CUHK Business School’s inaugural Alumni Appreciation Ceremony concluded on 29 June in LT1A at the Cheng Yu Tung Building, to great acclaim. The purpose of the event was to express appreciation to alumni volunteers who have supported the School through various initiatives over the past academic year. The response was overwhelming, and almost 230 participants made it a full house. This included more than 100 alumni awardees who were accompanied by their family and friends, as well as faculty members during this special occasion.
“I’m amazed that over 600 alumni volunteers supported the School last year in many different ways, be it as a mentor or speaker sharing valuable experience with students, as an interviewer or recruiter assisting with admission interviews or offering placements and internships, or even as a donor or sponsor supporting students’ learning opportunities,” said Prof. Kalok Chan, Dean of CUHK Business School in his opening remarks. “Every single act of giving, no matter how big or small it seems, truly supports the School. This gives us a good reason for hosting this inaugural ceremony to reciprocate your generosity.”
Guests then had the opportunity to hear two alumni awardees ― Mr. Boris Ng (BBA in Integrated BBA 2014) and Ms. Daisy Cheng (MBA 1981) who shared their experience volunteering as alumni ambassadors and the rewards they gained by giving back to the School. Boris is an Associate at BlackRock and has actively volunteered as an interviewer, trainer and speaker for undergraduate programmes. Daisy was previously the Hong Kong Managing Director of BNP Paribas and recently came out of retirement to start her own company. She has been a long-standing MBA mentor since 2007. Daisy also invited her classmate Mr. Raymond So, President of CUHK Shanghai Alumni Association, for an amusing chat about the old days they treasured when studying for their MBAs some 38 years ago! This entertaining and inspiring sharing session prompted thunderous applause from the floor.
Mr. Boris Ng (IBBA 2014) shares with the audience his amazing volunteering journey and the awards he gained through giving
Ms. Daisy Cheng (MBA 1981) joins her classmate Raymond So for an amusing chat about the old days at the School some 38 years ago!
Finally, the moment everyone had been waiting for arrived – the awards presentation with group photos taken onstage for over 100 alumni awardees, joined as they were by their beloved teachers. All basked in this happy moment, and were proud to have their family and friends watching them. A cocktail reception followed so that alumni and guests could enjoy memorable moments together, and each awardee received a specially designed appreciation certificate and a School souvenir.
During the award presentation, alumni awardees from various BBA programmes happily take a group photo with Dean Prof. Kalok Chan (far left); Ms. Gentiana Cheung (6th from left), Director of BBA in Hospitality and Real Estate Programme; Prof. Andy Wong (6th from right), Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies; Ms. Florence Lai (4th from right), Administrative Director of Alumni and Corporate Affairs Office; and Ms. Elaine Tam (2nd from right), Administrative Director of Undergraduate Office.
Ms. Florence Lai, Administrative Director of the Alumni and Corporate Affairs Office, remarked, “This is our first time to host this appreciation event for our dedicated alumni volunteers. When we saw their happy faces during this special moment, joined as they were by their family and friends, it was clear that all our efforts have paid off. Certainly, we will organise this event again to express our deep gratitude to alumni for continuously supporting their alma mater.”
This article is first published by the Alumni and Corporate Affairs Office, CUHK Business School.