The Department of Religion and Philosophy and the Centre for Sino-Christian Studies of HKBU jointly organised the "Public Symposium on Five Religions: Character Education as the Cornerstone of Society" on 20 November.

Sponsored by Wofoo Social Enterprises, the event invited five religious leaders to present insightful views on character education from different religious perspectives.

The five prominent religious leaders who attended the event were: Most Rev Joseph Ha Chi-shing, Auxiliary Bishop of Hong Kong of The Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong; Venerable Jing Yin, Abbot of Po Lin Monastery; Rev Daniel Ng Chung-man, Retired Senior Pastor of Evangelical Free Church of China - Kong Fok Church; Imam Uthman Yang, Imam of Masjid Ammar of Masjid Ammar and Osman Ramju Sadick Islamic Centre of the Islamic Union of Hong Kong; and Master Leung Tak-wah, Chairman of The Hong Kong Taoist Association and Fung Ying Seen Koon.

In the discussion session, the five speakers talked about the belief shared by different religions ─ everyone has the goal of changing oneself, changing the world and pursuing goodness. All speakers agreed on the need to promote character education and emphasise the importance of individual morality through collaborative efforts on the individual level, family level and community level.