In the "new normal" era where uncertainties and challenges prevail, we are blessed to have a strong team to guide the University towards realising its vision. Last year has seen new faces coming on board, including Professor Guo Yike as Vice President (Research and Development), Ms Christine Chow as Vice President (Administration) and Secretary, and Dr Alison Lloyd, Professor Arthur Mak and Professor Johnny Poon as Associate Vice-Presidents. They are all outstanding scholars and leaders bringing us unique strengths and experience that will further advance the development of the University. Our Talent100 Project, too, hit the target of bringing top faculty talents from around the world to our campus. Consequently, a second phase, Talent100+, has been launched.
Over the past five years, the University has successfully secured donations, donation pledges and matching funds amounting to HK$2 billion to support our strategic development and bolster its teaching and research capabilities. One of the notable projects is the Jockey Club Campus of Creativity, which is the biggest in our University's history and will hugely expand our geographic and intellectual footprint. We are very much indebted to the support from friends and the community.
It seems like only yesterday that I joined the HKBU family, but today I am writing my last President's Message for our annual report. The past five years has been most fulfilling, with every moment purposeful and unforgettable. It has been my distinct honour to have known and worked with a dedicated and outstanding team of academic and administrative colleagues.
My biggest reward is to see our students becoming talented youngsters and prominent leaders. I owe a great debt of gratitude to our students, alumni, colleagues, our Council and Court, supporters and friends for everything we did together and every moment we shared. They have enriched our University. I would also like to extend my best wishes to Professor Alex Wai, the incoming President of HKBU. With Professor Wai's outstanding academic achievements and extensive experience in higher education, under his capable leadership the University will continue to scale new heights.