CLASS Series Unlocks Potential

The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) has launched the Servant Leadership Seminar series to encourage students to venture outside the curriculum of their major subjects, develop leadership potential and enhance their employability. Elite student leaders of CLASS co-hosted the seminars with Associate Dean Professor WONG Sing-wing Dennis.

The series opened with a talk by Ms CHIU Wai-yin Winnie, Hong Kong’s first female Deputy Commissioner of Police, on February 27. Chiu shared her experience of working for the Hong Kong Police Force over the years, discussed the challenges encountered and how she dealt with them. To succeed in her career, Chiu advised students to develop a sense of responsibility and build teamwork. She encouraged students to be positive when faced setbacks and regard them as an opportunity to learn.

In another seminar on March 28, Mr KWAN Chuk-fai, MH, JP, Director of Corporate Communications & Investor Relations at Hang Lung Properties, shared his reflections on life and thoughts about work ethics with students.

Kwan encouraged students to learn from failures, to think big and aim high, to serve the purpose of every role, and to think about what is important when looking back on life. He advised them to develop a positive attitude towards life and work. “Work to make a life, not just a living,” he said.

At the end of the seminar, the students enthusiastically asked Kwan about leadership and strategies to develop a successful career. Building on the advice from Kwan, Professor Wong stated: “It’s very important that you live and work from your heart. A good attitude really matters. Take on new knowledge and opportunities and seek continuous improvement.”

Katrina, a media and communication student, said she admired Kwan’s professionalism. “The way Kwan helped his company handle the PR crisis arising from the Ngau Tau Kok mini storage fire demonstrates the many aspects, including people’s feelings and reactions, that a person in his role needs to consider and understand in making decisions. He has inspired me a lot.”