Essential to the OUHK spirit is the act of striving, which springs from the belief that what is worth doing, is worth doing well. This year, heroic efforts to achieve have once again been evident across the University, in areas as diverse as the laboratory, the examination hall, and the sports field. This chapter highlights only a few examples of this OUHK spirit, which time and again has delivered success and recognition for students and staff alike.

OUHK film in the running at Golden Horse Awards

The OUHK has completed another year of remarkable achievement in creative arts, as testified by a raft of awards and recognitions for student output in various creative fields. Film has emerged as an area of special strength for the University. Following the previous year’s success for OUHK students at the prestigious Golden Horse Awards in Taiwan, once again this year an OUHK trio — Chan Kwun-chung, Chang See-wan and Wong Tsz-yin, graduates of the Animation and Visual Effects programme — were nominated for the Best Animated Short Film category at the awards. Their film, Kin’s Hair, traces some of the challenges faced by Hong Kong people over the past 20 years; its warm humour won over audiences and led to it winning the Animation category Gold Award at the 24th ifva Awards (Incubator for Film and Visual Media in Asia), and placing among nine award-winning shorts in the third Sundance Film Festival: Hong Kong Short Film Competition. The film was also nominated for the South Award at the South Taiwan Film Festival 2018.

Two films make their marks at DigiCon6 Asia

Kin’s Hair was also selected for the Next Generation Award at the 20th DigiCon6 Asia hosted by TBS Television, where another OUHK short movie, Largo from Winter, also gained notable recognition. Produced by three graduates of the 2018 Animation and Visual Effects programme, Hon Yik-shing, Dicken Leung Tik-kan and So Chi-hong, this 2D animated short film recounts the story of young musicians who have to fight hard to achieve their dreams. It was awarded a Certificate in Digital Creativity.

Animation start-up wins substantial funding

Each year, the Hong Kong Digital Entertainment Association Animation Support Programme (ASP) offers funding to selected animation start-ups to help their founders turn creativity into business reality. In March 2018, three OUHK graduates of the Animation and Visual Effects programme — Cheng Ka-chun, Cheng Kam-wai and Lam Shan-mei — were granted a subsidy worth HK$105,000 under ASP, in support of their start-up Crow Picture Creations. The funding enabled them to produce an animated film Rabbit and Bear which went on to win a Merit Award from the organizer. Another OUHK team also won funding from the ASP for their short animated work titled The Swing.

Show of film talents in promotional shorts

OUHK filmmakers also stood out in various specialist competitions. In a microfilm competition organized by Kwai Chung Hospital entitled A Mind Journey, Wong Yuen-ching, Wong Sze, Lee Chi-fung, Ng Tsz-ching and Cheung Yi-wai from the University’s Cinematic Design and Photographic Digital Art programme took out the Gold Award in the Open category for their short film about mental health. A student video contest organized by Murine, an eye-drops brand, saw OUHK teams take second and third places for their contributions. Three members of the second-placing team, Leung Kai-lun, Pang Ka-yee and Lam Tse-ying, also participated in a video contest organized by Wanchai Ferry, a dumpling brand. They won second prize and took home a cash prize of HK$30,000 for their efforts!

Accolades for campaign proposals

The OUHK’s Creative Advertising and Media Design programme has celebrated another strong year, with various groups of its students snaffling prestigious awards for their work. Ho Kai-yan, Lee Man-wai and Tang Tsz-yan took part in the HK4As Students’ Award 2018, their entry being a proposal called ‘MindDropping’ that integrated the benefits of mobile app, social media and outdoor advertising channels to promote mental health awareness more widely. The trio came away with a Silver Award for their innovative ideas.

Seven students from the same programme, in collaboration with team members from other institutions, took part in the MTR Advertising: Innovate Festival Creative Contest 2018, designed to channel new creative concepts for MTR advertising. The energetic participants came up with concepts that brought in an impressive haul of one Gold Award and three Merit Awards! The Gold Award project, ‘FeelECCO’ by OUHK student Anthony Chau Chung-yin and a teammate, went on display at MTR Central Station in November 2018 for all to admire.

