The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) officially welcomes all new students to the University today.
HKUST President Tony F Chan says at the University Welcome ceremony that HKUST aims to provide every student with a holistic education, and that apart from acquiring knowledge, students should also take part in various extracurricular activities, as well as establish fruitful relationships with professors and other students.
President Chan said that this year, the ratio of non-local undergraduate students at HKUST has risen to 16%, of which half is from the Mainland and half is from overseas.
He also said that while he was deeply saddened by the recent hostage incident in the Philippines, he also sensed that out of this tragedy, the community has become closer and stronger. "This event shows HK's core value of justice, value of life, sense of community and care of fellow citizens. These are universal values that any global leader should possess and that we at HKUST strive to instill in you," he said.
President Chan partnered with Mr Johnny Ho, Nominated President of HKUST Students' Union also demonstrated the use of the Moxi Chinese calligraphy software by writing a Chinese couplet "Integrating into HKUST; Facing the World". Moxi was developed by an HKUST PhD graduate and had been used in the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics.
Also attending the University Welcome were Provost Prof Wei Shyy, Vice-President for Administration and Business Prof Yuk Shan Wong, Acting Vice-President for Research and Development Prof Matthew Yuen, Acting Dean of Science Prof Michael Loy, Dean of Engineering Prof Khaled Ben Letaief, Dean of Business and Management Prof Leonard Cheng, Dean of Humanities and Social Science Prof James Lee, Dean of Undergraduate Studies Prof Kar Yan Tam, and HKUST Students' Union nominated President Mr Johnny Ho.
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