Hong Kong Baptist University Foundation holds 5th Anniversary Dinner
22 Oct 2014
The University yesterday (21 October) held a dinner banquet to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the Hong Kong Baptist University Foundation and to express its heartfelt thanks to donors. Some 130 guests attended the function, including Council and Court members, senior management and staff, Board members and members of the HKBU Foundation as well as supporters of the University.
In his speech, Dr Wilfred Wong, Chairman of the HKBU Foundation, said the University raised HK$381 million in the Sixth Round of the Matching Grant Scheme and secured HK$208 million in matching funds, bringing the total amount raised to HK$589 million. In terms of the total sum received, the University was ranked fourth among the 17 participating tertiary institutions, which was an impressive record. Dr Wong added that the Foundation currently has 500 members and more than HK$1 billion has been raised since 2009. In the past five years, with the support of the Foundation, the University has established a number of projects covering the areas of creativity, sinology and Chinese medicine. Dr Wong thanked the donors for their generosity and hoped that they would continue to give their ardent support to the University.
Professor Albert Chan, President and Vice-Chancellor, introduced the latest development of the University in his address. He said the Jao Tsung-I Academy of Sinology has started some of its research and teaching programmes and published the first issue of The Bulletin of the Jao Tsung-I Academy of Sinology. The Partner State Key Laboratory of Environmental and Biological Analysis (Hong Kong Baptist University), the establishment of which was granted by the Ministry of Science and Technology, was officially unveiled in December 2013. The Laboratory has commenced a number of research projects and its researchers will continue to make good use of this interdisciplinary research platform to promote novel fundamental research and develop new analytical instruments and methods for life science research. Professor Chan added that with the staunch support of the Haimen Municipal Government in Jiangsu Province, the Hong Kong Baptist University (Haimen) Institute of Science and Technology was established on a site of 20,000 square metres in Haimen to nurture talent, conduct innovative research and engage in technology transfer.
In addition, a cheque presentation ceremony was held at the dinner. HKBU recently received a donation pledge of HK$25 million from Miss Elizabeth Law, Managing Director of Park Hotel Property Management Limited, to support the development of the Jao Tsung-I Academy of Sinology and to establish the Endowed Chair of Advanced Materials and the Mainland Students Scholarship Fund. Mr Cheng Yan-kee, Council Chairman, Dr Wilfred Wong and Professor Albert Chan received the donation from Miss Law on behalf of the University.
To enhance the fundraising capabilities and to broaden social networks, HKBU Council approved in December 2008 the establishment of the HKBU Foundation with its operation overseen by a Board of Governors. An Alumni Committee and an Entrepreneur Committee were set up under the Board.