Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) celebrated the ninth anniversary of the HKBU Foundation at a Thanksgiving Reception on 27 February.

The University also took the opportunity to express its heartfelt appreciation to around 180 Foundation members, supporters, alumni and friends of the University for their steadfast support towards the Foundation. On the occasion, the new Chairman of the HKBU Foundation Dr Kennedy Wong and President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Roland Chin also presented certificates to Honorary Vice-Presidents, Honorary Directors and Directors of the Foundation to express the University's gratitude for their generosity.

Speaking at the Reception, Dr Kennedy Wong thanked the former Chairman of the HKBU Foundation Dr Wilfred Wong and members of the public for their tremendous support towards the sustainable development of HKBU. He said that the scale of the Foundation has grown steadily over the years. The number of Foundation members increased from 131 at the time of its establishment in 2009 to currently 650 with an accumulative donation of HK$1.3 billion, providing a solid financial base to sustain the University’s ongoing development.

Dr Wong added that HKBU has established a number of Endowed Chair Professorships in a variety of leading disciplines in recent years with the aim of attracting worldwide elite talents to consolidate the University's academic and research development and further promote the application of knowledge transfer for the betterment of society. He hoped that more members and organisations can join HKBU in realising its vision of nurturing future talent.  

In his speech, Professor Roland Chin shared the Universit's latest development, including the Institutional Strategic Plan (ISP) 2018-2028, Talent100 scheme, and the campus development plans. He said that the 10-year ISP, grounded in HKBU's Caring, Creative and Global DNAs, was launched to fullfill the University’s aspiration with three strategic priorities: 1) to deliver the best student experience; 2) to achieve teaching and research excellence; and 3) to invest in capacity. Professor Chin said the University will continue to do its utmost in turning itself into a leading, research-led, liberal arts University in Asia for the world delivering academic excellence in a caring, creative and global culture.

To help address the University's long-term development needs, the HKBU Foundation was established in 2009 to consolidate support from all sectors of society and enhancing the University's fundraising capabilities. It also aims to secure more resources to sustain the University's advancement in every sphere to uphold HKBU's ethos of Whole Person Education.