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May 27
2013年5月27日

校友與我

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我畢業於台灣清華大學與美國堪薩斯州大,在美國工作時,先後在貝爾實驗室及不同大學裏服務超過30年,擔任過德州農工大學的系主任與田納西大學的工學院院長,與校友接觸極其頻繁,深深了解校友對母校作出的貢獻可以說是無私、直率、毫無保留的。

校友交流
城大自從1984年成立以來,已有超過10萬名校友。我與校友接觸,並與歷屆評議會主席及委員保持聯繫,對評議會的發展與他們提出的建議十分關注。

在校友聯絡處與評議會籌劃下,我每年都定期在「與校長對話」活動中與校友互動交流。除了香港之外,校友聯絡處還在北京、上海、深圳及台北舉行了不同形式的校友活動,而上週又在西安舉辦校友活動。一位內地校友,幾乎在每一次與校友相關的活動會上都可見到她的倩影,無論是在香港,或者北京、上海、深圳。

有好幾次我外出公幹,在飛機上、香港機場的出、入境處、北京機場的候機室,或在上海交大的校園,在巴黎、深圳或南京的各類會議中,乃至台北街頭、香港的快餐店等,與各種專長的校友與校友家人不期而遇、交談甚歡。

2012年10月28日,我們在校園裏舉辦了「樂聚城大校友日」,有2,000多名校友、學生、教職員及其家人參加,充分顯示城大社群才藝多端、群體多元的特色以及互相關懷的精神!有位特地從上海趕來的校友,盛情邀請我與他和他六歲的兒子拍照留念,並表示他以母校為榮。校友盛情,歷歷在目!

校友支持
貢獻愈多的校友,對學校的支持及信心愈大,他們對大學發展會提出有建設性的建議,然而很少會有任何求索。這種現象在城大同樣明顯。許多強大有力的支持,來自卓有成就的熱心校友,也是我們為城大「賣力」的一個重要精神支柱。

在此先說個小故事。我剛到城大不久,一位校友提著一大包禮物來到我的辦公室,捐出來做春節抽獎的獎品,並主動表示了對大學發展的意見。從那時起,無論是大學排名躍升、校園新大樓落成,或是籌劃學生海外交流基金,擬辦城大動物醫學院,聽到媒體對大學的偏見批評等,他都會由衷地表示關心及支持。

他是一位成功的企業家,但絕對不是香港數一數二的富豪。有時我倒覺得「不好意思」,讓他經常「破費」;他卻強調以城大為家,捐助母校就像添給「家用」,是他努力工作的一個重要動力。在過去兩三年裏,我先後認識了幾十位像他這樣熱心的校友,他們都是在社會上各個專業領域卓有成就的人物。除了在香港,他們還在北京、上海、深圳、台北、西安,為大學安排與當地社會有影響力的人士會面。

他們無條件地支持及推廣城大籌劃中的動物醫學院、進行中的能源環保計劃、科技轉移活動、可持續教研的前瞻目標等。當聽說我希望籌得五千萬港幣,資助本科生國際交流活動,許多校友二話不說,即時探問如何、何時可以慷慨解囊,如今募得的款項已提前超過訂定的目標。還有評議會的委員,不分晝夜、無私忘我地為學弟學妹籌劃職業導航活動。今年三月初,在北京全國兩會上,香港的城大校友在校董會主席胡曉明的帶頭下,提案支持擬議中的城大動物醫學院,這是會場內人盡皆知的事。

城大致力向各界、基金及機構籌募捐款,盡力運用社會資源為下一代提供卓越教育。所有這些捐款中,除了來自社會慈善人士,更少不了校友的支持。雖然他們未必是巨賈豪富,但是一顆愛母校的心不落人後。大學為未來幾年籌劃了進取的發展方案,其中包括增加學生學習經歷、提升教研水平及全面促進大學在專業教育及社會貢獻方面的長遠發展。

校友激勵
有人也許會好奇地問,為什麼校友對大學的關愛如此濃厚?

那是因為,有責任心的校友了解大學在社會上扮演的角色。校友與大學榮辱與共,在許多時候更融為一體。因為畢業生都喜歡聽人家誇讚他或她來自一所一流的大學,所有人都會努力維護自己的家園,而只有「不肖子」才不懂得珍惜及任意損毁自家的名聲。

在校友聯絡處同事的努力下,城大校友的網絡從香港到深圳,又從上海到北京、再到台北、新加坡、澳洲,甚至美加,不斷擴展,逐漸連點成線、編織成網,形成一股支持城大發展的龐大力量。在10多個海內外城市,均有熱心校友大使協助發展校友網絡,尤其令人稱道的是城大的資深校友組織「城賢匯」,其成員在各種正式與非正式場合推廣城大,捐助城大。

