Newsletter No. 13

CUHK Newsletter 中大通訊 Vol.1 No. 13 December 1990 , 90 Open Day S ome 150,000 members of the public were attracted to the campus on 10th and 11th November when the University held its first open day in the 1990s. After a traditional lion's dance in the University Mall, the official opening ceremony began at 2.00 p.m. on 10th November. Officiating guests included the Hon. Rosanna Tam, Legislative Councillor; Prof. Charles K. Kao, the vice-chancellor; Mr. Thomas H. C. Cheung, president of the Federation of Alumni Associations; and Miss Lui Suet-wan, president of the Chinese University Student Union. The two-day function was jointly organized by the University Student Union and the student unions of the constituent colleges. The University Mall was amajor activity centre on both days. Departmental societies and interest groups put up exhibitions on various themes and students of the science and medical faculties performed interesting scientific experiments. The Registry set up a stall to explain the University's curriculum structure and admission policies and the University Press ran a counter to sell books published by the University. Many buildings around the Mall were open to visitors and long queues were seen in front of the University Library, the Art Gallery, the Computer Centre, the Science Centre and the Basic Medical Sciences Building. Large crowds were also drawn to the roof top of the Lady Shaw Building to watch modem dance performances, drama, and Chinese martial art demonstrations. Others enthusiastically took part in an open forum organized nearby on direct elections in 1991. In Room 103 of the John Fulton Centre, a debate on whether the last governor in Hong Kong should be a Chinese attracted a full house. The debate was conducted in Cantonese between two teams consisting of one academic staff, one student, and one Legislative Councillor each. The Hon. Rosanna Tamand Szeto Wah were the two guest speakers from the Legislative Council. It was clear from the reactions of the audience that the debate was considered lively and entertaining. On top of all these features, six public lectures were delivered over two days by academic staff members in the Science Centre. Topics included ‘In-vitro Fertilization', 'Tomorrow's Managers in Hong Kong', 'Culture and Life', Modem Materials', The Impact of Information Technology and Politics on Press Freedom', and 'Information 一 P r i n c i p l e , Technology, Application'. The four constituent colleges also organized various performances and game stalls in their respective campuses. Student hostels were naturally open to visitors。 All in all, the function was a successful attempt to let the public know more about the University and its students. The University's next open day will be held three years later in 1993. 1