We take pride in the outstanding achievements of our students in many fields. At the same time, we cultivate our community of alumni who have achieved outstanding successes in society.

Encouraging and Recognising Excellence

New page in Nobel history

Renowned novelist Mo Yan was named as the first-ever Chinese Nobel Laureate of Literature in October 2012. The OUHK conferred an Honorary Doctor of Letters honoris causa on him in 2005, in recognition of his mastery of the art of storytelling and his courage in describing life in rural China. The University takes great pride in the success of this ‘family member’.

Silver screen sensations

Riley Leung, a student in the Bachelor of Arts with Honours in the Creative Writing and Film Arts Programme, has garnered a great deal of praise for his work in the past two years. His short film Remains won a Silver Award at the 2012 California Film Awards (California Film Competition Category) last December. As the film’s director and screenwriter, Riley had already received the Best Script Award (Student Division) in the Fresh Wave 2011 International Short Film Festival and Special Jury Recognition at the South West London International Film Festival. In February, his documentary, More than Ice-cream - Wong Kwong, received both the Grand Award and Best Documentary Award - Gold in the 6th Hong Kong Mobile Film Festival. The same film previously won a Silver Award at the 2012 Taipei International Digital Content Awards and a Prize of Effort at the 14th DigiCon6 Animation and Movie Awards in Tokyo.

Outstanding academic records

During the year, 120 OUHK students and graduates received scholarships and awards totalling HK$3.96 million under the Hong Kong SAR Government’s Self-financing Post-secondary Scholarship Scheme.

Mobile application earns award

Full-time Computing student Solomon Tam Sze-wah and his teammate won a Bronze Award in the 2012 Smartphone Application Development Contest (Open and Tertiary Education Category), which was co-organised by the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups and the University of Hong Kong. They designed a smartphone application to encourage good deeds among youngsters by enabling volunteers to contact and offer a helping hand to people in the community.

Making the winning moves

His project to invent a robot that plays Chinese chess earned full-time Computing student Ng Pui-lam the Project Creativity Prize in the 2012 IEEE Project Competition. The robot allows elderly people to play chess on a real chessboard using any chess-playing software, and even with friends via the Internet. The competition was co-organised by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Macau Branch and the University of Macau.

Write on the mark

Two full-time Computing students have been honoured for their skills in writing academic papers. Tse Hau-ting won the 2011 IEEE Hong Kong Section (Undergraduate) Student Paper Contest with his paper on the local minimum problem in machine learning algorithms. Dennis Tsui Siu-fung co-authored a paper on mobile learning that received an Excellent Paper Award at the 2012 International Conference on ICT in Teaching and Learning.

Sustainable success

A paper entitled ‘Green and Sustainable Initiatives on Hong Kong University Campuses’ garnered Lee Wing-hang, a Master of Science student in the Safety, Occupational Health and Environmental Management programme, a certificate of merit in the Environmental Paper Award presented by the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers - Environmental Division.

Accounting acclaim

Li Hiu-wah, a student from the Bachelor of Professional Accounting with Honours programme, scored the highest mark in Paper II of the Professional Bridging Examination of the Hong Kong Institute of Accredited Accounting Technicians in June 2012.

Admirable ambassador

Full-time BBA student Yeung Sze-ki received an outstanding project award in the Hong Kong Young Ambassador Scheme 2011-12, which was jointly organised by the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups and the Tourism Commission.

Maths mavens

Lai Ying-ho, Lau King-chi and Chong Ka-fung, three students of the Statistics and Mathematical Studies distance learning programme, won second prize in the 2012 Contemporary Undergraduate Mathematical Contest in Modeling, in which they competed against 17,741 other teams from universities in Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, the United States and mainland China.

Successful bid

Kwong Kan-lam, Yeung Yan-ting and Cheung Ka-yau, three post-graduate Computing students took third place in the IBM Mainframe Programming Contest held in Beijing for their business system which facilitates bidding for advertising slots with smartphones.

Nursing noble ideals

Full-time Nursing student Au Yeung Man-ting was awarded the Annual HKAUW Undergraduate Scholarship 2011-12 by the Hong Kong Association of University Women (HKAUW). The scholarship recognised her outstanding academic performance and community service.

Nurturing safety in nursing

A team of 10 Nursing students won a Best Project Award 2012 from the Occupational Safety and Health Council for their Survey of Compliance with Standard Precautions among Nurses and Nursing Students in Hong Kong Hospitals. Some of their findings were also published in the International Journal of Infectious Diseases and presented at the 15th International Congress on Infectious Diseases held in Bangkok in June 2012.

Height of fashion

Inspired by the costumes of China’s ethnic minorities and natural resources, Cher Chan, a student in the Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Fashion programme, won first prize in the Society of Dyers and Colourists International Design Competition (Hong Kong region).

Night lights

‘Colours of the Night’, a solo photography exhibition by LiPACE’s Professional Diploma in Commercial Photography programme graduate Tam Cheung-hang, was held at the Metro Art Gallery in the Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre in December 2012. The exhibit showed how he uses light, shadow and different angles to explore various effects of night photography.

Outside the Classroom Walls

Academic and cultural exchanges

Learning on the mainland

Two groups consisting of 29 student teachers from the School of Education and Languages joined study tours organised by the Education Bureau to Beijing Normal University and East China Normal University during April 2012.

