CityU celebrates the inauguration of Convocation and naming of Alumni Civility Hall

Karen Cheng

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City University of Hong Kong (CityU) has named Student Residence Hall 3 as the Alumni Civility Hall in appreciation of the alumni’s contributions and support to the University. The ceremony, which was held on 13 March, coincided with the inauguration of the University Convocation.


The Convocation marks a milestone in the development of alumni relations at CityU as there is now a formal body that represents more than 80,000 alumni, allowing them to participate in the University’s development in a more structured way.


A vital part of the University community, alumni are actively engaged throughout the years in work that promotes a “Caring by Giving” and “Caring by Serving” culture.


A total of $18 million has been generated through alumni donations and fundraising activities in support of CityU’s development projects and student scholarships and bursaries. In addition, some 700 alumni have joined the CityU Alumni Ambassador Scheme and provided voluntary support through various channels.


Speaking at the ceremony, Professor David Tong Shuk-yin, Deputy President of CityU, expressed his deep appreciation for the dedication shown by University alumni.


“Their dedicated services and generous donations have contributed to the betterment of CityU,and their care for the University has set a role model for the students,” Professor Tong said.


The Chairman of the Provisional Standing Committee of the Convocation, Mr Andrew Fan Ka-fai, said through the work of the Convocation fellow alumni could be reunited to support the development of the alma mater and contribute to the community.


“We are here, because we care! Give the best, before you get,” Mr Fan said.


Members of the Provisional Standing Committee of the Convocation made a pledge at the ceremony to show their solidarity and commitment to the University, and a joint performance by alumni and students brought the event to a climax.


Funding from alumni has also helped support outstanding students and students in need. Mr Thomas Ng Po-tin, a student with visual disability studying for the Master of Social Science in Counselling, said funding assistance had allowed him to pursue his life goals.


“I intend to set myself up as a professional counsellor, not just to help clients solve problems, but most importantly to help them realize their potential and rebuild their confidence. So I would like to express my thanks for the bursary awarded to me, enabling me to meet the special needs for further study at CityU,” said Mr Ng, who now works part-time for the Hong Kong Society for the Blind.


Victor Lee Wai-yip, a Year 2 student from the Department of Information Systems, has won “The Alumni Giving Club Academic Improvement Award” this year. He said the honour was a great encouragement because his hard work was being acknowledged.


“I am very grateful to the alumni because their contributions have given me the opportunity to learn and grow,” Victor said.


The Alumni Civility Hall is one of the oldest hostels in Cornwall Street Student Residence, providing accommodation for about 220 residents. A unique feature of the Hall is its emphasis on cultural diversity and mutual respect. It is a place where young people can find friendship and team spirit.


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