HKBU held the Founders’ Day Reception on 10 March to mark its 61st anniversary celebration. The event provided an opportunity for around 300 guests, including its Council and Court members, honorary doctorate and fellowship recipients, government officials, consuls general, staff, students, alumni, supporters and friends of the University, to understand more about HKBU’s latest development.

Officiating at the Reception were Mr Philip Chen; Mr Cheng Yan-kee, Chairman of the Council and the Court; Mrs Doreen Chan, Treasurer of the Council and the Court; and Professor Roland Chin, President and Vice-Chancellor.

Speaking on the occasion, Chairman Cheng said a University’s role is to broaden peoples’ horizons through the beneficial impact of its teaching and research and to encourage open-mindedness and foster collaboration so as to solve world issues. During the past six decades, HKBU has been committed to nurturing civic-minded leaders and contributing to the good of Hong Kong and beyond.

Mr Cheng added that HKBU excels in many fields and has won the support of many individuals and organisations, such as the recent pledges for the establishment of the Hong Kong Baptist University – Jockey Club Chinese Medicine Disease Prevention and Health Management Centre, the Tsang Shiu Tim Endowed Chair of Chinese Medicine Clinical Studies, and Hong Kong’s first Institute of Bioresource and Agriculture. He is confident that HKBU, with the support of community members and friends, will remain a place of academic excellence and innovative research.

In his speech, Mr Philip Chen shared his valuable insights on the development of the aviation industry and said that like a transport hub can make a great city, developing education well can boost related industries. He concluded with an encouraging message: “I believe in Hong Kong people. We have the capability, energy and the right value system. Hong Kong can do this; it depends on the global view of our people. We need to be creative, innovative and go for excellence. Isn’t that what HKBU stands for?”

Delivering his remarks, Professor Roland Chin mentioned that HKBU has experienced three transformative changes: the birth of Baptist College, becoming a publicly funded institution and later earning university status. He said: “It is time for another transformative change. Our vision is to transform HKBU from a local university to a global university – a university with well-selected focus and strength, in Asia for the world. We must think and act anew.”

Professor Chin explained that talent is an important element to change the world. The University is setting out two approaches to make the next transformative change, namely, to focus on strategic areas of strength and to invest in talents and students. HKBU plans to become internationally competitive and leading by sending all HKBU students to learn and experience away from campus and away from Hong Kong to enable them to have global outlook and international experience.

At the Reception, the University also presented the fourth Distinguished Alumni Award to four outstanding alumni in recognition of their brilliant business, professional or scholastic achievements as well as their services and contributions to the University and society. The four awardees are: Ms Delia Chan (Secretarial Management, Chinese Medicine), Dr Poon Po-chiu (Chinese Language and Literature), Mr Philip Tsai (Accounting) and Mr Sunny Wong (Business Management). For a brief introduction of the four outstanding alumni, please visit:

In addition, Chairman Cheng and Professor Chin expressed their gratitude and presented HKBU Foundation certificates to supporters who made significant contributions to the University.

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