First of all, let me extend my warmest welcome to all of those newcomers of the OUHK who have just been admitted to our full-time undergraduate programmes. Perhaps some of you may have mixed feelings about entering a university which is not exactly your dream destination via the JUPAS system. Let me assure you that the OUHK is the right place that allows you to develop and succeed, both intellectually and personally. Aside from the knowledge and learning experience provided by the University, the key to a rich, fruitful and rewarding university life is to build up one’s self-confidence. You may be surprised to learn that, among the 80,000 participants in HKDSE, only some 20%—including yourselves—succeeded in securing a university place. For this reason, you should be confident in your abilities and grateful for this opportunity as you progress through your studies, as you have an incredibly bright future ahead of you.
Secondly, I am excited to share with you an exciting piece of news from the government about the launch of the new Study Subsidy Scheme for Designated Professions. The OUHK has been granted 350 out of the 1,000 total available places allocated to the five self-financing institutions, which demonstrates the government’s recognition of the quality of our full-time programmes.
This time good news comes in twos. The other piece of good news is that the Research Grants Council has just completed the 2014–15 evaluation exercises of the Competitive Research Funding Schemes for the local self-financing degree sector, and the OUHK has been granted nearly $18 million for a total of 12 research projects. Universities are places where knowledge is both created and transmitted, and we believe that knowledge generated through research can enhance the quality of our teaching. The new research fund will give fresh impetus to the University in strengthening its research endeavours. More details about this scheme will be featured in the next issue of Openlink.
In June of this year, the University management held a 3-day retreat with the aim of building consensus on actions to be adopted in accordance with 2013–2022 Strategic Plan. In the future, I will report here from time to time regarding our concrete plans and progress.
Finally, let me appeal to all colleagues, students and alumni to take part in the 25th Anniversary Banquet, as such anniversary banquets are only held once every five years, so treasure this great opportunity for the OUHK family to gather together. I look forward to seeing you and sharing these precious moments with all of you.