CityU receives donation from Tin Ka Ping Foundation to promote Chinese culture
City University of Hong Kong (CityU) has received a HK$3 million donation from Tin Ka Ping Foundation (the Foundation) to fund three programmes to promote Chinese culture.
The donation is part of a generous gift from the Foundation to nine local higher education institutions in celebration of Dr Tin Ka-ping’s 100th birthday.
Guests attending the donation ceremony at CityU on 10 April included Mr Sam Tin Hing-sin and Mr Tai Hay-lap, Chairman and Vice-Chairman, respectively, of the Foundation Board; Mr Tin Wing-sin and Dr Yuen Pong-yiu, Directors of the Foundation Board; Mr Oscar Lau, Member of the Foundation’s Advisory Board; Mr David Day, Chief Executive of the Foundation; Professor Way Kuo, CityU President; Professor Alex Jen Kwan-yue, Provost; Professor Horace Ip Ho-shing, Vice-President (Student Affairs); Professor Matthew Lee Kwok-on, Vice-President (Development and External Relations); Mr Sunny Lee Wai-kwong, Vice-President (Administration); and Professor Paul Lam Kwan-sing, Chief-of-Staff.
Dr Tin founded the Foundation in 1982. “The Foundation hopes to convey the message that ‘China’s future lies in education’, and promote its mission of giving back to society and contributing to the motherland,” Mr Sam Tin Hing-sin said.
“We value our strong partnership with City University of Hong Kong, which has been going from strength to strength over the years. We look forward to working together to nurture more talent for society,” Mr Tin added.
Professor Kuo thanked Dr Tin, Mr Sam Tin Hing-sin and the Foundation for their staunch support for CityU over the years. He said that the University was committed to enhancing the cultural awareness of its students by frequently organising various activities to promote Chinese culture, which also aligns with the Foundation’s mission.
Dr Tin and the Foundation have a deep relationship with CityU and have made generous donations to support the University’s various initiatives, such as the “Mainland Scholars Exchange Programme”, launched in 2008, which invites mainland scholars to visit CityU each year for research collaboration.
To promote Chinese culture and the philosophy that “China’s future lies in education”, CityU has launched the following three programmes:
1. The “‘Teaching & Learning’ Development Programmes and Historical and Cultural Study Tours” programme, comprising a series of talks on Chinese culture, history and language to enhance the quality of secondary school teachers and to promote cultural concepts related to the family and the nation among young students;
2. The “City•Cultural Space” programme, comprising painting and photography exhibitions, Chinese opera, and film appreciation activities, as well as the “In Celebration of Dr Tin Ka-ping’s 100th Birthday – Chinese Culture Lecture Series”, which enables students to interact with experts and scholars to develop a deeper understanding of Chinese culture; and
3. The “Tracing the Roots of Hakka Culture and Exploring the Origins of the One Belt, One Road Initiative” programme (Expedition 2018 to Ancient Cities in China), in which students visit Xian, Luoyang and Zhengzhou to understand the origins of the Chinese people and its civilisation and learn about the cities along the Belt and Road region.
Professor Lee said that the three programmes were meaningful because they not only provide an opportunity for CityU students to study Chinese culture on the mainland; they also promote cultural exchanges for local secondary schools.
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