Date: 22 May 2015 (Friday)

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Professor Roland Chin appointed HKBU President and Vice-Chancellor

浸大委任錢大康教授為下任校長

Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) announced today the appointment of Professor Roland Chin Tai-hong (錢大康), a prominent academic leader with outstanding higher education development and management experience, as its President and Vice-Chancellor for a term of five years with effect from 1 September 2015. Professor Chin will succeed Professor Albert Chan Sun-chi (陳新滋) who will retire in July 2015.

Professor Chin has been Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, and Chair Professor of Computer Science of The University of Hong Kong since 2010. Prior to that, he had served The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology between 1992 and 2010, and was Vice-President for Research and Development (2003-2006), before becoming Deputy President and Provost (2006-2010).

The appointment was made after a thorough search process by the Search Committee through open recruitment locally and internationally. In late April 2015, the Interview Panel, which comprises the committee members and presidents of HKBU Students’ Union and HKBU Alumni Association, unanimously decided to recommend Professor Chin for the post of President and Vice-Chancellor.
The Search Committee introduced Professor Roland Chin to the HKBU Council in the Council meeting held on 14 May. After considering the views collected in the six consultation sessions, the Committee reaffirmed its recommendation to the Council on the appointment of Professor Chin as the new President and Vice-Chancellor. Upon the recommendation of the Search Committee, the Council unanimously approved the appointment by members’ written resolution today.

Mr Cheng Yan-kee, Chairman of the HKBU Council as well as the Search Committee, was delighted at Professor Chin’s appointment. He said: “The Search Committee was impressed by Professor Chin’s distinguished academic achievements, leadership abilities, commitment and contribution to education, as well as his rich experience in higher education and public service. The Search Committee concluded that Professor Chin is the most suitable person to take the helm at HKBU. The Council is confident that Professor Chin, as the University’s next President and Vice-Chancellor, will succeed in leading HKBU to scale new heights and will work closely with other university community members to fulfil its strategic goals.”

Mr Cheng thanked members of the Search Committee and the Interview Panel for their hard work during the recruitment exercise. He also expressed his appreciation for the valuable comments provided by staff, students and alumni in the consultation sessions, focus group meetings and through e-mails.

Professor Chin is pleased to be appointed. “I am honoured that the University’s students, staff and Council have entrusted me with this leadership position. For nearly six decades, HKBU has nurtured leaders with passion and a commitment to be responsible citizens, achieving notable results and a strong international reputation. I look forward to contributing to the University’s next stage of development in partnership with students and my fellow colleagues, and realising its vision of becoming the regional leader in whole person education that delivers academic excellence and innovation.”

Professor Chin said he will uphold HKBU’s ethos of Whole Person Education, further enhance academic exchanges and collaboration with partners in the region and beyond, promote interdisciplinary research, and foster internationalisation. “I will endeavour to bring the University to a new height as one of the region’s leading institutions of higher learning.”

Professor Albert Chan, current President and Vice-Chancellor of HKBU, welcomed the appointment. He said: “Professor Chin has prestigious academic standing, a most impressive leadership record and substantial management experience. I am certain he will assume an instrumental role in taking HKBU to a new level of development.”

Professor Chin was born in Macau and raised in Hong Kong. He graduated from the University of Missouri, Columbia, USA, with Bachelor’s and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering. Upon graduation, he worked at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland for two years before starting his teaching career at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, from 1981 to 1995. Professor Chin is renowned for his research in the areas of computer vision, image processing, and pattern recognition, and has won numerous prestigious awards in the field.

Apart from having extensive and solid teaching and management experience in tertiary institutions, Professor Chin is active in public service. He was a member of the University Grants Committee (UGC) from 2004 to 2012, and the Chairman of the Research Grants Council (RGC) between 2005 and 2012. He is the Convenor of the Research Assessment Exercise 2014 of the UGC and was in the same capacity from 2005 to 2007 for the Research Assessment Exercise 2006. In addition, Professor Chin has served on numerous committees in public bodies, including the Employees Retraining Board, Quality Education Fund, Applied Research Council, Innovation and Technology Commission, Commission on Strategic Development, and Cyberport Board of Directors, and he was Chairman of Hong Kong Education City Board of Directors. He is Chairman of Science Museum Advisory Panel, a board member of the Applied Science and Technology Research Institute, trustee of The Croucher Foundation and a member of the Steering Committee on Innovation and Technology of the HKSAR Government. 

The search process of the new president and vice-chancellor of HKBU began in August 2014. The University Council established a Search Committee which included four staff representatives elected by colleagues and appointed an executive search firm to assist. The profiles of about 150 local and overseas scholars were reviewed. A dedicated website (http://pvcsearch.hkbu.edu.hk) was set up, and comments and suggestions collected from staff, students and alumni through consultation sessions and focus group meetings formed the basis for the selection criteria. During the interview process, in order to raise the representativeness, the Interview Panel comprised not only members of the Search Committee but also President of the HKBU Students’ Union and President of the HKBU Alumni Association.  In addition, six consultation sessions were organised by the Search Committee for the University community to exchange views with the presidential candidate. 

