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February 22
2012年2月22日

團結一致
跑好人生的馬拉松

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二月五日參加渣打馬拉松,欣然見到許多參賽和打氣的同學、同事、校友及其家屬,深有感觸,現將記於每月「校長簡訊」中的個人觀感轉載於網誌上,誠意寄望各位同學本著全力以赴的精神,跑好人生的馬拉松。

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今年城大共有九百多名學生、校友、教職員及其家屬參加渣打馬拉松。這是城大連續第五年組隊參賽,今年的陣容更是歷年之冠。

跑步既富挑戰性,又充滿樂趣,還可以促進身心健康。要到達終點,就要努力不懈、堅定意志、勤加鍛鍊。與城大隊友在黎明前並肩而跑,更是個難得的寶貴經驗──九百人懷著共同的目標,朝著同一終點齊心向前,跑手之間建立一種親切的聯繫,共同慶祝個人努力之餘,更互助互勉和團結一致。

這種體驗提醒我們,大家都是人生馬拉松的跑手。我們或許無法選擇自己的參賽項目,也無法選擇在哪一場比賽勝出,卻可以選擇用全力以赴的精神,盡力參賽,並與其他跑手團結前進,直到終點。

在此,我們必須向學生發展處和校園發展及設施管理處的同事表達謝意,尤其是比賽前一晚在學校留宿的司機。他們做了大量準備工作,並妥善安排交通。人力資源處、校友聯絡處、管理學系和大學評議會的同事與校友也為賽事做了許多工作。正是這種團隊精神增強了參賽隊伍的凝聚力。

我很高興看到這種城大精神也體現在我們的學生身上。我參加了2月8日舉行的聯舍慶祝晚宴,跟七百多名學生、校友、舍監一同慶祝學生宿舍成立十周年。晚宴氣氛歡樂,不同國籍和文化背景的學生共聚一堂,透過文化表演和聯合活動慶祝多元與共融。他們以實際行動展示,差異可以是活力的源泉,多元可以使校園多姿多彩。

我尤感高興的是,最近讀到由城大學生牽頭撰寫、題為「香港人,謝謝你們!」的聯署信,提倡在大學校園推廣文明有禮、團結包容的文化。在多元社群中培育和提倡這種開明進步思想,正正是城大發展為全球化國際級大學的標誌。

讓我們在新的一年立下決心,在校園推廣團結一致的精神,文明有禮的文化,海納百川的胸懷。

 



Running life's marathon in unity

 

I was delighted to see so many participating (and cheerleading!) students, colleagues, alumni and their families involved in the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2012 on 5 February. I have made special mention of my appreciation in my recent newsletter to faculty and staff, and I will also upload my thoughts about running with the 900-strong CityU team to my blog. I hope all CityU students can get a taste of the team spirit generated by participating in this kind of event as we are all long-distance runners in life's marathon.

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Over 900 CityU students, alumni, staff and family members ran this year's Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon. We were participating for the fifth year in a row, and this was the largest ever team of runners from CityU.

Running can be both challenging and fun. It builds a healthy body and mind. To get to the finishing point, we need perseverance, will power and discipline. But being in the pre-dawn light side by side with the CityU team provided a uniquely valuable experience, too: 900 people running in harmony for one common purpose and destination. The effect was to create a strong sense of bonding among the runners in a celebration of individual hard work, mutual support, and solidarity.

The experience should remind us that we are all long-distance runners in life's Marathon. We may not always be able to choose which race to run or which race to win, but we can certainly try to compete in good spirits and finish with a sense of solidarity with our fellow athletes.

We must express our appreciation to the many diligent colleagues at Student Development Services and Campus Development and Facilities Office, especially our drivers who slept on campus the night before the Marathon. These colleagues took care of all the heavy preparation and transportation work. Also involved in the groundwork were colleagues and alumni from the Human Resources Office, Alumni Relations Office, Department of Management, and Convocation. Their efforts exemplify the University's sense of team work and provide the force that binds us.

It is gratifying to witness that the CityU spirit is catching on among our students. I attended the CityU joint-hall dinner on 8 February where more than 700 students, alumni and residence masters celebrated the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the Student Residence. It was a joyful occasion. Students from different nationalities and backgrounds celebrated unity and diversity through joint cultural performances and activities. They showed us how difference can be a source of energy and enrichment for campus.

I am particularly delighted to read about the recent "Thank you, Hong Kong People" campaign, launched to promote civility and unity on university campuses, and to learn that this was initiated and drafted by CityU students. The development and promotion of a progressive mindset within the diverse CityU community is the hallmark of a truly international, world-class university.

Let us make a New Year resolution to promote unity and civility on campus and embrace diversity.


February 22, 2012

 

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