HKBU Symphony Orchestra presents its Annual Gala Concert 2021
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The Hong Kong Baptist University Symphony Orchestra held its Annual Gala Concert on 16 July 2021 in the Concert Hall of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Conducted by Professor Johnny Poon, the Orchestra’s Music Director, the Concert featured renowned pianist Mr Patrick Lui, bassist Mr Sylvain Gagnon, drummer Mr Nate Wong, sheng virtuoso Mr Wei Shen-fu, and erhuist Mr Chu Wan-pin, presenting a wide array of musical genres which ranged from classical music to jazz.

HKBU hosts QS APPLE Conference
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The Quacquarelli Symonds Asia-Pacific Professional Leaders in Education (QS APPLE) Conference, hosted by HKBU and co-hosted by Prince of Songkla University in Thailand, was held virtually from 1 to 3 November 2021 with the theme “Future Rebalance: Emerging trends and workforce in the Asia Pacific”. The Conference featured more than 80 distinguished speakers from world-leading universities and organisations, and the programme included keynote speeches, debates, panel discussions and case studies that reflected the opportunities and trends in education in the Asia-Pacific region.

HKBU awards honorary doctoral degrees
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At the Commencement and Honorary Doctoral Degree Conferment Ceremony held on 22 November 2021, HKBU conferred honorary doctoral degrees on four distinguished persons. Professor Steven Chu, Professor Ding Jian and Professor Alan B. Rickinson received the degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa. Dr David Ho was awarded the degree of Doctor of Social Sciences, honoris causa.

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In addition, Dr Chow Yun-fat was conferred the degree of Doctor of Humanities, honoris causa at a ceremony held earlier on 7 August 2021.

HKBU confers Honorary University Fellowships
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HKBU conferred the Honorary University Fellowships upon seven distinguished persons on 17 September 2021 in recognition of their significant contributions to society and staunch support for the University. The recipients were Mr Edmund Au, Professor Bridie Raban, Ms Shi Nan-sun, Professor Shu Chi-wang, Ms Eileen Tsui, Mr Jaap van Zweden and Ms Wu Man.

The Chief Executive visits HKBU
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Mrs Carrie Lam, the then Chief Executive of HKSAR, visited HKBU and met with the University’s senior management on 19 July 2021 to learn more about the University’s latest developments. Accompanied by Dr Clement Chen, Chairman of the Council and the Court of HKBU, Professor Alexander Wai, President and Vice-Chancellor of HKBU, and members of the University’s senior management team, Mrs Lam visited the laboratories and research centres of the School of Chinese Medicine as well as the Academy of Music’s Laboratory for Immersive Arts and Technology.

Outstanding HKBU athletes share their Olympic journeys
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On 18 October 2021, four outstanding HKBU athletes, namely Sarah Lee, Daniel Chan, Chan Chung-wang and Ho Yuen-kei, attended the “Homecoming Gathering for HKBU Athletes in Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games-cum-Social Sciences in Dialogue” event. At the event, the four athletes shared their path to success and their respective Olympic and Paralympic journeys.

Grand Bazaar event brings Turkish cultural traditions to campus
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The University organised the “Hoşgeldiniz! Grand Bazaar, Istanbul” event on 23 November 2021 under the Consul-General-in-Residence Programme, and it gave over 1,000 participants an exhilarating cultural experience on campus. The exotic Bazaar, which aimed to promote cultural exchange in a dynamic way, featured a wide array of activities, ranging from traditional snack sampling to Ebru art painting, “evil eye” bracelet weaving and the appreciation of Turkish handicrafts.

HKBU forum explores next-generation art technologies
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HKBU held the Next-Generation Art Technologies Forum on 31 August 2021, bringing together experts from industry, academia and government to discuss the fusion of science, technology and art, and the opportunities opened up by the new era of art-tech. The Forum was co-organised by the Cameron Pace Group – China, a 3D technology and production company led by renowned movie director James Cameron; the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne of Switzerland; and the School of Creative Media at the City University of Hong Kong.