Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) held the Inauguration Ceremony of Endowed Professorships 2020 today (24 August) to confer Endowed Professorship and Endowed Associate Professorship titles on four distinguished scholars, and acknowledge the tremendous support of their respective donors.
Presided over by Dr Clement Chen Cheng-jen, Chairman of the Council and the Court of HKBU, the ceremony saw the conferment of endowed titles on four scholars including (in alphabetical order of discipline): Professor Jia Wei, Cheung On Tak Endowed Professor in Chinese Medicine; Dr Han Quanbin, Vincent V.C. Woo Endowed Associate Professor in Chinese Medicine; Professor Man Shu-sum, Dr Hung Yeung Pong Wah Endowed Professor in Film and Television; and Professor Johnny Poon Ming-lun, Dr Hung Hin Shiu Endowed Professor in Music.
This year, the University introduced the category of Endowed Associate Professorship to the Endowed Professorships Scheme to expand the level of support and enable more aspiring scholars to conduct top-tier research. Endowed Professorships and Endowed Associate Professorships are among the highest honours that can be bestowed upon prominent academics at HKBU in recognition of their accomplishments and in support of their scholarly endeavours.
In his welcome address, Professor Roland Chin, President and Vice-Chancellor of HKBU, expressed the University’s deepest gratitude to the donors for their generous support. This year’s Endowed Professorships and Endowed Associate Professorship were established with the support of the Cheung On Tak Charity Foundation, Hung Hin Shiu Charitable Foundation Limited and the Vincent and Lily Woo Foundation.
“To bolster our capacity, our University builds interdisciplinary research laboratories and invests in people, in particular through the Talent100 Initiative. The Endowed Professorships Scheme is essential for enlarging and enriching our global talent pool. With the crucial funds provided by the Scheme, I am certain that our first-class scholars will develop and discover still more novel solutions that will make impactful contributions to society and the world at large,” said Professor Chin.
HKBU launched the Endowed Professorships Scheme in 2006 with the aim of recruiting and retaining the world’s top scholars, thereby strengthening the University’s research capacity, extending the frontiers of knowledge, and nurturing upcoming talent and leaders for society. The Scheme also provides remarkable opportunities for visionary donors to partner with the University in advancing ground-breaking research and academic excellence in their chosen disciplines for the betterment of humankind.