Design works exhibited at joint-city show

Yet another group of students from the Creative Advertising and Media Design programme rolled up their sleeves to create artwork based on the theme of ‘mutuality’, and 15 of these themed pieces were selected for display in the HK-SZ Design Twin-Cities 2018: Mutuality Graphic and Multimedia Exhibition, jointly organized by the Shenzhen City Design Promotion Association and the Hong Kong Federation of Design Associations.

Double success for OUHK wordsmith

Every year, hundreds of young aspiring writers from Hong Kong and overseas submit their best work to Hong Kong’s Youth Literary Awards in the hope of achieving recognition. In this highly competitive environment, OUHK Chinese programme graduate Wong Kwo came away with not one but two awards — taking the First Runner-up Award in the Prose Category (Senior) for his piece ‘A gou’ [Dog], as well as a Merit Award in the Fiction Category (Senior) for his story ‘Xue qing shan’ [Sunny Snow Mountain]. Both these works will shortly be published in a collection of the award-winning pieces from the competition.

OUHK students rise to challenge of the Challenge Cup

The OUHK places just as much importance on its students learning to think creatively and independently as it does on pure knowledge acquisition. Such thinking skills paid off for the OUHK students who teamed up to compete in this year’s Challenge Cup Hong Kong Regional Final, where they turned on a best-ever performance by the University and collected a record nine awards, including — for the first time ever — a First-Class Award. This triumph was achieved by Nong Shirong, Yuen Shuk-ying, Sun Kwai-chu and Lam Man-yi from the Bachelor of Science with Honours in Applied Science (Biology and Chemistry) programme, with their project on the use of spirulina gel fertilizer in a LED-lighting hydroponic system. Other OUHK teams between them accumulated four Third-Class Awards and four Merit Awards.

Among the Third-Class Award winners, Daly Choy King-kan, Ng Chunnam, Sung Yuen-ting, Wong Pun-yin and Yeung Hoi-kit from the Lee Shau Kee School of Business and Administration took their business proposal — for an NFC (near field communication) watch designed to help develop language abilities in very young children — to two national competitions associated with the Cup. At the fourth China ‘Internet+’ College Students Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition, they won a Bronze Award for their proposal, and later took Silver at the 2018 China College Students’ Entrepreneurship Competition.

Two OUHK teams successfully pitch for Dare to Change

Two teams of OUHK students had strong runs at the Young Entrepreneurs Development Council’s ‘Dare to Change’ Business Pitch Competition, each reaching the final round and earning themselves Certificates of Excellence for their smart entrepreneurial ideas. In addition, the outstanding presentation skills of one of the teams — ‘Jobegin’ featuring Lam Tsz-leong and Kwok Kin-fai — earned them the Best Young Startup Award and a cash prize of HK$15,000.

Social enterprise internships bring room to blossom

The Citi-HKCSS Community Intern Programme, aimed at encouraging students to contribute their knowledge and expertise to local non-profit organizations by taking part in internships, took on 22 OUHK Business students in 2018. Hui See-yan, an intern at social enterprise restaurant Gingko House, and Lee Hiu-kuen, who interned at the Caring for Children Foundation, were awarded Grand Awards for Excellence for their contributions to the programme, in a testimony to their outstanding efforts on behalf of the social good.

A test of champions

The quality of Engineering graduates produced by the OUHK’s Testing and Certification programme was confirmed during the year, with OUHK graduates taking out top prizes in major competitions. Graduates Law Siu-ki and Sze Wing-hin submitted their design for a testing machine for writing implements to two competitions, winning overall first place in both of them. They were the Student Project Competition (organized by the Manufacturing and Industrial Division of the Hong Kong Institute of Engineers), and the Young Professionals Exhibition & Competition 2018 (organized by the Younger Members Section of the Institution of Engineering and Technology Hong Kong). Particularly impressive was the fact that their winning design, which can test up to ten writing instruments simultaneously, costs almost 100 times less than the price of current testing machines available in the market.