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More information on Professor Chin is available at: http://cpro.hkbu.edu.hk/Roland-Chin-cv-Sep-2015-e.pdf

香港浸會大學宣佈,委任擁有豐富高等教育發展和管理經驗的著名學者錢大康教授為下任校長,以接替將於今年7月退休的陳新滋校長。錢教授將於今年9月1日履新,任期5年。

錢大康教授自2010年起出任香港大學首席副校長和計算機科學系講座教授。由1992至2010年,錢教授任職香港科技大學,於2003至2006年擔任研究及發展副校長,其後於2006至2010年擔任首席副校長。

校長聘任委員會於去年展開嚴謹的程序,在國際和本地公開招聘新校長。今年4月底,由聘任委員會成員、香港浸會大學學生會會長和香港浸會大學校友會會長組成的遴選面見委員會,一致同意推薦錢大康教授為下任校長。

聘任委員會於5月14日的校董會會議上介紹了錢大康教授,其後在詳細考慮了在六場諮詢會中收集的意見後,再次確認向校董會推薦錢教授成為新任校長。校董會今日根據聘任委員會的建議,以書面議案一致通過是項委任。

身兼聘任委員會主席的浸大校董會主席鄭恩基先生對委任錢教授為新校長表示欣喜,他說:「對於錢教授的傑出學術成就、領導才能和對教育的熱誠、承擔和貢獻,以及在高等教育和社會服務上的豐富經驗,聘任委員會深表讚賞,並一致認同他是下任校長的最適合人選。校董會有信心錢教授能帶領浸大邁向高峰,並與浸大社群同心協力,達成既定的策略目標。」

鄭先生又感謝聘任委員會和遴選面見委員會各成員在聘任過程中付出的努力,並向在諮詢會和聚焦小組中,或以電郵表達寶貴意見的浸大師生和校友致謝。

對於獲委任為浸大新校長,錢大康教授表示與有榮焉。他說:「得到浸大學生、教職員和校董會的支持和信任,深感榮幸。過去近60年,浸大誨人不倦,致力培育領袖人才,熱誠而盡責,成就斐然,享譽國際。我希望與同學和同事携手努力,繼續發揚浸大卓越創新的精神,成為區內全人教育的領袖學府。」

錢教授表示,他會秉持浸大的全人教育理念,積極推動學術交流、加強區域合作,以發展跨學科研究和國際化。他說:「自當竭盡所能,提升浸大的地位,成為亞洲首屈一指的高等學府。」

浸大校長陳新滋教授對委任錢大康教授為新校長表示歡迎,他說:「錢教授有崇高的學術地位、卓越的研究成就和豐富的管理經驗,我深信他能領導浸大邁向新領域。」
錢大康教授在澳門出生,於香港成長。他在美國密蘇里大學(哥倫比亞)修讀電機工程,獲頒學士和博士學位,其後曾在馬利蘭州美國太空總署高達太空飛行中心擔任研究工作兩年,1981至1995年在美國威斯康辛大學(麥迪遜)電機及電腦工程系任教。錢教授在研究電腦影像、圖像處理及圖形辨識等領域均享有卓越地位,並多次贏得國際學術獎項。

錢教授不但在高等教育教研和管理方面經驗豐富,也積極參與公共服務,包括於2004至2012年擔任大學教育資助委員會委員、2005至2012年出任研究資助局主席。他現任教資會2014年研究評審工作小組召集人,並於2005至2007年出任同一職位,以統籌2006年的研究評審工作。錢教授曾在多個機構擔任公職,包括僱員再培訓局、優質教育基金、應用研究局、創新科技署、策略發展委員會和數碼港董事局,亦曾任香港教育城董事會主席。他現任科學博物館諮詢委員會主席、應用科技研究院董事局董事、裘槎基金會董事局成員和特區政府創新科技諮詢委員會成員。
浸大的新校長聘任工作於2014年8月展開,大學校董會成立了包括四位由教職員互選為成員的聘任委員會,並委任了一所國際人事顧問公司協助。委員會曾檢視150多位本地和海外學者的履歷。聘任委員會又設立網頁(http://pvcsearch.hkbu.edu.hk)、通過諮詢會和聚焦小組收集教職員、學生和校友的意見和建議,共同確定新校長聘任準則。在面試階段,遴選面見委員會中除了聘任委員會的成員外,還特別加入浸大學生會會長和浸大校友會會長為成員,增加遴選面見委員會的代表性。此外,聘任委員會亦舉辦了六場諮詢會,讓大學社群和校長候選人交流意見。

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有關錢大康教授的簡歷,請瀏覽網頁:
http://cpro.hkbu.edu.hk/Roland-Chin-cv-Sep-2015-c.pdf
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