MU Connect issue 4 (page 25 to 27)

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Distinguished guests share insights at Talk of the Metropolis

The University held the sixth talk of the Talk of the Metropolis series on 22 September 2022 with Dr Louis Ng Chi-wa, Director of the Hong Kong Palace Museum, as the guest speaker. He shared his experience in planning for the Hong Kong Palace Museum under the theme 'New light on the Forbidden City: A Hong Kong perspective'.

The seventh talk was held on 9 November 2022, in which Prof. Jeffrey Shaw, Chair Professor of the Academy of Visual Arts of Hong Kong Baptist University, was invited to speak on the topic 'New media art — the conjunction of digital technology and new modes of aesthetic expression and experience'. He demonstrated how he adopted various media and digital technologies to engage the audience and convey artistic messages.

Philanthropists donate to support University development

Generous contributions from the community have undoubtedly been of great support for the University's long-term development. Business leader Dr Sin Wai-kin donated HK$5 million last year for the renewal of the Dr Sin Wai Kin Chinese Culture and Mainland Students Scholarship as well as supporting two research projects on digital culture. The projects concerned are 'Teaching and learning in digital humanities: A study of enhancing the experiences of Chinese literature and culture through interactive installations for immersive space' and 'Chinese mythology in the digital age'. On behalf of his father, Mr Benedict Sin Nga-yan visited the University to learn more about the research projects.

Apart from that, Dr Roy Chung Chi-ping, founder and chairman of the Bright Future Charitable Foundation, donated HK$1 million to support the research project 'Preventing frailty in elderly home residents by using gerontechnology', which is jointly conducted by the School of Nursing and Health Studies and the School of Science and Technology.

Nurturing talent in collaboration with industries

The University strives to train talent for society jointly with industry partners. It signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Hong Yip Holdings Limited on 18 January, collaborating with the company to enhance students' development and nurture future talent through curriculum design, student internships and other initiatives.

On 20 January, the University signed MOUs on Nurturing Talent for the Construction Industry with the Hong Kong Construction Association and the Hong Kong Federation of Electrical and Mechanical Contractors to deepen their long-term cooperation in education and enhance the exchange of professional knowledge and experience. The Hon. Bernadette Linn Hon-ho, Secretary for Development of the HKSAR, was invited to join the ceremony as the Guest of Honour and witness the signing with Council Chairman Ir Dr Conrad Wong.

In the meantime, the School of Science and Technology and HKT signed an MOU on 2 February to foster innovative collaboration, research and talent development with the aim of developing Hong Kong into a smart and sustainable city.

Strengthening the network with employers

The Student Affairs Office hosted an employer networking event entitled Me&U Create Infinite Possibilities on 24 November 2022, aiming to strengthen connections and foster more collaboration with employers. About 100 senior management representatives from a wide spectrum of industries and sectors, along with other guests, attended the event.

New Council appointments

Prof. Joshua Mok

The University welcomes the appointment of Prof. Joshua Mok Ka-ho, Vice President and Lam Man Tsan Chair Professor of Comparative Policy of Lingnan University, to the Council for a term of three years, effective from 1 October 2022. The University would like to dedicate its sincere thanks to outgoing member Prof. John Lee Chi-kin, Vice President (Academic) and Provost of the Education University of Hong Kong, for his contributions.

Meanwhile, Dr Kyle Lam Ka-leung was elected as representative of part-time tutorial staff for a two-year term, starting on 11 October 2022, replacing Mr Germen Hon Tung-hiu.

New programmes launched to address societal needs

The University received a total grant of HK$73.9 million from the Enhancement and Start-up Grant Scheme for Self-financing Post-secondary Education by the Education Bureau to launch two new programmes. The Bachelor of Arts with Honours in New Music and Interactive Entertainment programme will be the first programme in Hong Kong to emphasise education on hybrid interactive entertainment, comprising interactive and computational technology, visual arts and music. Meanwhile, the Bachelor of Science with Honours in Construction Management and Surveying programme will be nurturing more professionals in the construction industry to work on upcoming major infrastructure projects, such as the Northern Metropolis and the Lantau Tomorrow Plan.

Numerous accolades for the Business School

The Lee Shau Kee School of Business and Administration received several awards that recognise its effort in nurturing society's financial and business talent, and in pursuing sustainable business development. These include the Honorary FinTech Education & Talent Development Awards — Diamond Level in the IFTA FinTech and Innovation Awards 2021/ 2022 organised by the Institute of Financial Technologists of Asia, and the Corporate Financial Education Leadership — Gold Award in the IFPHK Financial Education and ESG Leadership Awards 2022 presented by the Institute of Financial Planners of Hong Kong.