Bulletin No. 2, 2020

Intellectual Cross-currents   59  Decoding the Big Bang Mystery T he University invited Prof. Albert de Roeck (4th left, front row), senior research scientist at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), to host a public lecture on 26 April 2010. Professor R o e c k i n t r o d u c e d t h e Particle Physics Programme and Large Hadron Collider to about 300 university and secondary school students. Before the lecture, Prof. Kenneth Young (5th left, front row), CUHK Pro-Vice- Chancellor and Professor of Physics, briefed the students on interesting topics in particle physics, including the Big Bang which occurred 13.7 billion years ago. Prof. Chu Ming-chung of the Department of Physics discussed with the students the latest developments in particle physics after the lecture. Ambassador of China to Indonesia on China-ASEAN Relations M s. Zhang Qiyue, former Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson, and Ambassador of China to Indonesia, was invited to host a lecture on ‘China’s F o r e i gn Po l i c y and Ch i na - A S E AN Relations’ on 8 September 2010. The lecture drew an audience of about 200. Launched in early 2010, the China- ASEAN Free Trade Area, consisting of 11 countries and a population of two billion, is the third biggest economic area in the world other than the North American Free Trade Area and the European Free Trade Area. Ms. Zhang pointed out that China and ASEAN have formalized a collaboration partnership based on mutual understanding and support, which would yield a win-win result and a stable environment for development.