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Editor's Note

Under the 3+3+4 curriculum, freshmen tend to be younger. At the start of the academic year, the campus brims with curious adolescents looking like they're barely out of secondary school, chasing school buses or lining up outside cafeterias.

The university will be where they grow up and mature. Year 1 medical students, only 18 years old, don their white coats and take the oath to uphold professional ethics. But before entering the ward, they stop in the autopsy room. Confucius said, 'If you do not know life, how can you know death?' The reverse can also be true. Working face to face with death on a daily basis, the University's embalmer Ng Kwai-lun Pasu shares how he gets inspiration for life from the eternal sleep.

The University knows that any profession needs checks and balances. CUHK founded Hong Kong's first bioethics centre to provide ethics education to medical students and students of other disciplines. Professors Fok Tai-fai and Francis Chan talk to us about the vision and mission of the centre.

Job requirements may change but real substance remains the foundation of any career. Mr. H. discusses the importance of discretion in this issue.


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