HKBU raises more than HK$46 million for Jao Tsung-I Academy of Sinology
08 Oct 2013
Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) held a fundraising dinner yesterday (7 October) to raise funds to support the scholarly activities, teaching and research of the Hong Kong Baptist University Jao Tsung-I Academy of Sinology (BUJAS) established in January 2013. Twelve works of art generously donated by Professor Jao Tsung-i to the University were auctioned at the dinner. The event raised more than HK$46 million for the Academy, with over HK$28 million coming from the charity auction.
Officiating guests included Mrs. Carrie Lam, Chief Secretary for Administration, HKSAR Government; Mr. Wang Zhimin, Deputy Director, Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the HKSAR; Professor Jao Tsung-i, Honorary Permanent Director of BUJAS; Dr. Simon Suen, Co-Chairman, Organising Committee, Fundraising Dinner for BUJAS; Professor Albert Chan, HKBU President and Vice-Chancellor and Co-Chairman, Organising Committee, Fundraising Dinner for BUJAS; and Mr. Wong Ting-chung on behalf of the Vice-Chairmen, Organising Committee, Fundraising Dinner for BUJAS.
Mrs. Carrie Lam praised Professor Jao Tsung-i who is hailed as the “Great Master of Chinese Classical Studies” for his contribution to higher education and the promotion of academic development. She said Professor Jao is a world-renowned sinologist whose excellent contribution has made Hong Kong one of the significant bases for promoting Chinese culture. HKBU established BUJAS for the purpose of cultivating sinologists with global vision who would inherit Professor Jao’s scholarly work and promote traditional Chinese culture.
Professor Jao Tsung-i encapsulated his feelings by employing the Chinese word for “heart”. He thanked HKBU for running BUJAS with heart, dedication, perseverance and confidence. He hoped the guests at the fundraising dinner would show their loving hearts, so that everybody would be happy and he would be relieved.
Dr. Simon Suen referred to Professor Jao’s statement that the 21st century was the age for Chinese culture to go West and when China would embark on its road to “cultural renaissance”. He said BUJAS would serve as a bridge linking Chinese culture to the world and help to promote cultural exchange, raising the international status of Chinese culture.
Professor Albert Chan said national treasure is even harder to gain than money. Owning a work of art by Professor Jao not only represents the possession of a work of art that is in the class of national treasure but also is a reflection of the owner’s good taste. In addition, the charitable act also helps support the development of BUJAS and contributes to the development of Chinese culture. He thanked the guests on behalf of the University community and BUJAS colleagues.
Mr. Wong Ting-chung said the business sector and academic sector had a long history of mutual partnership. He hoped the guests would earnestly bid for Professor Jao’s art works to support the development of BUJAS and contribute to the renaissance of Chinese culture.
At the dinner, Mr. Lam Cheung-chuen, Chairman of Sun Tin Lun Holdings Limited, and Mrs. Lam donated HK$5 million and Miss Elizabeth Law, Managing Director of Park Hotel Property Management Limited, donated HK$5 million to support the development of BUJAS.
HKBU Jao Tsung-I Academy of Sinology, the first of its kind in Hong Kong, was established for the purpose of understanding and preserving Chinese cultural heritage through focused research supplemented by teaching. The Academy was named after Professor Jao Tsung-i, a world-renowned master in Chinese classical studies, who also serves as its honorary permanent director.