Chen Xu visits Hong Kong
Strengthen Exchanges and Cooperation between Tsinghua and Hong Kong
From December 6th to 7th, Chen Xu, Secretary of the CPC Tsinghua University Committee and Chairperson of University Council and Yang Bin, Vice President of Tsinghua University and Chairman of Tsinghua University Education Foundation, met with Tung Chee-hwa, former Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) and Vice Chairman of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, and Wang Zhimin, Director of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region visited the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology for in-depth discussions on strengthening exchanges and cooperation between Tsinghua University and Hong Kong. They also visited YONG CHI HSING, a senior alumna of Tsinghua who is now over 100 years old, and they had extensive exchanges with Tsinghua alumni in Hong Kong.
On December 6th, Chen Xu and Tung Chee Hwa exchanged insights on the recent development and long-term planning of the university.
Chen Xu thanked Mr. Tung Chee Hwa for his long-term guidance relating to Tsinghua University and introduced the recent development of the university in talent cultivation, scientific research and global strategy. Chen Xu noted that the university is always prioritizing the improvement of the quality of students, promoting the reform of education and teaching, and improving students’ ability to participate in international exchanges and global competence. At the same time, with the construction of think tanks as an important development direction, the university has established a think tank center and given full play to the inter-disciplinary advantages of the university.
Tung Chee Hwa said that Tsinghua University, a prestigious university, is very important for the development of the country by training top talents and making independent scientific research achievements. Especially at this stage, when many countries and regions still have a limited understanding of China, Chinese universities should go global and carry out various forms of exchange to promote mutual trust. He expressed appreciation for Tsinghua University’s ability to set up a research institute on climate change and sustainable development and a research center on strategy and security.
On December 7th, Chen Xu and Yang Bin visited Director Wang Zhimin and Tan Tieniu, Deputy Director of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region to conduct in-depth discussions on further deepening exchanges and cooperation between Tsinghua University and Hong Kong.
Wang Zhimin noted that as a top university in the country, Tsinghua University had actively promoted exchanges and cooperation with Hong Kong for many years and has established extensive cooperation with Hong Kong in education, science and technology, humanities, and other fields. It is hoped that Tsinghua University will continue to play a leading role in promoting exchanges and cooperation between universities in the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong, and in the construction of the Greater Bay Area. The Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region will, as always provide strong support for the exchanges and cooperation between Tsinghua University and various sectors in Hong Kong.
Chen Xu said that Tsinghua University is willing to further strengthen communication with all sectors in Hong Kong and contribute to promoting exchanges and cooperation between universities of the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong in terms of education, technology and the humanities.
On December 6th, Chen Xu and Yang Bin held talks with the Vice-Chancellor and President, Rocky S. Tuan, Vice Presidents Fok Tai-fai and Poon Wai-yin of the Chinese University of Hong Kong to further explore the mechanism of deepening cooperation. On December 7th, Chen Xu and Yang Bin held talks with President Wei Shyy, Vice President Sabrina Lin, and Associate Vice President Enboa Wu of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology on issues such as interdisciplinary studies, international education and joint talent training.
On the afternoon of December 6th, Chen Xu and Yang Bin also visited YONG CHI HSING, a senior alumna of Tsinghua University. They thanked her for her concern and support for the development of her alma mater and congratulated her on her upcoming 102nd birthday.
On the evening of December 7th, Chen Xu and Yang Bin also attended the Hong Kong Tsinghua Alumni meeting. This year coincides with the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the Tsinghua University Student Art Troupe. Alumni in Hong Kong who had been a member of different Student Associations at Tsinghua University also presented wonderful shows for the event.
Writer: Annie Chen
Editors: John Olbrich, Guo Lili