The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) organized the Presentation Ceremony of ‘Sin Wai Kin CUHK Golden Jubilee Scholarships in Arts, History and Philosophy’ on Tuesday, 24 July 2018. The ceremony was officiated by Dr Sin Wai-kin, David, Chairman of Sin Wai Kin Foundation and Myer Jewelry Manufacturer Limited, Mrs Sin, Mr Sin Nga-yan, Benedict, Director and General Manager of Myer Jewelry Manufacturer Limited, Professor Fok Tai-fai, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President of CUHK, and Professor Lai Pan-chiu, Acting Dean of Faculty of Arts of CUHK.
In his welcoming speech, Professor Fok Tai-fai expressed his heartfelt gratitude to Dr Sin and his family for their unfailing support towards the development of CUHK over the years. Mr Benedict Sin also encouraged all scholarship recipients to dedicate themselves in striving for academic excellence and to give back to the society after graduation.
Established in 2013 in the midst of the 50th anniversary of CUHK, the ‘Sin Wai Kin CUHK Golden Jubilee Scholarships in Arts, History and Philosophy’ awards students who excel in Arts, History and Philosophy, with the objective of fostering academic research. On behalf of all scholarship recipients, Mr Lee Him-nok, a year three student from the Department of Chinese Language and Literature delivered a vote of thanks. He thanked Dr Sin for his generosity in establishing the scholarship which recognized their effort in achieving academic excellence. All scholarship recipients presented thank you letters to Dr Sin, Mrs Sin and Mr Benedict Sin at the ceremony.
According to a recent research, one in every three Hong Kong people thinks his or her life is meaningless and that proportion is the highest in the world. When a person thinks it is meaningless to live in the world, they will have thoughts about committing suicide even if they are young and potentially energetic. In recent years, the number of students having emotional problems has been increasing and more and more young students are suffering from mental illnesses. Often news of students committing suicide can be found in the media and the situation gives rise to great concern among the public.
In view of the current situation, The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust and the Faculty of Social Science of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) are co-creating the Jockey Club Positive Education “Ascend and Radiate” Project (JC-PEAR). It aims to exploit advanced knowledge and practices in positive education among students, parents and teachers through co-creation and co-development of current expertise and skills. The Launch Ceremony and Open Forum of the JC-PEAR was held today in CUHK. Professor Rocky S. Tuan, Vice-Chancellor and President of CUHK, Mr. Leong Cheung, Executive Director, Charities and Community of The Hong Kong Jockey Club and Professor Chi-yue Chiu, Dean of Social Science of CUHK officiated the launch ceremony.
Professor Tuan, Vice-Chancellor and President of CUHK in his welcome address said, “In the face of challenges arising from this complex society of ours, it is essential for our younger generation to enhance their problem-solving skills and resilience, as well as nurture a positive outlook on life. The JC-PEAR Project is firmly grounded in positive education research. Through applying positive education research to practices, the Project will drive the development and application of positive education, and establish a positive learning environment that benefits more teachers and students.”
Mr. Leong Cheung, Executive Director, Charities and Community of The Hong Kong Jockey Club said, “The Club is committed to the development of the younger generation by providing them with more opportunities. The JC-PEAR Project is aimed at creating a good school environment for better student learning and growth. It combines positive psychology and best teaching practices to help schools redesign their pedagogy, learning activities, assessments and school campus to cultivate a positive atmosphere. Relevant training is being provided to teachers to enhance their positive interaction with students. Sharing and learning platforms will also be regularly organised to encourage more schools to apply positive education.”
Professor Chi-yue Chiu, Dean of Faculty of Social Science of CUHK said, “The goal of this Project is straightforward. We strive to change the learning context that promotes learning at the expense of well-being to one that creates well-being through learning.”
Primary and secondary schools participating in the JC-PEAR Project get professional consultations from the CUHK JC-PEAR Project Team on adjusting different aspects, from teaching syllabus and methods to communications with the students. Great improvement has been found among the students in their learning motivation, behaviour and the expression of their emotions after the adjustments. The CUHK JC-PEAR Project team also found that if students are willing to try different learning strategies, equip themselves with the can-learn and can-do attitude, then they are more capable of coping with setbacks, can maintain an optimistic outlook and deliver a better performance. Professor Chi-yue Chiu also shared his views on positive psychology and how to help the kids build positive thinking with parents attending school seminars organised by CUHK.
