I am a strong supporter of sports and good sportsmanship. These two ingredients help the human community flourish. So you can understand my delight upon hearing that our men’s and women’s teams have won their 9th Grand Slam in the intervarsity competitions organised by the University Sports Federation of Hong Kong, China (USFHK) for the 2016/17 season. Against fierce competition and intense pressure, our team captured a total of 12 championships while 11 CityU athletes were named “Most Valuable Player” in their respective events. In addition, the titles of the USFHK Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year went to Yip Tsz-fung, a business student at CityU and the world’s No. 32 squash player, and Chung Chui-ting, an applied social sciences student and the world’s No. 5 woodball player, respectively.
We must pause to applaud all the coaches and team managers in the Physical Education Section of Student Development Services. They have nurtured our student athletes with great dedication, and instilled in them a strong sense of team spirit and sportsmanship. Their success powerfully illustrates our students’ immense potential to excel when given the necessary support and encouragement.
Meanwhile, I wrote a welcome message in January last year in support of the International Society, an association of the Students’ Union. This year I met with members of the Society to offer my encouragement. I was deeply impressed by the creative means used to integrate local and non-local students on campus. The Tour de Hong Kong, a bicycle event, and the multicultural performances at the Global Festival Night were some of the highlight events aimed at enriching our international learning environment. This student-initiated drive marks an important step forward in the development of a culture of inclusiveness at CityU. The Society has already rolled out plans for the 2017/18 academic year. Members want to reach out to more full-time freshman and exchange students, including postgraduate students. I was particularly pleased to note that they will try to hold more physical fitness activities and recruit more non-local students for the marathon.
In fact, around a dozen international students joined the CityU team at this year’s marathon. Not only that, five international students represented CityU in the inter-collegiate competition this year: a squash player from Spain, an athlete from South Africa, and two Swedes and a French runner for the cross-country team.
At the 2018 Hong Kong marathon, I will be leading the CityU team for 10th consecutive year. I look forward to more non-local students and staff running together in the spirit of unity alongside local students, staff, alumni and families in celebration of CityU’s spirit of sportsmanship.
All the best,
President and University Distinguished Professor