At the HKBU’s 62nd Convocation and Honorary University Fellowship Conferment Ceremony: (from left) HKBU Council Treasurer Mrs Doreen Chan, 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 Tao Kit Tse, Ms Ada Wong, HKBU Council Chairman Mr Cheng Yan-kee and HKBU President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Roland Chin.


Date: 05 Sep 2017 (Tuesday)


HKBU welcomes freshmen and confers Honorary University Fellowships at Convocation


Hong Kong Baptist University (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 E Chapman (賈南溪博士), Ms Rosanna Choi Yi-tak (蔡懿德女士), Dr Andrew Lam Hoi-ham (林海涵博士), Mr Lee Siu-lun (李兆麟先生), Ms Winnie Tam Wan-chi (譚允芝女士), Dr Tan Siu-lin (陳守仁博士), Mr Alfred Tang Kwai-chang (鄧貴彰先生), Mrs Kitty Toa Kit Tse (謝吳道潔女士) and Ms Ada Wong Ying-kay (黃英琦女士).

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.

Details of the nine Honorary University Fellowship recipients:

香港浸會大學今日(9月5日)舉行「第62屆開學典禮暨榮譽大學院士頒授典禮」,歡迎逾2,000位新同學和國際交流生加入浸大,並頒授榮譽大學院士予九位傑出人士,表揚他們對社會的重大貢獻及對浸大發展的鼎力支持。獲嘉許的人士包括賈南溪博士(Dr Nancy Chapman)、蔡懿德女士、林海涵博士、李兆麟先生、譚允芝女士、陳守仁博士、鄧貴彰先生、謝吳道潔女士和黃英琦女士。






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