On 30 August 2021, over 750 newly admitted undergraduates of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) Business School officially started a new chapter of life at the Inauguration Ceremony, with the presence of guest of honour Mr. Eddie Yue, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority and CUHK BBA alumnus.
As the tradition of CUHK Business School, an Inauguration Ceremony was held at Sir Run Run Shaw Hall to welcome the undergraduate freshmen to the School’s community. Prof. Lin Zhou, Dean of CUHK Business School and Choh-Ming Li Professor of Economics, Dr. Fred Ku, Associate Dean (Undergraduate Studies) of CUHK Business School and Mr. Eddie Yue, took turns to motivate students with words of wisdom on how to maximise their university life.
Dean Zhou delivered an opening speech to welcome freshmen from 19 countries and regions, including Australia, Canada, Mainland China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, the United States, Vietnam and Zimbabwe. He advised the students that they should embrace three key attributes: agility, vigilance and resilience throughout their university journey to stay ahead of the game.
Prof. Zhou said, “Agility is essential in the ever-changing business world, as being able to flex allows you to adapt to complex environments and react swiftly to changes. Vigilance refers to as keeping abreast of everything happening around us, you can gain better foresight to manage turbulence when it comes. Resilience is your survival ability to persist in obstacles under adversity.”
In recognition for his outstanding leadership and highly influential societal impact, Mr. Eddie Yue (BBA 1986), Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, was nominated as the Beta Gamma Sigma CUHK Chapter Honoree of 2021. He shared with the freshmen three takeaways from his life journey: “The first takeaway is to keep moving. Each time life takes a turn that you did not expect, don’t just stand still. Keep moving, do anything, do something, even if it may not seem to make sense at that time. The next one is to strive for excellence, not perfection. Do things well, do things with earnestness, but do not get bogged down by an idea of perfection because there is no such thing. My third takeaway is to always be curious. When you step out into the real world, keep learning new skills – whether it’s a soft skill such as negotiation or public speaking, or a technical skill relevant to your work. The only way to keep moving and to strive for excellence is to constantly add new tools in your toolbox.”
Dr. Ku shared with the freshmen some practical tips as simple as “ABC”. He said, “’A’ stands for active. Learning in university does not only happen in the classroom, and there are lots of opportunities out of the lecture hall. ‘B’ is for broad-minded. Try something different and learn something new. ‘C’ represents connected. Communicate with your classmates and make some friends.” Finally, Dr. Fu concluded the ceremony by encouraging the students, “Define your own success. Don’t limit yourself by the stereotype. We want you to be a successful person in a way you’d prefer.”
Followed by the badge presentation ceremony, Dean Zhou, Dr. Ku, Mr. Eddie Yue and undergraduate programme directors presented a badge to each of the freshmen. It is a tangible symbol signifying the responsibility, professionalism and commitment that our students have embarked upon, as well as to celebrate the formal transition of our students into the business profession.
A badge presentation ceremony was also held for the first time to celebrate the formal transition of our students into business profession.