Hong Kong – “Po Leung Kuk 145th Anniversary: Building Charity with Benevolence” exhibition relives collective memory of Hong Kong people (with photos)

“Po Leung Kuk 145th Anniversary: Building Charity with Benevolence” exhibition relives collective memory of Hong Kong people (with photos)


     This year marks the 145th anniversary of Po Leung Kuk. The Hong Kong Heritage Museum (HKHM) will launch an exhibition entitled “Po Leung Kuk 145th Anniversary: Building Charity with Benevolence” from tomorrow (October 18). Showcasing some 280 pieces of historical documents, artefacts and old photos from the collections of Po Leung Kuk and museums under the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD), together with multimedia interactive programmes and videos, this exhibition introduces the relations between the Po Leung Kuk’s history and the development of Hong Kong society vividly and interestingly.
     Addressing the opening ceremony today (October 17), the Under Secretary for Culture, Sports and Tourism, Mr Raistlin Lau, said that being one of the oldest local charities run by Chinese in Hong Kong, Po Leung Kuk has benefitted the local community for a long time. The LCSD joined hands with Po Leung Kuk to present this exhibition to retrace with the public the footsteps made by Po Leung Kuk with Hong Kong society for over a century, especially the huge contributions made towards protecting the widowed and the orphaned.
     Other officiating guests today included the Chairman of Po Leung Kuk, Mrs Winnie Chan; the First Vice-Chairman of Po Leung Kuk, Mrs Helena Pong; the Third Vice-Chairman of Po Leung Kuk, Miss Jenny Tam; the Chairman of the Museum Advisory Committee, Professor Douglas So; the Director of Leisure and Cultural Services, Mr Vincent Liu; and the Museum Director of the HKHM, Mr Brian Lam.
     The words “Po Leung” refer to “baochi anliang” (protection of young and the innocent women), reflecting one of Po Leung Kuk’s most important social functions from the late 19th century – rescuing and protecting destitute women and children. The services of Po Leung Kuk today have reached far beyond the protection of women and children. Along with social and economic development, Po Leung Kuk’s services have been expanded to include vocational training within Po Leung Kuk, founding primary and secondary schools outside Po Leung Kuk, recreation activities, elderly care, and medical services since the 1980s. It carries the collective memory of generations of the city’s inhabitants.
     This exhibition begins with the Po Leung Kuk’s residential services – the oldest services offered. Exhibits on aspects of clothing, food, living and travel are on display, illustrating the rejuvenating journey of destitute women and children, from entering and staying in Po Leung Kuk to leaving for adoption, marriage and more. Highlight exhibits include “The Petition”, which is the earliest and most valuable record kept by Po Leung Kuk, detailing the origins of the organisation; an adoption record issued in 1930; a baby walker of the 1950s to 1960s; a photo showing Po Leung Kuk’s last marriage ceremony of its marriage arrangement service in 1971; a Po Leung Kuk Flag Day metal donation box from the 1960s and a brochure of “Gala Spectacular – An Evening To Remember” published in 1985.
     A total of 11 multimedia interactive programmes, videos, an augmented reality tour and games have also been specifically designed for the exhibition, including “Timeline of Po Leung Kuk”, “PoLeungTour.com”, “Po Leung School Song Collections” and “Po Leung Mama”. Visitors can learn more about the services and development of Po Leung Kuk in an interactive way.
     The exhibition is jointly presented by the LCSD and Po Leung Kuk, and jointly organised by the HKHM and the Po Leung Kuk Museum. It will run from October 18 to February 19, 2024, at the HKHM (1 Man Lam Road, Sha Tin) with free admission. For details of the exhibition, please visit hk.heritage.museum/en/web/hm/exhibitions/data/po_leung_kuk_145.html, or call 2180 8188 for enquiries.

Hong Kong – US(Ed) attends 30th Anniversary Symposium cum Prize Presentation Ceremony of Committee on Home-School Co-operation (with photos)

US(Ed) attends 30th Anniversary Symposium cum Prize Presentation Ceremony of Committee on Home-School Co-operation (with photos)


The following is issued on behalf of the Committee on Home-School Co-operation:

     The Under Secretary for Education, Mr Sze Chun-fai, today (July 8) officiated at the 30th Anniversary Symposium cum Prize Presentation Ceremony organised by the Committee on Home-School Co-operation (CHSC).

     With the theme of “Home-School United in Love and Care, Students’ Growth with Joy to Spare”, the event aimed at demonstrating the spirit of home-school co-operation through mutual care, love, and close communication among schools, parents and students. Parents and schools should work together to nurture children in positive ways with a view to strengthening home-school communication and parent-child relationship. With the concerted efforts of schools and parents, children will be able to grow up in a healthy and joyful environment.

