City University of Hong Kong (CityU) named its English Language Centre after Mrs Chan Feng Men-ling and her daughter, Miss Chan Shuk-lin, at a ceremony on 10 October, in appreciation of Mrs Chan’s significant support and contribution to the University. This is the first language centre in local universities dedicated to a philanthropist.
Mrs Chan Feng Men-ling officiated at the ceremony together with Professor Way Kuo, University President, Professor Roderick Wong Sue-cheun, Vice-President (Development and External Relations), and Mrs Fiona Williams, Head of the English Language Centre (ELC).
Mrs Chan is a model of life-long learning. Although she had to quit school at a young age, she completed her secondary school education by studying hard at evening classes after work and acquired knowledge by taking part in various courses and programmes for years.
Mrs Chan is an enthusiastic philanthropist. She has generously donated to various social service organisations over the years for the benefits of the underprivileged. She also shared her experience with students as a mentor of the “Life Mentor Scheme” organised by CityU earlier this year.
The naming of the ELC had a special meaning for Mrs Chan. Despite being 86, she was still studying English.
“I missed the chance to study at a university when I was younger, and so I am happy that CityU students can enjoy such a beautiful campus equipped with advanced facilities. They can choose from a diverse range of courses taught by high-calibre faculties,” she said.
Professor Kuo praised Mrs Chan’s perseverance for continuous improvement and her generosity. He expressed his appreciation for Miss Chan’s love and care for her mother as well as her pursuit of a simple life. He shared his experience on how to learn a language and said students should know language is important as a communication tool. Therefore they should not only place great emphasis on grammar or rhetoric, but also understand that content is the most important facilitator in effective communication.
Professor Wong expressed his gratitude on behalf of the University and students to Mrs Chan and Miss Chan for their donation and support.
Mrs Chan’s donation will be used for setting up bursaries and exchange scholarships as well as enhancing the facilities and services of the ELC.
A musical performance by teachers and students was arranged at the ceremony to thank Mrs Chan.
The English Language Centre is located on the second floor of Academic 1. With classrooms, computer rooms and a Language Lounge equipped with state-of-the-art multimedia systems, the Centre aims to help students enhance their English language skills and self-confidence to meet future challenges.