Donne’s famous line ‘No man is an island’ applies just as aptly to the OUHK as to individuals. From its foundation, the OUHK has been busy building bridges — with other academic institutions, with the Government, with business and industry groups, and with the wider community. The outcome is a University that is connected to the world at multiple levels, from global to local, as shown by the stories collected in this chapter.
Expanding horizons by sharing culture and ideas
Art and culture for all
Following a very positive response to the OUHK’s participation in Ink Global 2017, a batch of OUHK Creative Arts students were again invited to participate in the second edition of the show, Ink Global 2018. There they were tasked with bringing to life a range of traditional and modern Chinese ink paintings using their animation skills. Their creative efforts were first showcased at the Silk Road (Dunhuang) International Cultural Expo, before going on display at the Hong Kong Central Library for the public to admire and enjoy. Then, in 2019, a number of short films and animations by students from the same Department were selected for Saturday screenings in a programme called ‘MOVIE11 × OUHK Screening of Student Films & Animations’. The screenings, a collaboration between the OUHK and K11 Art Mall, gave viewers a chance to experience and be inspired by some of the visual creativity emanating from the University.
Riding on the Japan Autumn Festival, which ran in Hong Kong from October to December, LiPACE hosted a number of events in conjunction with the Consulate-General of Japan in Hong Kong. These included a lecture on and demonstration of Japan’s most famous garment, the kimono, by the LiPACE External Advisor for Japanese Studies, Mr Nobuaki Tomita, a ‘Japan Suki! Suki!’ Fair focusing on the agricultural produce and cultural products of Japan’s Shiga Prefecture, and a film screening and forum that drew attention to unexpected cultural links between Japan and Turkey. The last event included a discussion hosted by Dr Agnes Chan, UNICEF Regional Ambassador and LiPACE Honorary Advisor.
Meeting challenges with a combination of mind and heart
One of the most pressing issues facing Hong Kong is how to deal with the current heavy burden on the public healthcare system. The OUHK is playing its part through its contributions to Hong Kong’s primary healthcare needs. This year, for the fourth year, it ran the Jockey Club Home Health Watch Programme, sponsored by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust. The programme gives volunteers the skills they need to support people in their home and neighbourhood environments, in particular the elderly and those suffering from chronic illnesses, through nine months of training. This year, over 300 volunteers from across the city took part. Their efforts culminated in a graduation ceremony in July 2018, timed to coincide with the University’s Community Healthcare Day. The Jockey Club Home Health Watch Programme has resulted in the OUHK’s School of Nursing and Health Studies becoming a certificated member of the Jockey Club Age-Friendly City Partnership Scheme.
Recognizing the housing challenges facing Hong Kong’s population — and especially its younger generation — as a result of the shortage of land for building, the School of Arts and Social Sciences took the initiative in June 2018 to set up a seminar aimed at generating ideas and insights specifically from young people. Titled ‘Land for the young — An exchange with youths’, the seminar brought together university and secondary school students, youth workers from social service organizations, along with Government representatives and OUHK alumni. The seminar proved an excellent forum for the young participants, with many voicing their views in response to an initial address by Mr Stanley Wong Yuen-fai, Chairman of the Task Force on Land Supply, on the work of the Task Force and the difficulties it faced.
Giving time to community service
OUHK students continued to seek actively for opportunities to serve the community during the year. Fifteen students from the Cinematic Design and Photographic Digital Art programme were commissioned by the Pioneer Centre to turn piggy-banks into works of art for a Chinese New Year art jamming charity event, with all funds raised from the event being donated to Plan International Hong Kong. In the Citibank-HKCSS Community Intern Programme, open to nine local universities, a record number of 22 OUHK students secured places, working in pairs as interns at various local non-profit organizations where they were able to contribute their business knowledge over the summer. A total of 21 students also participated in volunteer internships all over the world, visiting countries that included Brazil, Colombia, Egypt, India, Italy, Morocco, Nepal, Poland, Romania and Sri Lanka, while a number of service teams went to the mainland to deliver much-needed services and teaching in remote areas of Guangdong and Yunnan. Throughout the year, Nursing students teamed up with NGOs to make regular visits to elderly people living alone, as well as offering simple health check-ups for members of local communities. Finally, as part of the OUHK anniversary events, the School of Arts and Social Sciences organized a special 30-hour Famine in support of World Vision in February 2019.
LiPACE provides corporate training to Immigration staff
With its experience in running professional programmes, LiPACE has built a strong reputation for tailored and client-centred corporate training. In 2018, LiPACE was entrusted by the Immigration Department with the task of providing three separate QF-accredited training programmes for its staff. Designed to enhance the professional skills of Immigration Assistants, the programmes lead to award of the Professional Diploma in Immigration Services and Control, the Professional Certificate in Preparatory Management in Immigration Services and Control, and the Professional Certificate in Frontline Management in Immigration Services and Control. The first tranches of 154 trainees graduated in August.