     Mr Sze presented certificates of appreciation to Federations of Parent-Teacher Associations (FPTAs) of each district in recognition of their contributions to home-school co-operation. He expressed his gratitude to the FPTAs for promoting home-school co-operation and parent education and organising various meaningful activities at the district level over the years, benefitting parents and students.

     The Chairman of the CHSC, Mr Eugene Fong, thanked the former CHSC chairpersons for their enthusiasm in promoting home-school co-operation and parent education. He hoped that the CHSC will further promote home-school co-operation and continue to groom the new generation of Hong Kong to become future masters with both talents and virtues.

     The CHSC organises a variety of home-school co-operation and parent education activities every year, including parent-child talks, workshops, competitions and annual symposium. The activities aim at cultivating students’ positive values and lifestyles, promoting parent-child relationships, enhancing children’s communication skills, providing advice to parents in assisting their children to learn, enabling parents to have a better understanding of school and education policies, etc.  

     This year, the CHSC launched the “We Did It!” Award Scheme with the support of Hong Kong Disneyland to commend parents for actively supporting their children to participate in non-academic school-based or extra-school activities, and also to commend students for their active participation in these activities. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the CHSC, the scheme was expanded to cover primary, secondary and special schools this year. An award ceremony was successfully held earlier, recognising students and parents from over 400 schools. The scheme is also one of the Government’s “Happy Hong Kong” supporting events. 

     The keynote speakers of the symposium included the Principal of Ying Wa Primary School, Dr Sylvia Chan; the Chief Principal of Victoria Educational Organisation, Dr Maggie Koong; and the Chairperson of Direction Association for the Handicapped, Mr Tommy Lau. They shared their experiences in nurturing children and the positive impact of home-school co-operation on children. In addition, some primary and secondary school students were invited to perform music and dance, giving colour to the event.

     The CHSC will continue to collaborate with the Government and other stakeholders to promote home-school co-operation and enhance students’ physical and mental development through organising various activities.

Hong Kong – DGCA attends 10th anniversary ceremony of ICAO Asia and Pacific Regional Sub-Office in Beijing (with photos)

DGCA attends 10th anniversary ceremony of ICAO Asia and Pacific Regional Sub-Office in Beijing (with photos)


     The Director-General of Civil Aviation, Mr Victor Liu, today (June 6) attended the 10th anniversary ceremony of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Asia and Pacific Regional Sub-Office (APAC RSO) in Beijing by invitation. Officiated by the Administrator of the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), Mr Song Zhiyong, and the Secretary General of the ICAO, Mr Juan Carlos Salazar, the ceremony was attended by representatives of civil aviation authorities and industry partners.
     The Civil Aviation Department (CAD) has been actively engaged in the work and activities of the ICAO. This includes promoting the initiatives of the Regional Aviation Safety Group – Asia Pacific Region, participating in meetings of the Asia Pacific Air Navigation Planning and Implementation Regional Group, and seconding CAD officers to the APAC RSOs in Beijing, China, and Bangkok, Thailand. Through co-operation and exchanges with aviation authorities of the region as well as international organisations, the development of the aviation industry in the Asia-Pacific region is further promoted.
     Mr Liu arrived in Beijing yesterday (June 5). During his visit to Beijing, Mr Liu called on the CAAC and representatives of the CAAC’s Office of Aviation Safety to exchange views on issues including flight safety. Mr Liu also visited the China Academy of Civil Aviation Science and Technology to learn about the new opportunities brought about to the civil aviation industry by technological development.

     Accompanying Mr Liu to Beijing was the Acting Assistant Director-General of Civil Aviation (Air Services and Safety Management), Mr Michael Yuen.

     Mr Liu will return to Hong Kong tomorrow (June 7).

Hong Kong – Speech by CS at CUHK 60th Anniversary Commencement Ceremony (with photos)

Speech by CS at CUHK 60th Anniversary Commencement Ceremony (with photos/video)


