Professor Alexander Wai assumed office on 1 February 2021 as the sixth President and Vice-Chancellor of HKBU. An expert in the field of optical communication, Professor Wai has attained a host of exemplary academic achievements, and he also has a wealth of experience in higher education and a strong administrative leadership record. We are delighted to have him leading HKBU as we forge ahead with our plans to be a global liberal arts university in an increasingly complex world.
Professor Wai is well-known for his commitment to pioneering innovative technology and translational research, and he has a rich array of impactful and patented research achievements to his name. While he has only been here for a relatively short period of time, he has already established the University as one of the leading art-tech developers. This is undoubtedly the right direction for HKBU, given our longstanding strengths in the arts, culture and creative media, and our excellence in science and the humanities. This interdisciplinary approach also echoes the Government's drive to develop Hong Kong into an East-meets-West centre for international cultural exchange, and it will bring meaningful social, educational and economic benefits to Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area.
I would also like to take this opportunity to extend my heartfelt gratitude to President Emeritus Roland Chin for his formidable contributions to the long-term development of the University. During his tenure, he inspired the whole of HKBU to put forth robust efforts to take the University to a new level of excellence. Through the implementation of the Strategic Plan 2018-28, we have identified ways to provide the best student experience, and we have also renewed our research focus and brought in top talent from around the world in a wide range of diversified disciplines under the Talent100 initiative. More importantly, he boldly steered us through the storm over the past two years, enabling the University to thrive on its long-term mission. He is truly a visionary leader.