Donations drive the OUHK onward and upward
Overwhelming generosity pushes new IOH ahead
Much has happened in the shape and look of the OUHK’s expanding campus in the past 12 months, and a great deal of the new developments have been the result of generous donations from charitable foundations. In 2018, the Kadoorie Charitable Foundation donated HK$10 million towards the University’s new Jockey Club Institute of Healthcare, one of the largest donations from any single donor towards this project. Following this munificence came a donation of HK$20 million from three philanthropists closely associated with the University: Court Members Dr Edward Cheung Wing-yui and Dr Peter Lee Kwok-wah, and Court and Council Member Dr Gerald Siu Chi-shing. This total, made up of HK$10 million from Mr Lee and HK$5 million each from Dr Cheung and Dr Siu, has also been earmarked for the Jockey Club Institute of Healthcare project.
Such individual generosity was not a one-off. Later in the year a further donation of HK$15 million was made by two other OUHK Court Members, Dr Eddy C Fong and Dr Vincent Woo Wing-fai, together with Sponsorship and Development Fund Committee Member Mr Matthew Wong Leung-pak. Each donor contributed one third of the total sum.
Further funds arrived for the IOH project from other generous donors. Billion Charity Fund Limited donated HK$3 million, a gift which was recognized by the renaming of the Jockey Club Campus’ physical and mechanical testing and certification laboratory after the donor in January 2019. Meanwhile, the Wu Jieh Yee Charitable Foundation contributed a further HK$15 million, and the Lam Woo Foundation Limited donated HK$5 million.
Record HK$8.3 million in scholarships and bursaries
The OUHK works hard to source scholarships and bursaries for its students to assist them in pursuing their studies and fulfilling their personal aspirations. At the Scholarship and Bursary Awards Presentation in August 2018, a record amount of over HK$8.3 million was presented to 837 students. Of the awards, 463 were scholarships in recognition of students’ academic excellence or improvement, while the remaining 374 were bursaries for students in need of financial support. The amount awarded, and the number of students benefitting, both represented records for the OUHK. Swelling the numbers at the Ceremony were a good proportion of the 805 students who had been awarded Government Self-financing Post-secondary Scholarships.
Tin Ka Ping Foundation continues its fine work
A generous gift of HK$3 million from the Tin Ka Ping Foundation in 2018 enabled the OUHK to set up a new Moral and Chinese Cultural Education Programme. This five-year programme is being run by the OUHK Student Affairs Office, and focuses on the promotion of cultural values and sportsmanship among students. To date, the programme has set up a new Tin Ka Ping Sportsmanship Cup to recognize and promote values of equality, fairness and respect across futsal, basketball and rugby. It has also organized a number of cultural activities, including a cheongsam talk and exhibition series with the OUHK Tin Ka Ping Centre of Chinese Culture, workshops on tea tasting, calligraphy, paper-cutting and lantern-making, and tours exploring local heritage. Only a few months later, the Ting Ka Ping Foundation supplemented their original donation with a further gift of HK$5 million, to be used for new initiatives at the OUHK Tin Ka Ping Centre of Chinese Culture. One of these will be a new ‘Artists-Creative-ArtsStudents Crossover’ programme aimed at fostering collaboration between artists, scholars and learners across different Chinese arts.
Mental health initiatives to support those who struggle
Funding was provided to the OUHK by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention, under its special ‘WeCare Fund for Student-Initiated Youth Suicide Prevention Projects’ scheme. Utilizing these funds, a project called ‘Open Care, Open Heart’ was set up by 10 students from the Psychology and Creative Writing and Film Arts programmes, advised and co-ordinated by staff from the School of Arts and Social Sciences. Aimed specifically at supporting students struggling with mental health issues, ‘Open Care, Open Heart’ involved a series of activities designed to raise awareness of suicide and suicide prevention among OUHK students.
Campus visits strengthen ties with key stakeholders and partners
The OUHK maintains important links with a wide range of local, regional and international partners, collaborators, stakeholders, and potential partners, and is always delighted to welcome representatives to its campus. This year, with the new Jockey Club Institute of Healthcare under construction, the School of Nursing and Health Studies welcomed visitors from potential chiropractic partner Life University from the US, as well as a delegation from Japan’s Nihon Institute of Medical Science. To maintain strong links with schools, the University also held various visits and campus tours for secondary school principals and careers masters, giving these influential figures an up-to-date glimpse of the OUHK’s programmes and facilities. Mainland visitors included representatives from the Huizhou Youth Federation and the Huizhou Junior Chamber, who toured the new Jockey Club Campus after meeting senior management. In November, the Secretaries for Home Affairs, Labour and Welfare, and Food and Health visited LiPACE’s Kwai Hing Campus to learn more about its healthcare programmes, which are providing much needed training opportunities relevant to Hong Kong. Major donors visiting the University during the year included the Tin Ka Ping Foundation and the Sino-British Fellowship Trust, which gave generous donations in February and March 2019 respectively.