     Following is the speech by the Chief Secretary for Administration, Mr Chan Kwok-ki, at the 60th Anniversary Commencement Ceremony of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) today (February 12):
Professor Chai (Council Chairman of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), Professor John Chai), Professor Tuan (Vice-Chancellor and President of CUHK, Professor Rocky Tuan), Ms Yan (Chairperson of CUHK 60th Anniversary Celebration Steering Committee, Ms Lina Yan), members and friends of CUHK, ladies and gentlemen,
     Good evening. It gives me great pleasure to join you all to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
     Established in 1963 by bringing together three colleges, CUHK has strived for excellence over the past 60 years and become a forward-looking comprehensive research university to date. Its performance is recognised worldwide, notably by a record-high ranking of 38th in QS World University Rankings.        
     Day by day, CUHK nurtures quality talents; carries out ground-breaking researches; and takes forward new projects, including setting up state-of-the-art scientific research facilities. The university’s excellence is underpinned by a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes; a unique college system that delivers whole-person education; bilingualism; multiculturalism; and many more.  
     With the COVID-19 epidemic under control, our social and economic activities are progressively resuming as normal. We are now set to focus on economic development. As the cradle of talents, post-secondary education provides a strong impetus for it; and CUHK is certainly one of the key players.  
     The current-term Government spares no effort to support the higher education sector in strengthening Hong Kong’s talent pool. In the coming five years, our target is that 60 per cent of the students from the University Grants Committee (UGC)-funded universities, including CUHK, will be studying subjects relevant to Hong Kong’s “eight centres” development under the National 14th Five-Year Plan, and 35 per cent studying STEAM subjects.
     With innovation and technology as our top priority, we will progressively increase the number of publicly-funded research postgraduate places to 7 200 in the 2024/25 academic year. Together with the uplift of the over-enrollment ceiling of such places to 100 per cent from 2021 onwards, the capacity of the UGC-funded universities in enrolling research postgraduate students will increase by over 50 per cent. This will lay a solid foundation for the universities, including CUHK, to conduct extensive scientific researches and nurture talents.
     Also, we will launch a “Research, Academic and Industry Sectors One-plus Scheme” worth HK$10 billion. The scheme will drive co-operation among industry, academic and research sectors to further promote “1 to N” transformation and commercialisation of research outcomes. We believe CUHK’s research outcomes will benefit from such scheme.
     Looking beyond our city, the future of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA) is just promising. I am glad that CUHK has been expanding its footprint in GBA over the years, with a number of education and research platforms set up.  
     I am equally excited by the double major programme to be jointly launched by CUHK and CUHK-Shenzhen, nurturing talents in inter-disciplinary data analytics as well as specific disciplines like science, engineering and business.
     Ladies and gentlemen, I have every confidence that CUHK will capitalise on its success achieved over the past 60 years, and make new contributions to Hong Kong, the Motherland and the world in the years to come. On that note, I wish you all the best in the Year of the Rabbit.  
     Now, may I say a few words in Cantonese.   
  在促進科研方面,特區政府會將教資會資助的研究院研究課程學額數目,增加至 2024/25學年的7 200個;加上超額收生上限由前年的70%逐步提升至100%,教資會資助大學可招收研究生的容量,將增加超過一半,為大學拓展科研和培育人才,奠下穩固基礎。此外,特區政府將投放100億元設立「產學研1+計劃」,激勵產學研協作,進一步推動「從一到N」的科研成果轉化、落地和產業發展,我們相信計劃將有助發掘更多中大的研發成果。

Hong Kong – Speech by FS at 40th Anniversary Dinner of Hong Kong Neurosurgical Society (English only) (with photo)

Speech by FS at 40th Anniversary Dinner of Hong Kong Neurosurgical Society (English only) (with photo)


