Bulletin Vol. 1 No. 4 Oct 1964

T H E C H I N E S E U N I V E R S I T Y O F H O N G K O N G T H E U N I V E R S I T Y BULLETIN V O L U M E O N E • O C T O B E R 1 9 6 4 • N U M B E R F O U R CONTENTS Page A Degree is N o t a Licenc e 1 A t the G r a d u a t i on D i n n er 2 Graduates and Diplomates 2 T h e F o r ma t i on of the Senate 3 Campus Planning Comm i t t ee 3 De f e rme nt of Retirement for One Year 4 Readmission of Pre-1960 Graduates 4 Professors Ho n o u r ed 4 Student Welfare Comm i t t ee 4 N e w Memb er of the Co u n c il 5 Delegation to Japan 5 College Vice-Presidents 5 N e w University Staff 6 Comings and Goings 7 College Reports 7 Commo nwe a l th Scholarship and Fellowship 10 A DEGREE IS NOT A L ICENCE ( T h e f o l l ow i ng is the text of a speech delivered by the Chancellor, H . E. the Governor Sir Da v id T r e n c h, at the T h i r d Congregation fo r the conferment of degrees and award of diplomas on October 16. ' T o d ay the Chinese University of H o n g K o n g confers its first degrees upon its ow n graduands. T h i s therefore is an i mp o r t a nt occasion i n the history of the development of the University, comparable in its significance to the ceremonies held recently in wh i ch we installed our first Vice-Chancellor and conferred our firs t Ho n o r a ry Degrees. ‘ I t is also an importan t occasion in the lives of the y o u ng people who today receive their degrees, w i t h the added distinction of being the first t o do so. ' I am sure I speak fo r all here when 1 say we share their pleasure and expect great things f r om them in the future. T h i s is their great day, and it is to t h em I wo u ld chiefly like to speak. 'First, I wo u ld like to remin d our graduands that a degree is by no means a licence to stop learning. I t is an indication that the holder has reached a certain level of academic attainment, and is valuable as such but it should not be mistaken for more than that. 'Here I stress the words " academic attainment". Y ou have been given a certain, mos t useful level of background knowledge, and I hope also tha t i n the course of gaining your degrees you have learned how to learn, and how to t h i nk logically and dispassionately. ' O f all the gifts that the University can give you, this is the most valuable—and is, on the whole, of more importance to y ou than the mere body of knowledge you have gained. Future Potentials ' Wh e n you leave here, therefore, to go out into the world, your colleagues and your employers are entitled to expect you to be well-grounded in a general knowledge of your subject, and to be alert to learn. I t is your future potentials that w i ll be valued, not your existing abilities i n y o ur chosen careers—for these w i ll at first still be rather slight. ' Y o u w i l l have t o discover how to apply your academic knowledge to practical situations before you can claim to have mastered your new jobs, and this takes time and experience. 'So, as I have said, you must not make the mistake of t h i n k i ng you can stop learning n ow that y ou have go t your degrees; for if y o u are to realize the dormant powers that should n ow lie w i t h in you, you w i l l have to continue to study both to keep up w i t h mo d e rn developments in your field and to ensure tha t your knowledge is applied to the best advantage.