19 April 2016

CUHK Receives Sixteen Awards at Web Accessibility Recognition Scheme



The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) has received sixteen awards (see table below) in the Web Accessibility Recognition Scheme 2016, making it one of the participating organizations which received the highest number of awards this year. Among the awards won, the ‘Most Favourite Website / Mobile App Award’, the ‘Easiest-to-Use Website / Mobile App Award’ and the ‘Triple Gold Award’, were awarded to the CUHK website (www.cuhk.edu.hk) and CUHK Mobile and nine other University websites received the ‘Gold Award’. 

Prof. Michael Hui, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of CUHK received the awards on behalf of the University at the presentation ceremony held at the Cyberport today (19 April).  He remarked, ‘Nowadays, it is very popular to obtain information from around the world via the Internet, but people with disabilities encounter many difficulties while browsing the Internet, and their access to knowledge is compromised. The Chinese University of Hong Kong offers its full support to the Web Accessibility Recognition Scheme, and has been participating in the Scheme and receiving awards for four consecutive years. This year, a number of websites and mobile apps from CUHK have been presented with gold awards. We are also the winner of the “Easiest-to-Use Website Award”, “Easiest-to-Use Mobile App Award”, one of the “Most Favourite Website Awards”, and one of the “Most Favourite Mobile App Awards”, testifying to the recognition accorded to us by the community. All this is proof of our determination to serve the community, and our accomplishments today will spur us on to further success.’ 

The ceremony was officiated at by Ir. Allen Yeung, Government Chief Information Officer, and well attended by representatives from award winning enterprises, NGOs, educational institutions and public sector organizations.  The recognition scheme was jointly organized by the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer and the Equal Opportunities Commission to encourage web accessibility among organizations in various industries and sectors, and to showcase corporations that have demonstrated outstanding efforts in facilitating access to their websites and mobile applications. 

Winners of the ‘Most Favourite Website / Mobile App Award’ and the ‘Easiest-to-Use Website / Mobile App Award’ are chosen from a number of gold award winning websites and mobile apps in the past three years. The former is awarded to the top three vote-winners, while the latter is awarded to those considered to be the most user-friendly by persons with special needs.  The ‘Triple Gold Award’ is presented to any website / mobile app that has attained gold awards consecutively for the past three years. 

The ‘Gold Award’ is presented to organizations whose websites and mobile applications have fulfilled 24 and 18 judging criteria, respectively. These criteria include meaningfully sequenced and structured contents, clear headings and informative links, and high compatibility with assistive technologies to facilitate smooth navigation. The colour contrast of text and images, font size options and use of sign language should address the need of all users, including people with disabilities and the seniors. 

Details of the awarded websites and mobile application of CUHK are as follows:

Awards

Websites / Mobile Application

Most Favourite Website Award

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Most Favourite Mobile App Award

CUHK Mobile (Android App / iOS App)

Easiest-to-Use Website Award

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Easiest-to-Use Mobile App Award

CUHK Mobile (Android App / iOS App)

Triple Gold Award (Website Stream)

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Triple Gold Award (Mobile App Steam)

CUHK Mobile (Android App)

CUHK Mobile (iOS App)

Gold Award (Website Stream)

Communications and Public Relations Office, CUHK

Congregation, CUHK

CUTV

Lee Woo Sing College, CUHK

Office of Institutional Advancement, CUHK

Personnel Office, CUHK

Support Services for Students with Disabilities, Office of Student Affairs, CUHK

CUHK Library

University Gallery

  

CUHK Receives Sixteen Awards at Web Accessibility Recognition Scheme 2016. (From left) Mr. Tommy Cho, Director of Information Services Office; Prof. Michael Hui, Pro-Vice-Chancellor; Ms. Louise Jones, University Librarian; and Prof. Michael Chang, Acting Director of the Information Technology Services Centre, CUHK.
CUHK Receives Sixteen Awards at Web Accessibility Recognition Scheme 2016. (From left) Mr. Tommy Cho, Director of Information Services Office; Prof. Michael Hui, Pro-Vice-Chancellor; Ms. Louise Jones, University Librarian; and Prof. Michael Chang, Acting Director of the Information Technology Services Centre, CUHK.

Prof. Alfred Chan, Equal Opportunities Commission Chairperson (right) presents the ‘Easiest-to-Use Mobile App Award’ to Prof. Michael Hui, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of CUHK.
Prof. Alfred Chan, Equal Opportunities Commission Chairperson (right) presents the ‘Easiest-to-Use Mobile App Award’ to Prof. Michael Hui, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of CUHK.

Ir. Allen Yeung, Government Chief Information Officer (right) presents the ‘Most Favourite Website Award’ to Mr. Tommy Cho, Director of Information Services Office of CUHK.
Ir. Allen Yeung, Government Chief Information Officer (right) presents the ‘Most Favourite Website Award’ to Mr. Tommy Cho, Director of Information Services Office of CUHK.

Mr. Steve So (2nd right) presents the ‘Gold Award’ certificates to Prof. Michael Hui, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of CUHK (1st right), Dr. Anita Leung Fung-yee, Chairman, Committee of Overseers of Lee Woo Sing College, CUHK (2nd left) and Ms. Louise Jones, University Librarian of CUHK.
Mr. Steve So (2nd right) presents the ‘Gold Award’ certificates to Prof. Michael Hui, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of CUHK (1st right), Dr. Anita Leung Fung-yee, Chairman, Committee of Overseers of Lee Woo Sing College, CUHK (2nd left) and Ms. Louise Jones, University Librarian of CUHK.