries should be original and should not be issued, published or awarded in other competitions before.
  • The Faculty reserves the right to publish and publicize the awarded entries in any media.
  • The copyright of all submissions will be vested with the organizers.
  • The judging panel members chosen by the organizer have the final decision on the results of the contest.


Ms Cindy Chan, Senior Communication Manager, Faculty of Science

Mr Benjamin Miu, Science Outreach & Liaison Officer, Faculty of Science