HKBU welcomed a new cohort of over 2,000 undergraduate students and international exchange students at its 62nd Convocation today (5 September).

On the occasion, the University also conferred Honorary University Fellowships on nine distinguished persons in recognition of their significant contributions to society and their support to the University. The recipients are Dr Nancy Chapman, Ms Rosanna Choi, Dr Andrew Lam, Mr Lee Siu-lun, Ms Winnie Tam, Dr Tan Siu-lin, Mr Alfred Tang, Mrs Kitty Tse and Ms Ada Wong.

In his speech, President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Roland Chin said students are now living in the age of Big Data and Artificial Intelligence (AI). AI has attained several incredible breakthroughs in people’s daily life at a rate faster than forecast, and will probably eliminate some kinds of jobs for which students are preparing. Professor Chin said that these dynamics will create opportunities for new types of jobs that are unknown today to appear in the future. 

Professor Chin said HKBU’s liberal arts education has the power to develop in students the creativity, entrepreneurial spirit and out-of-the-box thinking that the 21st century’s global challenges increasingly demand of a person. He encouraged students to equip themselves with the necessary skills to face the unknown and to meet the needs of the fast-changing world. Secondly, students have to learn from and collaborate with others through social learning and team work opportunities. Thirdly, they should embrace the attributes that are unique to humans and remain beyond the reach of computers. These are imagination, aspiration, intuition, moral, aesthetics, love and empathy. 

Professor Chin expressed his hopes that the students take inspiration from the nine Honorary University Fellows, do their utmost that AI cannot do, and make the world a better place. 

Speaking on behalf of the Honorary University Fellows, Dr Nancy Chapman expressed their gratitude to HKBU for bestowing the extraordinary honour on them. She praised the University for its outstanding achievements in scholarship, its commitment to students and the community, and its steadfast dedication to its founding mission of whole person education.   

Dr Chapman said a university education is an extraordinary opportunity for freedom to explore, to learn, create and serve. To gain the most from it, she encouraged students to let curiosity be the guide: to leave the mind open, to question, to investigate, to form arguments and amass evidence to support them. In the process, the four-year education at HKBU will leave an indelible mark on each of the students. 

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