Meanwhile, another OUHK graduate team made up of Cheung Cheuk-hin, Kwok Chun-bong and Man Yuen-ting took away the Outstanding Award (Under-graduate/Sub-degree Category) in the Control, Automation & Instrumentation Paper Award Competition organized by the Hong Kong Institute of Engineers and co-organized by the Institute of Measurement and Control, Hong Kong Section. The award was based on the graduates’ final year project, ‘Robotic Application on Crocking Test’, which proposed new crockmeter features for enhancing the testing of the safety and quality of textiles and clothing.

Competition kudos for OUHK app developers

Not to be outdone by their Engineering colleagues, teams of OUHK Computing students also achieved outstanding results in various local and international competitions. At the 2018 Pan-Pearl River Delta Region IT Project Competition, Fan Chiu-yin, Leung Yu-ho and Tian Yujia from the OUHK’s Computing programme presented an entry titled ‘Safety Awareness and Firefighting Skills Learning through Virtual Reality’ which took them right through to the final and earned them a First Class Award. The trio then took their app project to the Asia Pacific Information and Communications Technology Alliance Awards 2018, where they achieved a Merit Award in the face of 260 other teams competing in the Tertiary Student Project category.

Another three students, Chan Tsz-kwan, Chuk Ming-chun and Poon Ming-chun, joined with a Hong Kong Baptist University colleague in the Classified Post Hackathon organized by the South China Morning Post, winning the champion’s spot in the insurance category and a cash prize of HK$8,000. Within the 24-hour limit, the team analyzed given Application Programming Interface (API) datasets and built a digital role-playing game to help promote the image of the insurance industry.

Young computer engineers show ingenuity in algorithm research

Taking out a Merit Prize at the Inter-institutional Competition on Facility Management Project Presentation 2018, organized by the International Facility Management Association Hong Kong Chapter, was OUHK Computer Engineering student Mok Hoi-tak. His ambitious project was titled ‘Design and Development of a Facial Recognition Algorithm for Access Control’. At the same time, two of his Computing colleagues made a mark in competitions organized by the IEEE Hong Kong Computational Intelligence Chapter. Year 4 student Chan Yin-hei came second in the Final Year Project Competition, with his paper on attempts to enhance the emotion encoding ability in human-computer conversation, while MPhil student Tony Tam Hiu-hin placed second in the Postgraduate Paper Contest, for his paper on multi-objective evolutionary clustering algorithms for time-evolving data.

Smart use of technology in business

Two OUHK students joined to compete in the second Computational Finance Competition (co-organized by Global eSolutions (HK) Limited and the IEEE Hong Kong Computational Intelligence Chapter). Chan Ching-hsiang, majoring in Finance, and Chan Ka-yan, majoring in Internet Technology, were able to blend their strengths to develop a computer trading programme that uses mathematical models to predict local stock market trends. The duo scooped the title of Best Overall Return Champion, as well as taking first runner-up position for the Best Risk-Adjusted Return. The awards were partly based on the financial benefits of their submissions.

For the HKEIA Innovation & Technology Project Competition 2018, Year 4 Computer Engineering student Chiu Chung-hai submitted his work on ‘Development of Image Feature Extraction and Pattern Rendering Techniques for a Chocolate Printer’. In the somewhat specialist field of chocolate printing, his ideas proved to be winners — leading not only to the receipt of a Merit Award in the competition but also a cash prize of HK$3,000.

OUHK Nursing students impress in major conferences

Four OUHK Nursing students took details of their research findings to the sixth Annual International Conference on Worldwide Nursing held in Singapore, where they shared their team’s work on the practice of adult users in inserting and removing daily disposable soft contact lenses. Impressively, the OUHK paper was judged to be one of two winners in the Best Student Paper Award, standing out for its perceptive analysis and excellent presentation. At the Community Health Conference 2018, another group of nine Nursing students presented their researching findings on the relationship between the stigma surrounding dementia and patients’ health-seeking intentions, and were commended by an Outstanding Paper Award.

More scholarship records broken

Under the Government’s Self-financing Post-secondary Scholarship Scheme, which recognizes academically strong as well as multi-talented students, the OUHK achieved new records both for number of recipients (805) and for the total scholarship amount awarded (over HK$13 million). Of the 805 students, 180 received Talent Development Scholarships recognizing their potential in areas over and above their academic studies. A further 386 students received Reaching Out Awards, which help broaden students’horizons by providing funding for international field trips, internships and external courses.

