Bulletin No. 2, 2020

Farewell to Professor Lawrence J. Lau   37  J. Lau In 2005, CUHK joined the National Unified Universities and Colleges Entrance Examination System to recruit top students from all over China. In 2006, the University began to offer double- degree options to students. Five new Colleges, namely, Morningside, S.H. Ho, C.W. Chu, Wu Yee Sun, and Lee Woo Sing were established during his term of office. To enhance cross-border collaboration, the CAS- CUHK Shenzhen Institute of Advanced Integration Technology was established. The University also signed a memorandum of understanding with Shenzhen Municipal Government to explore the possibility of setting up a CUHK campus in Shenzhen. And with the aim of charting a sustainable future for our campus, CUHK completed its Campus Master Planning. During Professor Lau’s vice-chancellorship, more than HK$3 billion was raised to support the development of the University. Dr. Cheng presented a replica of the CUHK emblem to Professor Lau as a souvenir at the farewell party. He said, ‘Professor Lau is a visionary with a global outlook. Under his leadership, we witnessed the development of CUHK into a prestigious university in Asia.’ Professor Lau’s successor Professor Joseph J.Y. Sung said, ‘Thanks to the six years of his vice-chancellorship, the University has made outstanding achievements and enjoys a high reputation.’ Professor Lau thanked Dr. Cheng, Council members, staff, students and alumni of the University for their support in the past six years, saying, ‘I always see myself as a member of the CUHK community and will continue to offer my service to the University.’ After stepping down as Vice-Chancellor, he still serves as the Ralph and Claire Landau Professor of Economics at the Institute of Global Economics and Finance.