30 August, 2013
The Liberal Art University in Hong Kong
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Lingnan University held a lunch party and a dinner reception on 27 and 29 August respectively to bid farewell to President Chan Yuk-Shee, who is leaving Lingnan after six years of service. Under his leadership, Lingnan has made significant progress in achieving the goals of liberal arts education, advancing itself as one of the best liberal arts universities in the Asia-Pacific region.

Over 100 staff members joined the lunch party on 27 August. Vice-President Prof Jesús Seade expressed his enormous appreciation for President Chan’s great contributions to the University. “Prof Chan is an amazing manager, whose unique style of leadership combines very great alertness, intelligence and listening skills, which are all much needed to manage complex tasks,” he said. Please click HERE for the speech of Prof Seade.

Prof Dean Tjosvold, Academic Dean of Faculty of Business, felt happy to have worked with President Chan in the past six years, whom he said “was open-minded even under duress” and his “calm confidence helped us focus”. Please click HERE for the speech of Prof Tjosvold.

Prof William Lee, former Associate Vice-President (Academic Affairs) and Registrar, also came back to join the farewell party and expressed his deepest gratitude to President Chan.   

On 29 August, the University’s current and former Council and Court members joined a farewell dinner at World Trade Centre Club, Causeway Bay in honour of President Chan.

Council Chairman the Hon Bernard Charnwut Chan presented his heartfelt “thank you” to President Chan. He said, “Prof Chan joined the University at a time of pivotal changes in higher education when Hong Kong was moving towards a four-year university system. To make the best use of the new four-year structure, he steered extensive reforms to further enhance the breadth and depth of our curriculum, leading to a distinguished all-round liberal arts education.” 

Former Deputy Council Chairman Ms Sophia Kao Ching-chi and former Council and Court member Mr Patrick Wong Chi-kwong also gave remarks at the dinner. Ms Kao described President Chan as a true gentleman and a great person to work with, who is unassuming but quietly persuasive. Mr Wong praised President Chan’s efforts in uniting Lingnanians.

A short video capturing some of the important and precious moments of President Chan at Lingnan was shown at the dinner. A mini figurine of President Chan was presented to him as a special gift in appreciation of his dedication and contributions to the University.