常有熱心的校友主動提出建議及給予資助,以下就是去年聖誕節前一位校友送給我的有關捐助大學的一則簡訊:
「我們組織校友籌款,每年請10個不同宗教及慈善團體各自推薦10個有需要的家庭,享用城大舉辦的『城心年夜飯』,並給參加的孩子分發『城心红包』。這個活動既可幫助有需要的家庭在每年年底感受到一絲溫暖,亦可提升城大的公眾形象,同時培育師生對社會責任的認同感,加強與校友的聯繫。如果校方覺得計劃可行,我願意協助規劃,同時承諾起碼以後10年,每年負責個人或籌募10萬元或以上經費。希望你們有興趣考慮這個建議。感恩!」

為即將成立的城大動物醫學院募款的策略計劃在校友的鼓勵、串聯下也已就緒展開。他們還進一步提升募款能力,在內地,尤其是江蘇、上海地區,聯繫有心捐助教育的校友和社會慈善人士。

另外,有熱心校友耳聞城大有意參與去年12月16日於台北舉行的馬拉松活動,即刻慷慨贊助,讓我們的學生、校友及教職員得以組成82人馬拉松團隊參賽。與此同時,校友聯絡處與「城賢匯」合辦了為期四天的校友台北交流團,50多位團員拜訪了連戰、施振榮、龍應台及吳清友等知名人士。這次台灣的「破冰」之旅,不僅有利提升城大形象,還得以凝聚各類持份支持者的力量。

校友、校園、城大國際化
隨著大學國際化,學生與教授來源日趨多樣,城大國際知名度也持續提升。在來自五湖四海校友的支持下,我們進一步推廣校園多元化,如今城大的發展就如同我們的馬拉松隊伍一般,將走出香港,前往台北、北京、首爾、東京、紐約、巴黎、莫斯科!

我相信,在校友的交流、支持、激勵下,城大將持續不斷地推廣學術國際化、教研現代化,為社會做出更大貢獻。

 

Alumni and I

I received my BS in nuclear engineering in 1972 from National Tsing-Hua University in Taiwan and my PhD in engineering in 1980 from Kansas State University. I worked for Bell Laboratory and different universities during my thirty-odd years in the US. I was the Head of the Department of Industrial Engineering at Texas A&M University, and Dean of Engineering at the University of Tennessee.

Based on good communication and frequent contact, I have a detailed understanding of the valuable contributions that alumni make to the development of an alma mater. These contributions are invariably selfless, direct and without reservation.

Exchanges with alumni
CityU boasts a large band of over 100,000 alumni, built up over the years since the University was founded in 1984. I am in regular communication with these former CityU students and maintain close contact with the Chairman of the CityU Convocation Standing Committee and the committee members. More importantly, I attach a great deal of value to the development of the Convocation and the helpful suggestions of its members.

I have regular exchanges with alumni through events such as the "Dialogues with the President" series organised by the Alumni Relations Office and the Convocation. In addition to alumni activities in Hong Kong, the Alumni Relations Office organises activities in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Taipei. Last week saw another alumni gathering, this time in Xi'an. Almost on every occasion, no matter whether it is in Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai or Shenzhen, an alumna makes a graceful and pleasant appearance.

On a number of occasions when I have been travelling on business, I have bumped into alumni and their family members. These alumni work in various occupations and I always make time to have amiable chats with them, on planes, at immigration checkpoints at Hong Kong airport, the waiting room at Beijing airport, on the campus of Shanghai Jiaotong University, as well as at various meetings and conferences in Paris, Nanjing, Shenzhen, and even in the streets of Taipei, fast food restaurants in Hong Kong and other places.

Over 2,000 alumni, students, staff and their family members participated in the Homecoming Gala on campus on 28 October 2012 where the versatility, diversity, harmony and caring spirit of the campus community was on show. One of the alumni who came from Shanghai invited me to have a picture taken with him and his six-year-old boy, saying he was proud of his alma mater. Moments like this make me appreciate just how strongly alumni feel about CityU.

Support from alumni
Generous alumni from any institution make bigger contributions and provide greater support for the University. The constructive suggestions that they put forward are selfless and not at all self-serving. They demand nothing in return. This is true with CityU alumni. A great deal of substantial support comes from such kind-hearted alumni, and they inspire us to work even harder for the University.

Here I would like to relate a true story. It was not long after I came to CityU that an alumnus appeared in my office with a very big bag of gifts to be given as rewards and prizes in raffle activities for the upcoming Spring Festival staff party. He expressed his views on campus development and, ever since then, he has invariably shown great care and support for CityU, whether for the advancement of the University's ranking, the completion of a new building on campus, the plan to set up the overseas exchange fund for the students, the plan to establish a School of Veterinary Medicine, or when he learned of prejudiced media reports criticising the University.