Principal Ha of Po Leung Kuk Ma Kam Ming College said, “Through the JC-PEAR Project, we use long-distance running to train students to set goals and develop the ability to transcend themselves, taking them from not knowing how to run, to learning how to run, to, eventually, how to run by different methods and with different goals. We hope to equip them with a proactive attitude and apply it to their daily lives.”
Ms. To, a teacher of HKSKH Bishop Hall Secondary School said, “Some students with potential often lack the opportunities to display their talent. They really need a platform to showcase it. We are very pleased to have the full support from the JC-PEAR Project. The students have been looking forward to every positive education class. They have shown significant improvement in their performance which is so uplifting for us”
About The Jockey Club Positive Education “Ascend and Radiate” Project (JC-PEAR Project)
Led by CUHK, the JC-PEAR Project is a three-year positive education project co-created and funded by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust that runs from September 2017 to August 2020. It aspires to establish for Hong Kong an education paradigm that promotes both the intellectual growth and psychological well-being of students, parents and teachers. It aims to exploit advanced knowledge and practices in positive education and through co-creation and co-development of current expertise and skills with local schools.
Six Partner Schools, including three primary schools and three secondary schools, two Resource Schools and over thirty Affiliate Schools participate in this Project.
Source: Communications and Public Relations Office, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) is honoured to receive two generous donations from the Shanghai Fraternity Association Hong Kong Limited (SFA) to establish the ‘The Chinese University of Hong Kong - Shanghai Fraternity Association Integrative Medical Centre’ (the Centre) in Wan Chai, being the third satellite integrative medicine centre operated by Hong Kong Institute of Integrative Medicine (HKIIM) of Faculty of Medicine, and to sponsor HK$1.155 million in support of the ‘Science Academy for Young Talent of The Chinese University of Hong Kong STEM Programme’ to nurture young scientists in Hong Kong.
Officiated at by Mr William Lee Tak-Lun, President of SFA and ProfessorRocky S. Tuan, Vice-Chancellor and President of CUHK, a memoranda of understanding signing ceremony was held on Monday, 11 June 2018. The ceremony was also graced by the presence of Dr Lee Woo-Sing, Honorary Life President of SFA, Dr Norman N. P. Leung, Chairman of the Council of CUHK, as well as Council Members of SFA and CUHK representatives. Professor Leung Ting-hung, Medical Director, Integrative Medical Centre of Faculty of Medicine, CUHK and Professor Wong Suk-ying, Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor of CUHK introduced the Centre and the STEM Programme respectively at the ceremony.
On behalf of CUHK, Professor Rocky Tuan expressed his sincere gratitude to SFA for its unfailing support towards CUHK over the years. ‘SFA has made remarkable contributions towards public welfare and the advancement of local education. I hope the partnership with SFA will continue in enhancing the development of integrative medicine and cultivating potential young leaders for future,’ said Professor Tuan. Mr William Lee was happy to work closely with CUHK for the betterment of the community. He remarked, ‘We believe the development of integrated medicine and innovation and technology can benefit all mankind. SFA is pleased to share the same mission with CUHK in striving for the long-term sustainable development of Hong Kong.’
The Chinese University of Hong Kong - Shanghai Fraternity Association Integrative Medical Centre
SFA will offer part of its premises on the first floor of the Southorn Mansion in Wan Chai, for HKIIM to establish The Chinese University of Hong Kong - Shanghai Fraternity Association Integrative Medical Centre, with a nominal fee of HK$1 per month. SFA also agreed a donation-in-kind to HKIIM for the renovation of the premises to meet the Centre’s operational needs. HKIIM aims to become a major integrative medical collaborative platform in the heart of Hong Kong Island. The Centre is not only committed to providing innovative specialised outpatient services in an integrated medicine approach, but is also devoted to create synergy and foster the development of integrative medicine in the areas of service, research and education, thereby benefitting the well-being of the society.
Science Academy for Young Talent of The Chinese University of Hong Kong STEM Programme
STEM education refers to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The STEM Programme will be launched during summer vacation for three years targeting secondary school students. The programme aims to enhance participants' interest in STEM-related disciplines through various lectures, tutorial classes, group discussions, experiments hosted by CUHK lecturers. A maximum of one hundred participants with excellent academic results in Mathematics and Science will be selected. The 10-day programme will last for a minimum of sixty hours in total.