HKBU launches 55th Anniversary celebrations, founds Institute of Creativity and receives HK$100m donation from Hung Hin Shiu Charitable Foundation for Institute's further development
Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) held its 55th Anniversary Celebrations Launching Ceremony and Institute of Creativity Founding Ceremony yesterday (28 March) attended by over 300 honourable guests, donors, alumni, staff, students and HKBU friends. At the event, the University unveiled a series of celebratory activities under the theme “Innovation, Excellence and Whole Person Education” in commemoration of its 55th Anniversary, and announced the establishment of the territory’s first Institute of Creativity to further promote the development of interdisciplinary research and cross-cultural research on campus. The University also received a donation of HK$100 million from the Hung Hin Shiu Charitable Foundation Limited to support the Institute of Creativity.
Officiating at the ceremony were Mr. Henry Tang, Chief Secretary for Administration, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region; Professor Chen-ning Yang, Nobel Laureate in Physics 1957 and HKBU honorary Doctor of Science; Professor Torsten N. Wiesel, Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine 1981 and President Emeritus of Rockefeller University; MuKha, renowned American painter/photographer; Mrs. Hung Hin-shiu, Chairman of the Hung Hin Shiu Charitable Foundation Limited; Mr. Wilfred Wong, Chairman of the Council and the Court, HKBU; and Professor Albert Chan, President and Vice-Chancellor, HKBU.
Welcoming the guests, Mr. Wilfred Wong said HKBU has always strived to maximise its contribution to the community by matching its teaching effort and research output to the rapidly changing needs of society. “It is my firm conviction that HKBU is moving towards fulfilling the wonderful vision of its founding fathers,” said Mr. Wong.
Delivering his speech, Mr. Henry Tang offered his warmest congratulations to HKBU on its 55th Anniversary and the founding of the Institute of Creativity. He said that throughout its 55-year history, HKBU had gathered extensive experience in providing broad-based and creativity-driven education. “The establishment of the Institute of Creativity will help to nurture new talents for the rapidly changing environment and also demonstrates the University’s vision and commitment to promoting a research culture and generating fresh ideas,” said Mr. Tang.
In celebration of the 55th Anniversary, an array of signature events will be held throughout the year. These include alumni sharing forums, a Gala Concert and a Gala Performance, and international seminars and symposiums in the disciplines of health, environment, contemporary China studies, and cross-cultural studies. For details on the celebratory activities, please go to http://hkbu55th.hkbu.edu.hk/eng/main/index.html.
Apart from launching the 55th Anniversary celebrations, the University also announced the establishment of the territory’s first Institute of Creativity aiming to strengthen the research culture, nurture a critical mass of research talent, sharpen the research performance and further promote the development of interdisciplinary research and theme-based research on campus.
The Institute will be a high-powered think tank where Nobel Laureates in different academic disciplines and world-class scholars will be invited to interact and exchange ideas with students, researchers and faculty members of the University.
The University is grateful to the Hung Hin Shiu Charitable Foundation Limited for donating HK$100 million to set up the “Institute of Creativity – Dr. Hung Hin Shiu Development Fund” in support of the development of the Institute, its research projects and academic exchange activities. To thank the Hung family for their generosity, a cheque presentation was held at the ceremony with Chairman Wilfred Wong and President Albert Chan receiving the donation from Mrs. Hung Hin-shiu, Chairman of the Hung Hin Shiu Charitable Foundation Limited, her son Mr. Billy Hung and daughter Mrs. Elizabeth Hung Wong.
The “Institute of Creativity – Dr. Hung Hin Shiu Development Fund” will be used in organising public lecture series which will be open to the public and students from tertiary institutions and secondary schools, inviting Nobel Laureates or world-class scholars to “take up residence” at the University, and supporting research projects in interdisciplinary and cross-cultural studies.
Expressing his gratitude to Mrs. Hung and the Hung family, President Albert Chan said: “The Hung Hin Shiu Charitable Foundation was founded by Dr. Hung Hin-shiu who was a long-standing friend and staunch supporter of the University. The HK$100 million donation is in fact an extension of Dr. Hung’s caring love and tremendous support towards the University over the years.”
The ceremony also saw Chairman Wong and President Chan present souvenirs to 16 organisations/donors who have made accumulated donations of HK$1 million or above to the University this year. Their generous support to HKBU has made possible the University’s drive for excellence, innovation and advancement.
典禮邀得香港特別行政區政務司司長唐英年先生、一九五七年諾貝爾物理學獎得主兼浸大榮譽理學博士楊振寧教授、一九八一年諾貝爾生理學或醫學獎得主兼洛克菲勒大學榮休校長Torsten N. Wiesel教授、知名美國畫家兼攝影家MuKha、孔憲紹慈善基金有限公司主席孔憲紹夫人、浸大校董會暨諮議會主席王英偉先生和校長陳新滋教授聯合主禮。