Jun 1, 2018
(From left) Dr Steven Cannon 康諾恩博士, HKU Executive Vice-President (Administration & Finance); Janet Chung 鍾佩芬, Director of Alumni Affairs, HKU; Terence Cheung 張廣達 (BSocSc 1990), President of HKU Chongqing Alumni Network
Dr Steven Cannon “This is my first visit to Yu (渝) but I feel that I know the city and the region well – I am so very pleased to be here in Chongqing on such a happy and momentous occasion."
President Terence Cheung 張廣達 (BSocSc 1990) and the first Exco Members Chen Siyu 陳思宇 (MPH 2013), Yin Yu 殷語 (MSc(ITE) 2015), Li Bing 李兵 (PhD 2016), Qin Peng 秦鵬 (PhD 2017), Yang Xin 陽欣 (MSc(LIM) 2017) and Zhang Hao 張昊 (MStat 2014)
Celebrating the Inauguration with officials and friends:
Back row: Li Lianjun 李聯軍, Director, Committee for Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan, Overseas Chinese and Foreign Affairs, Chongqing Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) (6th from right); Huang Zushi 黃祖仕, Deputy Director, Committee for Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan, Overseas Chinese and Foreign Affairs, Chongqing Committee of the CPPCC (5th left); Zhang Yaxi 張婭茜, Deputy Director-general, Foreign Affairs and Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of Chongqing Municipal Government, Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of Chongqing Municipal Government (4th left); Richard Tse 謝建朋, Executive Director, Finance, West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (3rd right); Deng Rui 鄧睿, Deputy Director, Chongqing Education Commission (5th right), Mike Fung 馮大光, Deputy Director, Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Chengdu (2nd right); Dannis Chow 周家翹 (BBA 1999), President of HKU Chengdu Alumni Network (1st right); Winnie Lai 黎慧霞 (BFin 1998), Vice-President, HKU Graduates Association (2nd left); Chen Lan 陳嵐, Director, Deloitte China Research Centre (1st left).
(1st left) Steven Ma 馬明亮 (BFin 1998), Investment Promotion Officer, Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Chengdu, HKSAR Government; (2nd left) So Tsz Yin 蘇紫賢 (BSW 1991), Director, Chongqing Liaison Unit, HKSAR Government
President Terence Cheung 張廣達
(From left) Alumni from Hong Kong: Dr Kelvin Yeung 楊偉國 (MPhil 2001; PhD 2005) and John Wan 溫頌安 (BSc 1970; MBuddhStud 2007), and President Terence Cheung 張廣達
HKU Chongqing Alumni Network
Message from President Terence Cheung 張廣達
HKU Chongqing Alumni Network
Congratulations to the HKU Chongqing Alumni Network, in particular its first President Terence Cheung 張廣達 (BSocSc 1990) and the first Exco Members Chen Siyu 陳思宇 (MPH 2013), Yin Yu 殷語 (MSc(ITE) 2015), Li Bing 李兵 (PhD 2016), Qin Peng 秦鵬 (PhD 2017), Yang Xin 陽欣 (MSc(LIM) 2017) and Zhang Hao 張昊 (MStat 2014)
Message from Terence Cheung 張廣達 (BSocSc 1990), President of HKU Chongqing Alumni Network
Message from Dr Steven Cannon 康諾恩博士, HKU Executive Vice-President (Administration & Finance)
I am so very pleased to be here in Chongqing on such a happy and momentous occasion.
Happy because we are amongst friends. Friends who come together to celebrate a common bond. Momentous because tonight we are here to recognise and celebrate the inauguration of HKU Chongqing Alumni Network under its first Executive Committee led by President Terence.
The life blood of any University are its students, its staff and its alumni. The strength and the success of the University requires the continuous engagement and contribution of all three. It is relatively easy to engage staff and students – it is much more of a challenge to engage the alumni. Our task is to make the University as relevant, as vibrant and as important to our alumni today as it was to them ten, twenty, thirty even fifty years ago. That task is made much easier when the University can draw on the strength and support of a strong alumni network.
Terence, I am confident that under your leadership and the good effort of the Committee, the Chongqing Network will enjoy great success in the years to come and strengthen the links among fellow alumni and their affiliation with their alma mater.
Tonight, Chongqing joins our sister networks in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Chengdu and Pearl River Delta as members of the HKU extended family – you bring a great deal to that family and you are warmly welcomed.
Chongqing has a significant history and culture and serves as the economic centre of the upstream Yangtze basin. It is recognised as one of China’s emerging megacities - an economic powerhouse but its political, historical and cultural contribution is no less importance indeed it adds significant value to Chongqing as a destination of choice.
I know of no finer poem and no better description of “the night rain in the Ba Mountains 巴山夜雨” than in the poem by Li Shangyin (李商隱)
You asked of my date of return, I alas have none to tell.
In Bashan night rains in autumn, the pools and puddles swell.
How I long to be with you, your west wing candles to trim, and
To talk of the times and hours when in Bashan night rains fell.
So, this Chongqing Alumni Network will be an anchor not only for hundreds of alumni who are working and residing in this area but a beacon for our extended network - over 40,000 in the mainland, 220,000 across the globe.
As alumni, you represent HKU wherever you go, whatever you do. You take our name, our reputation, our values, into everything you do. We ask you to share your experience of HKU with those who your actions will touch and influence. Share them with the industries and societies you will shape. Share them with the global village of which you are part. Assist those who will follow the path that you have trod so successfully. Take an active role in shaping the future of your institution – be a mentor, lend your expertise, share your success – If you like you can even give us money - donate a scholarship or sponsor a project.
In return we at the University undertake to acknowledge your contribution – not just in the past but in the present and future. We will celebrate your past achievements, but we will continually push the boundaries and frontiers of knowledge – we will take risks, we will be bold, and we will be courageous. We are proud of you – we will make you proud of us.
We undertake to keep you informed and in touch. Through our publications and communications, we will update you on the latest developments at the University. We will keep you up to date and in touch with current developments and former colleagues. Join the Alumni WeChat Group, scan the QR Code, keep us up to date as you move around.
With your support our University will scale new heights. QS will announce next week that the University has moved to the top 25 in the QS rankings. We intend to move higher – We are a University in China for China – we are Asia’s Global University.
So tomorrow I will leave the White Emperor crowned with cloud and whilst I do not know the date of return I know that it will not be long before I do - and - when I do - we will celebrate your success and the success of HKU then as we have done this evening.
A final thanks to Terence, and to the officials and friends of HKU and this fine city. I wish you all the very best.”
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