He is a successful entrepreneur, but certainly not one of the richest tycoons in Hong Kong. Sometimes I feel somewhat "uneasy" that he constantly "goes to such expense", but he insists that he sees CityU as his home and his donations to his alma mater are nothing but "spending money" for the family, which, he says, is one of the driving motives for him to work hard. In the past couple of years, I have come to know scores of warm-hearted alumni like him, all of whom are outstanding people in their own professions and trades. In addition, they have arranged for me to meet influential contacts in cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Taipei.

Such people unconditionally support and promote the University's visionary objectives such as the establishment of the School of Veterinary Medicine in the making, the energy-efficiency environmental protection plan in process, science and technology transfer activities, and sustainable teaching and research. Learning that I planned to raise HK$50 million for undergraduate international exchange programmes, many of our alumni inquired about raising money for the fund and offered generous donations without a moment's hesitation.

We have already exceeded the initial HK$50 million target, well in advance of expectations. In addition, some members of the CityU Convocation were only too willing to participate in the activities about career development for their fellow students, day and night, unselfishly. In March this year, when two national congresses were held in Beijing, a group of CityU alumni headed by Mr Herman Hu Shao-ming, our Council Chairman, submitted a bill in support of establishing the School of Veterinary Medicine at CityU. All the congress attendees were aware of this bill.

CityU spares no effort in raising donations from all social sectors, funds and institutions, aiming at utilising social resources to provide quality education for young people. A large proportion of the donations raised so far have come from alumni in addition to philanthropists. The donors are not necessarily business moguls or extremely wealthy people, but their love for their alma mater is worthy of our respect. The University has mapped out a blue-print for further developments over the coming years, encompassing essential items that will enrich student learning, enhance teaching and research, and promote the strategic development of the University in terms of its professional education and social contributions.

Encouragement from alumni
You may be wondering, out of curiosity, why alumni show so much concern about and demonstrate so much care towards the University. Alumni with a strong sense of social obligation are well aware of the role that the University plays in society. They are part and parcel of the University, sharing in all the ups and downs that the University experiences. I believe all graduates want to hear people say positive things about the institution of higher learning that they attended. In normal circumstances, everyone would do their utmost to safeguard the reputation of their own community rather than washing their dirty linen in public. Only "unfilial descendants" will pay little heed or, worse, may mar the reputation of his or her institution.

Thanks to the hard work of the Alumni Relations Office, we have expanded our alumni network from Hong Kong to Shenzhen, from Shanghai to Beijing, and then to Taipei, Singapore, Australia, even to the US and Canada, assembling a strong force of support for the development of CityU. In a dozen cities across the world, enthusiastic alumni acting as ambassadors help promote the alumni network. Especially worthy of praise are the efforts of members of the Eminence Society, a distinguished alumni group, who promote and make donations to CityU on various occasions, formal or informal.

It is not unusual that enthusiastic alumni voluntarily offer suggestions and give financial assistance. The following is a message I received from an alumnus last Christmas about raising donations for the University:
"We intend to mobilise alumni to help raise funds. Every year we will contact ten different religious and charity organisations to recommend ten needy families for whom we will hold a heart-warming party on the eve of Chinese New Year. Each child from these families will receive a Lai See red envelope as a gift from CityU. This kind of event not only encourages needy families at the end of the year, it also gives a positive image to CityU, cultivating a strong sense of social responsibility and reinforcing the alumni's bond with the University. If the university authorities think my plan is feasible, I am ready to coordinate the plan and pledge to contribute or raise at least HK$100,000 each year for ten successive years. I hope that you will take time to consider my suggestion. Feeling much blessed."

The strategic plan to raise funds for the proposed establishment of CityU's School of Veterinary Medicine is in good shape, too, thanks to the encouragement and support of alumni who enhance our fund-raising capabilities by making contacts with alumni and philanthropists in mainland China, especially in such regions as Jiangsu and Shanghai.

In addition, an enthusiastic alumnus made a donation as soon as he learned that CityU was going to compete in the 2012 Taipei Marathon on 16 December last year, helping to organise a delegation of 82 students, alumni and faculty members for the event. Meanwhile, CityU's Alumni Relations Office and the Eminence Society co-organised a four-day alumni exchange tour to Taipei. The fifty-odd members of the tour group visited many renowned people such as Dr Lien Chan, Dr Stan Shih, Dr Lung Ying-tai and Mr Robert Wu Qing-yu. This sort of "ice-breaking" outreach activity enhances CityU's international image, brings its alumni together and strengthens unity and harmony within the CityU community.

Alumni and campus internationalisation at CityU
The internalisation of the University means that the composition of our student and faculty bodies is becoming more diversified and CityU's international reputation is enhanced. With the support of alumni from different social sectors all over the world, we will continue to promote diversity on campus. The development of CityU, like our marathon team, is going beyond Hong Kong to reach Taipei, and then to Beijing, Seoul, Tokyo, New York, Paris and Moscow!

I firmly believe that, with the support and encouragement of our alumni, we will continue to promote the internationalisation of academia, the modernisation of teaching and research, and make better contributions to society.

May 27, 2013

 

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