Scholarship successes for tranche of top students

Under the prestigious HSBC Scholarship Awards Programme for 2018, five OUHK students were shortlisted and between them won HK$190,000 in scholarship support for their studies. HSBC Scholarships are awarded on the basis of outstanding academic achievement combined with community service. Winning the HSBC Hong Kong Scholarships were Sit King-laam, majoring in Professional Accounting, Fung Hiu-ying, studying Applied Chinese Language Studies, and Chung Wing-lam, studying General Health Care Nursing; while the recipients of HSBC Vocational Education Scholarships were Ng Yuan-chun and Yim Chak-kwan, both taking a Higher Diploma in Nursing Studies (General Health Care).

ACCA exams see OUHK duo rise to the top

Following in the OUHK’s long tradition of strong Accounting results, in November 2018 two graduates attended a celebration reception for the exceptional results they achieved in the ACCA’s 2017 examinations. Chan Tsz-man was a Hong Kong ‘top ten’ student in terms of aggregate score in the ACCA Professional Level examinations, receiving a ‘Top Affiliate’ award, while Marketing graduate Lee Wing-tat gained the highest score in the Advanced Financial Management paper and received the ‘Top Score Winner’ award in recognition of the achievement.

HR student wins scholarship and job shadowing position

Addressing the question posed as part of this year’s competition for the Human Capital Management Society scholarship presented by the Hong Kong Management Association, Year 4 Business Management student Jenna Fung Man-hau not only won the first runner-up prize overall but also took away the Best Presentation Award. Her well-written and professionally presented essay in response to the question ‘As a young HR professional, how do you contribute to harness opportunities in organizations for Hong Kong’s competitiveness?’ brought her a scholarship and the opportunity to take part in a one-day job shadowing programme led by a senior HR professional.

Sporting prowess on display at invitation event

At this year’s Hang Seng Management College Sports Invitation Game, which brought together teams from eight Hong Kong institutions to compete in badminton, basketball and volleyball, the OUHK representatives put in their usual strong performances. Highlights included three silver medals for OUHK teams, and one bronze. Outstanding basketball player Tham Chun-yee also took out the Men’s Scoring Champion Award for his scoring prowess. Apart from skills and strength, OUHK athletes have been held in high esteem for their sportsmanship. At the futsal invitational under the Tin Ka Ping Sports Cup, the University’s five-member team received the Sportsmanship Award, set up to promote fair play and perseverance.

OUHK’s sustainability commitment reaps awards

The OUHK is determined to remain at the forefront of green development as it expands its campus facilities. Having already been recognized for its Jockey Club Campus, it is delighted that the new OUHK Jockey Club Institute of Healthcare project has attained a Provisional Platinum rating under the ‘BEAM Plus Version 1.2 for New Buildings’ assessment recognized by the Hong Kong Green Building Council and BEAM Society Limited — a rating that indicates that the building has achieved the highest level of sustainability.

Honours for excellence in communications

The University’s quarterly Openlink publication enjoys a wide readership among students, alumni, and friends of the OUHK. Much effort is put into ensuring the publication is well designed, interesting and readable, and this effort reaped very literal rewards when one issue — for December 2017 — won an Honours Award in the ‘Magazine’ category for non-profit organizations in the Astrid Awards 2018. The Astrid Awards are highly regarded annual awards recognizing creativity and skill in design presented by MerComm Inc. Later, the University entered its new ‘Go Further’ video in the ‘DVD/online’ category of MerComm’s Mercury Awards, and won a Gold Award under the ‘Corporate Identity’ classification.

OUHK recognized as Financial Education Champion

Hong Kong’s Investor Education Centre regularly hands out Financial Education Champion Awards, which recognize people, companies and institutions that contribute significant efforts towards promoting financial education to the general public. In 2018, the OUHK’s LiPACE received one of these awards, a testimony to the great work it has been doing in raising consciousness and understanding of finance and investment, especially by running an annual MPF seminar at which experts offer advice on retirement plans and global investment trends. LiPACE was one of only two awardees from Hong Kong’s tertiary sector.