As times change, so do parts of the University. Over the past year we have seen some significant alterations to our senior leadership team as we have said goodbye to some old friends and also welcomed new colleagues into the fold.
In July, we announced the appointment of Professor Alexander Wai Ping-kong as the University's sixth President and Vice-Chancellor for a five-year term starting in February 2021. As an eminent leader in Hong Kong's higher education sector with distinguished academic accomplishments, Professor Wai joins us from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, where he has served in various university administration and leadership positions for the past 24 years. I'm delighted to welcome him to the University, and I am confident that he will be able to engage and energise the University community to further our mission, generate new ideas and take the University to the next level of excellence. At the same time, it has been a great honour to work alongside Professor Roland T Chin for these past few years, and I wish him all the best in his future endeavours.
We have also seen some changes to our Council and Court. Mr Paul Poon was appointed Deputy Chairman of the Council and the Court for a three-year term from 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2022. We also welcomed six new members to the Council and Court, including Dr Stephen Lai, Mr Victor Pang, Dr Alex Yu, Rev Chan Pui-fai, Professor Ho Kin-chung and Mr Lau Kwok-ming. We greatly appreciate their contributions to HKBU, and I look forward to working with them further throughout their terms.
As I look back over the past year, while it has undoubtedly been full of challenges, I'm both proud and excited about the new developments taking place. After all, the night is darkest just before sunrise, and I am certain that the year ahead will be a promising and fulfilling one.