Along with thousands other students in this city starting a new school year today, 800+ undergraduates of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) Business School also officially started their first day of university on 3 September 2018 morning.
After attending the university’s inauguration ceremony, students then joined the CUHK Business School Inauguration Ceremony, where Prof. Kalok Chan, Dean of CUHK Business School and Wei Lun Professor of Finance, along with Prof. Andy Wong, Associate Dean (Undergraduate Studies) and Associate Professor of Practice in Marketing of CUHK Business School, and Mr. Derek Yung, Managing Director of AllianceBernstein Taiwan, took turns to address students, giving them words of wisdom and encouragement on how to dream big and find purpose in the next four years.
Dean Kalok Chan took to the floor by welcoming students from 20 countries/regions, including Brazil, Canada, France, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Philippines, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, South Korea, Thailand, UK and US. Among this year’s diverse group of freshman were also numerous talent who excel at sports, a few of them on the Hong Kong team and admitted via the Sports Scholarship Scheme. The Dean encouraged undergraduates to embrace opportunities on campus, to be innovative, stay positive in the face of failures and setbacks, and also develop a socially responsible mindset while serving the various communities around universities.
CUHK EMBA alumnus Mr. Derek Yung, who was also inducted to the Beta Gamma Sigma (CUHK Chapter), as a chapter honoree, recounted his experience growing up, counting his blessings of being able to be admitted to one of two universities back in his day, as one of only a hundred or so business school students. He encouraged students to dream big, to be resilient, and to live a purpose-driven life during their four years in university and beyond.
Finally, Prof. Wong took to food for three analogies – water, chocolate and chicken wings – to charge students on never giving up too early and outlasting their problems, because this is what separates successful entrepreneurs with the ordinary ones; ending the Inauguration Ceremony by quoting Genevan philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau, “Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet”.