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2016 年 8 月 12 日

綠色環保:不怕有錯、只怕不做

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5月20日,城大運動中心的屋頂在一連串暴雨天後罕見地整體倒塌。這一不幸事件震醒了許多人,不僅在校園內激起千層浪,而且引起全港關注。城大作為當事者首當其衝,在震驚之餘,須承受許多壓力及面對無數後續處理工作,確保一切如常。這種時候,許多城大朋友和校友發電郵或打電話關心和慰問,令人感到溫暖。

多謝九人調查委員會成員的辛勞調查,以及在調查過程中給予支持的同事和提供資訊者,調查已經有了初步結果,並於6月10日聯同大學的回應一併公佈與眾。根據調查報告,明顯有人為錯失。

屋頂倒塌事件的塵埃已漸漸落定,大家都從事件中汲取沉重教訓,並會引以為戒,力求盡心改進,達到「零瑕疵」標準。對於應負責任者,我們會遵循適當程序追究法律責任;倘若証實有違紀失職,我們也會予以適當懲處。但因此引發的一些思考卻在我腦海裡久久徘徊,不能去除。事發後,曾有人直言否定屋頂綠化工程,也有人因此消極地認為,我們的政策只罰做錯事者,不罰不做事者,因此覺得多做一事不如少做一事,多做多錯,少做少錯,不做不錯。這絕對不是我們要汲取的教訓,也偏離了提倡的創新精神。

做任何事,尤其是創新之舉,難免有可能出錯。有道是,人非聖賢,孰能無過?重要的是檢討思過,一旦發現有錯,則愈早改錯愈好。城大歷來提倡以科學理性的態度勇於任事、敢於創新;正因如此,我們才能在競爭激烈的國際化環境下不斷進步,不僅教研合一做出成績,而且在鞏固特色學科領域的同時開創了新的學科領域,支持社會發展,提升生活質素。這樣做,需要遠見和勇氣,精密的思考和設計,也需要大家的認同和支持。如果不激勵創新和汲取教訓,獎賞積累經驗,改善社會生活,而只是沾沾自喜於固步自封、抱殘守缺,長久以往,只能助長鴕鳥心態,還談什麼高教創新?

綠化工程,是 21 世紀全球社會認同的共同責任,不應遇到問題挑戰就立即放棄。綠化環保:不怕有錯,只怕不做。如果有錯,及時糾正,並避免重犯。如果什麼都不做,就不會有任何進步。


Nothing ventured, nothing gained: building a safer green campus

The collapse of the roof of the CityU's Sports Hall after days of heavy rain on 20 May was a highly regrettable incident as well as a valuable lesson for all of us. It has shaken many of us awake and its ripple effect has extended from the campus to Hong Kong society at large. The weeks since the incident have been a challenging time for all of us at CityU. In addition to the enormous pressure we have been facing, we have had to deal with various follow-up procedures, ensuring that our academic enterprise has been "business as usual". Under such circumstances, it has been very comforting to receive email messages and phone calls of support from friends of the University and our alumni, showing their concern and care.

Thanks to the contributions of the members of the Investigative Committee and the assistance of the colleagues and information providers who have helped facilitate the investigation work, an investigation report (IR) containing preliminary findings was submitted to the University and released to the public on 10 June together with the University's Response after a live press conference. According to the IR, human error is most likely the cause behind the incident.

Now that the dust from the roof collapse incident is settling, we will endeavour to comply with a "zero-error" standard as we seek ways to enhance safety. For parties responsible for the incident, we will take appropriate action, including disciplinary action if any breach of standards of behaviour or misconduct is discovered.

Other lessons also have to be taken on board. Right after the incident, some people started to speak negatively about roof-top greening project, while others pessimistically said that our policies penalised people who make mistakes while those who do nothing are spared. Some think it is better to do nothing and thus save yourself from making any mistakes, since the less you do, the fewer mistakes you make. This kind of thinking deviates widely from the innovative spirit we promote at CityU.

Mistakes are a vital part of innovation. As the old saying goes, to err is human. Indeed, the best way forward is to review one's actions and seek ways to avoid making similar mistakes. At CityU, we work hard to promote accountability and innovation with a rational scientific frame of mind, which has enabled us to thrive in an intensely competitive internationalised environment. We are not only exceling in the integration of teaching and research; we are also venturing into new academic disciplines by strengthening our existing niche academic areas for the advancement of society and enhancement of life. To achieve such a goal requires vision and courage, meticulous planning and design, as well as recognition and support from the CityU community.

If we rank ourselves with those poor spirits who neither suffer much nor venture anything, who stand against innovation, who refuse to learn lessons, or who fail to accumulate useful experience for improving life, we will fall into the ostrich syndrome, sticking our heads in the sand, rather than striving for innovation in higher education.

The greening project is a global social responsibility for the 21st century, and we should not quit when confronted with challenges. To build a green campus, the worst we can do is to do nothing. To err is human, as long as we rectify errors along the way. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

12 August, 2016

 

 

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