Bulletin Vol. 5 No. 3 Nov 1968

WORKSHOP ON HIGHER EDUCATION Vice-Chancellor Choh-M ing L i attended a conference of the Planning Committee fo r a W o rk shop on Higher Education in Asian Colleges and Universities held in Hong Kong from 5th to 12th November, 1968. Eleven countries were represented. The Conference decided to hold an Asian Workshop on H igher Education on 18th — 30th August, 1969, at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, inviting over 20 universities and colleges to attend. This w ill be the first workshop of its kind to be held in South-East Asia. D r. L i was elected D irector of the Workshop. He w ill be assisted by Professor S.S. Hsueh as Associate D irector and Mrs. L ilian Chang Lee as Executive Assistant. INAUGURAL CONFERENCE OF CHINESE LANGUAGE PRESS INSTITUTE On 18th November, D r. L i delivered the opening address at the Inaugural Conference of the Chinese Language Press Institute held in Hong Kong. The text of his speech is as follows: It is a great honour to me to be invited to participate in the inaugural conference of the Chinese Language Press Institute. Chinese-language newspapers have had a long history, making significant contributions in many parts of the world. Because of their wide geographical dispersion there has been very little opportunity fo r people working in Chinese-language newspapers to get together to exchange their experiences and to seek technical co-operation among themselves. J trust that the establishment o f the Chinese Language Press Institute is precisely to meet this need, thus marking the beginning of close co-operation among Chinese-language news papers in the world and introducing a new page in the history o f Chinese-language press. Nowadays newspapers have become a daily necessity to the people. The public expectations of newspapers are more and more exacting; the public expect to find in the newspapers the most fresh, detailed and accurate reporting. In order to meet this demand, newspapers have constantly striven fo r improvement. I recall that two years ago a meeting here in Hong Kong of Southeast Asian Chinese Language Newspapers went into many practical problems, such as the proper training of press personnel, the mechanization of type-setting, the development o f Chinese presses as modern business enterprises, the promotion o f geographical co­ operation, etc. The accounts o f these deliberations given in the Chinese language newspapers in Hong Kong at that time revealed that many creative ideas emerged from that meeting. Chinese language is unquestionably one of the most beautiful languages in the world. But today when the public demands prompt service, mechani­ zation o f type-setting fo r Chinese newspapers as well as modernization o f management is urgently crying fo r a solution. Indeed, mechanization and moderni zation may well be the crux o f all problems fo r the Chinese language press everywhere. I hope that the Institute w ill soon play the lead in finding the proper solutions fo r them. W ith the common objective of serving the public and promoting public welfare, both the Chinese language press and The Chinese University o f Hong Kong have maintained very close relations w ith each other. Three years ago, having obtained the support o f Chinese and English newspapers in Hong Kong, the University set up a Department of. Journalism at New Asia College and a Mass Com munications Research Centre. In order to foster a close working relationship w ith the mass media, an Advisory Board consisting of all the major publishers and editors in Hong Kong has also been instituted, which has proved itself very useful in helping the University train a group of high-quality, idealistic and capable workers fo r the mass media. Up to now two classes o f students have graduated from the Department of Journalism, and most o f them are working fo r newspapers and other mass media in Hong Kong. There w ill doubtless be more and more Chinese University graduates in the future who w ill dedicate themselves to journalism. I very much hope, too, that the Mass Communications Research Centre w ill be able to work w ith the Chinese Language Press Institute in the common endeavour o f promoting modernization of the Chinese press around the world. It may also be pointed out that The Chinese University is dedicated not only to transm itting and increasing knowledge, but to enriching the Chinese culture as well. For this latter objective the relationship between The Chinese University and the Chinese language presses of the world becomes particularly close. We all know that the Chinese culture is among the oldest in the world, w ith a continuous, uninterrupted history up to the present, and stands as one of the most important links in the chain of world civilizations. That explains why 一 2 —