     Following is the speech by the Financial Secretary, Mr Paul Chan, at the 40th Anniversary Dinner of the Hong Kong Neurosurgical Society today (December 9):
Michael (President of the Hong Kong Neurosurgical Society, Dr Michael Lee), David (Legislative Council Member Dr David Lam), CS (Dean of Medicine, University of Hong Kong, Professor Lau Chak-sing), Professor Leung (President of the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine, Professor Gilberto Leung), distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen,
     Good evening.
     I am delighted to join such a distinguished gathering of medical professionals to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Hong Kong Neurosurgical Society. Please allow me to congratulate you on this auspicious occasion.
     The history of neuroscience can be traced back thousands of years, to the ancient Egyptians, who knew things about medical research.
     In Hong Kong, origins of the science are a little more recent.
     One starting point would be the arrival in the 1950s of Hong Kong’s first neurosurgeon, Dr Wen Hsiang Lai. In 1981, Dr Wen became the founding President of the HKNS and the rest, as they say, is history! Dr Wen is remembered as the “Father of Neurosurgery” in Hong Kong.
     Dr Wen also contributed to establishing the Research Institute of Neurosciences in Guangzhou in 1988. His vision for improving the standard of neurosurgery in Hong Kong and southern Mainland continues today and, I would say, is gathering pace.
     And I would venture to say that Dr Wen’s vision and efforts, and indeed those of many of you here, in contributing to the medical development in Hong Kong and the Mainland together, still inspire modes of medical co-operation between Hong Kong and other cities in the Greater Bay Area (GBA) and well beyond.   
     On a strategic level, the distinctive advantages of Hong Kong under the “one country, two systems” policy, have made Hong Kong the unique platform connecting the Mainland and the rest of the world. That includes connecting people, capital, knowledge and expertise, legal and professional standards, and much else. 
     This strategic role provides valuable insights into the opportunities of medical development in the GBA that may be embraced by Hong Kong, as our economic integration with the region continues to deepen. To set the scene, as you may all know, GBA is one of the wealthiest and most affluent regions in the country. Hong Kong, Macao and the other nine sister cities in the GBA together have a population of 86 million, and a per capita GDP at around USD 22,000.   
     Which means that the GBA is a huge consumer market. Its affluence and high income also mean that there is a growing demand for quality medical services. Hong Kong’s medical sector, with its excellent reputation in terms of both standards and integrity, is well positioned to grasp the opportunities in the GBA. 
     In terms of extending our world class-standard medical services to the GBA, the University of Hong Kong (HKU)-Shenzhen Hospital, opened in 2012, is a pioneer of its sort. The Medical Centre of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), Shenzhen, which commenced construction in 2019 and is expected to come into operation in 2026, is another example.  
     The two Hong Kong medical schools, which are within the top 50 universities in the world, are making more inroads and opening new frontiers. Last year, CUHK established a medical school in Shenzhen, and HKU plans to commission one, to provide basic medical training in medicine for local students. 
     For specialist training, the Shenzhen-Hong Kong Medical Specialist Training Centre established by the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine in 2019, will continue to assist the Mainland in setting up a specialist training system and provide training to the trainers.
     And the Hospital Authority is actively driving forward projects to deepen exchanges and collaboration with health-related institutions in the GBA, including doctors, nurses, Chinese medicine practitioners and allied health professionals.
     There is also great potential for Hong Kong-registered drugs and Chinese medicine to be used or sold in the GBA too.  Authorities concerned are working on them.
     But beyond medical services and medicine, I wish to point out that healthcare research collaboration with the GBA is an area with boundless potential. 
     Indeed, the HKSAR Government spares no effort in developing our city’s capacity for innovation and technology, and research.  
     For example, in 2018, we launched the flagship project of “InnoHK Research Clusters”. Under this initiative, 28 laboratories have so far been established in the Hong Kong Science Park, fostering collaboration between local universities and more than 30 top‑notch universities and research institutions around the world. Among these laboratories, 16 are related to life and health sciences. Among them, Health@InnoHK focusses on healthcare related technologies.
     In the Budget this year, I have set aside $10 billion to further promote the development of life and health technology in Hong Kong, including hardware, research talent, clinical trials and data application. 
     A key initiative is to set up the InnoLife Healthtech Hub in the Hong Kong‑Shenzhen Innovation and Technology Park (HKSITP), situated at the Lok Ma Chau Loop close to the boundary with Shenzhen. HKSITP is part of the wider Hong Kong-Shenzhen innovation and technology co-operation. This Park is recognised as one of the four most important innovation and technology platforms in the GBA development.
     Our goal is to bring together elite research teams from the Mainland and all over the world. We will focus our efforts on R&D work as well as global research collaboration in the field of life and health sciences. This includes biomedicine, big data and artificial intelligence, which can be applied in various areas, such as prevention, diagnosis, drug discovery, advanced treatment and rehabilitation. 
     This year is the 40th anniversary of your Society. The profession has grown a lot with many breakthrough achievements. So has Hong Kong.
     In the case of Hong Kong’s economic success over the past four decades, the firm support of our country is of utmost importance. At different development stages, the country had different needs, and Hong Kong had promptly transformed ourselves to satisfy those needs. We transformed ourselves from manufacturing in the 60s and 70s, to a service economy in the 80s and 90s, when the Mainland initiated the reform and opening up policy. We have further developed ourselves into an international financial centre when the Mainland rose to become the second largest economy in the world, and encouraged its enterprises to go global. Taking stock of the success of our financial services industry in the past three decades as an example, the key principle is playing to the full strength of our unique competitive advantages to serve the needs of the country. And in the process, we need to bear in mind two considerations.
     First, our proposal to the Mainland authorities for policy support and priority market access for Hong Kong must be mutually beneficial. Therefore it is in their interest to support us. Otherwise, we couldn’t achieve much even by doubling efforts.
     And second, in this time of challenging global order and heighted geopolitical situation, the needs of the country are also changing. We need to suitably adjust our position and areas of focus. Ladies and gentlemen, in advancing the development of our medical and healthcare services into the GBA, the same principle also applies.
     Now, as you may know that the consultation for next year’s Budget has begun. Riding on the promising momentum of our medical and health research collaboration with the GBA, how can we do more to advance collaboration? What are the areas that should be strengthened? And how can we help medical professionals to better tap the tremendous opportunities ahead? 
     These are all valid questions for us to contemplate for next year’s Budget and beyond. I look forward to the valuable views from you and the Hong Kong Neurosurgical Society. 
     Last but not least, may I congratulate the Society once again on its 40th Anniversary. I know you will continue to be pioneers for the profession and for our city as we embrace a new chapter for development.
     Christmas is around the corner, and I wish you all a happy festive season and a rewarding and blessed 2023. Thank you.