Fostering financial talent

Full-time Banking and Finance student Chui Cheok-fang and Accounting student Lam Lai-fong were among 22 outstanding representatives from nine local universities chosen to join the Pilot Scheme for Cross-border Study Tours for Post-secondary Financial Talents in June 2012.

Young global citizens

Four full-time OUHK students were among 30 representatives from local universities who were selected to join the 2012 Global Citizenship Programme held in New York in June 2012.

Exchanging cultural aptitudes

Six full-time OUHK students who are talented in music, dance, sports, drama or the performing arts were chosen to participate in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Youth Cultural Exchange Programme held in Macau, Guangdong and Fujian in July 2012.

Youth Exchange Programme

Melody Lee Wing-tung from the School of Education and Languages was among 15 Hong Kong students with outstanding academic and community-service records who were picked to join the International Youth Exchange Programme 2012-13 in Kagoshima, Japan, during August 2013.

Serving the community

The meaning of life and death

Seventy-two full-time students gained a deeper understanding of the value and meaning of life and death when they joined a volunteer experience programme organised by the Hong Kong Lutheran Social Service - Student Counselling Service (OUHK) in May 2012. After hospital training, the students provided voluntary service to terminal cancer patients.

Sight-saving sprint

Council Chairman Dr Eddy C Fong and Head of Finance Mr Santiago Chuen led more than 50 students and staff members in the Lifeline Express Charity Run/Walk 2012 to raise funds for cataract operations for underprivileged patients in China during November 2012.

Building bridges

A team of 47 OUHK staff members and students joined the Intervarsity Charity Walk: Wu Zhi Xing 2012 in November last year. Led by our President, Prof. John C Y Leong, they raised funds for the Wu Zhi Qiao (Bridge to China) Charitable Foundation’s bridge-building projects in remote areas of China.

Training tomorrow’s leaders

A total of 36 full-time students enhanced their leadership, self-awareness, communication and problem-solving skills by participating in a series of Leadership Training Programmes organised by the Hong Kong Lutheran Social Service - Student Counselling Service (OUHK) between October and November 2012. These included a training camp, workshops, and voluntary service to help the elderly and the underprivileged.

Providing voluntary nursing service

About 20 Nursing students volunteered to provide health education services and assessments at the Angel of Diabetic organisation’s World Diabetes Day Carnival and a camp for diabetes patients, held in November and December 2012 respectively. Another dozen Nursing students were invited by the Hong Kong Stoma Association to offer free body check-ups for elderly people at the Hospital Authority in March.

Connecting with Alumni

Sharing knowledge

The Alumni Affairs Office of the Public Affairs Unit arranged a programme of well-attended talks to bring our alumni together during the past year.

It began with three talks on health topics in May and June 2012. Dr Duncan Ho Hung-kwong, Specialist in Cardiology at the Hong Kong Sanatorium and Hospital; Dr the Hon Leung Kalau, Legislative Council Member (Medical) and former Senior Medical Officer of the Department of Surgery at Prince of Wales Hospital; and Dr Dominic Lee Tak-shing, a Psychiatry specialist, spoke on heart disease, colon cancer and addictive behaviour, respectively.

In a further series of talks during October 2012, three alumni and Honorary Professor Dr David Lee Ka-yan shared their insights about subjects related to their professions. The alumni were Mr Steve Cheng Chun-fai, General Manager (Operations) of Fung Seng Enterprises Limited; Ms Lau Pui-yi, a Nursing Officer in the Department of Clinical Oncology of Tuen Mun Hospital; and Ms Chang Suet-ying, Principal of the C.C.C. Kei Wa Primary School (Kowloon Tong).

During a presentation entitled ‘The Experience of Suffering and the Pursuit of Happiness’ in January, Counsel and accredited mediator Stephen Cha shared his own experience about how to turn suffering into happiness.

Raising the roof

The newly opened roof garden of the Ho Man Tin Campus was the venue of an alumni party in July 2012. This served as an opportunity for alumni to get together and strengthen the links with their alma mater. It was also an occasion for our President, senior staff members of the OUHK and alumni to have a good chat. Besides enjoying drinks and snacks, the participants were entertained by the melodious sounds of the OUHK Orchestra, and addressed on the OUHK New College project. The event also raised more than HK$150,000 towards the ‘Name a Desk’ fundraising campaign in support of the development of the New College.

Establishing alumni groups

The University encourages graduates to form their own alumni groups. Two new alumni associations - the China Law Alumni Association and Christian Fellowship Alumni Association - were established in the past year.

Visiting Guangdong manufacturers

Seventy-four participants visited Lee Kum Kee’s manufacturing base in Xinhui and Kidstar Candy and Toy Manufacturing Co., Ltd in Zhaoqing during the Elite Two-day Study Tour in Guangdong, which was co-organised by the MBA Association and the Alumni Affairs Office last September.

Proving their Putonghua proficiency

The first OUHK Putonghua Recitation Contest provided alumni and students with a platform to exchange and enhance their skills in Putonghua recitation. Nearly 30 contestants competed for awards in the poetry and prose divisions. Organised by the Putonghua Association (Alumni) and co-sponsored by the Alumni Affairs Office, the event was held in January.