United College records with deep sadness the passing away of our Permanent Trustee, Dr. the Hon. P.C. Woo, on 30 April 2008.
Dr. the Hon. P.C. Woo was a prominent legal figure and was the President of the Law Society. He was also active in community service and had been the former executive councilor and legislator and was honoured the Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE).
Dr. Woo gave his staunch support to the University as a member of the Provisional Council of the University, member of the University Council and Vice-Chairman of the University Council as well as Chairman of the Campus Planning and Building Committee of the University. He had also served on various Council Committees over the years. Dr. Woo was also committed to the development of United College and assisted Dr. T.C. Cheng to establish the United College Endowment Fund Committee, helped to enhance College facilities and laid a solid foundation for United College to flourish over the years. He was the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the College from 1972 to 1983. He was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws and appointed a Life Member of the Council of the University as well as Permanent Trustee of United College. A non-residential hall of United College was also named after Dr. Woo in recognition of his remarkable leadership and contribution.
Dr. Woo had been closely associated with United College and the University for over 40 years and had made distinguished contributions. His significant accomplishments to the development of the tertiary education in Hong Kong will be forever cherished.
Permanent Honorary Chairman Honoured with a Lifetime Honorary Award from the China Charity Awards 2007
Dr the Honourable Run Run Shaw, Permanent Honorary Chairman of Board of Trustees, United College, was honoured with a lifetime honorary award from the Ministry of Civil Affairs of the People's Republic of China for contributions to China's charities. The China Charity Award is the most prestigious philanthropy award in Mainland China.
Our warmest congratulations to Dr the Honorable Run Run Shaw!
聯合書院一向重視學生輔導，希望能在學業、生活以至身心健康各方面協助有需要的同學，年來一直構思設立一個在宿舍層面(包括走讀生舍堂在內)的導修計劃。為進一步了解同學的需要，去年十一月，書院於書院聚會時間向同學進行問卷調查，目的是了解聯合書院學生在成長、學業、交友以及經濟四個方面所面對的問題，作為書院組織學生導修計劃的基礎。結果發現約半數同學對自己有很多不滿的地方，常擔心自己會失敗，亦有約半數同學認為學校的師生關係非常疏離，超過五成的同學常擔心自己的前途，這反映出同學無論在生活或學業上都充滿壓力。有鑑於此，書院認為必須正視學生情緒及學業上的問題，決定成立「聯合書院張煊昌博士導修計劃」，由書院導師及宿舍樓導師合作，結合年輕人喜歡於網上交流意見的特點，設立一個網上平台「聯合講 場」，供同學發表己見，抒發情緒，與書院導師及宿舍樓導師進行交流，以導修的形式，協助解決日常生活或學習上的疑難。網址為 http://www.cuhk.edu.hk/uc/ucforum。
United College Dr Thomas Cheung Tutorial Scheme Kick-off Ceremony
The Kick-off Ceremony of the United College Dr Thomas Cheung Tutorial Scheme took place on 19 April 2008. The officiating party comprised Dr Thomas Cheung, Vice-Chairman of the United College Board of Trustees, Chairman of the United College Endowment Fund Committee, President of the United College Alumni Association and Donor of the United College Tutorial Scheme; Professor Fung Kwok Pui, Head of United College and Professor Chang Song Hing, Convenor of the Working Group on Tutorial Scheme. Attending the ceremony were members of the Working Group on Tutorial Scheme, officers of the College as well as resident tutors and students. The ceremony concluded with a tea reception in the non-residential hall.
United College has pledged, through its mission statement, to provide pastoral care to all its students, offering them help in their academic pursuits, guiding them towards better mental and physical health and generally preparing them for the life ahead. In the past year or so, the College had a cause to plan for the establishment of a tutorial scheme that operates at the residential hall level. A questionnaire was distributed last November to the students to gauge their needs, their views and their reactions to such a scheme. The questionnaire was designed to find out the problems the students most frequently face in their studies, the difficulties they encounter in making friends, in meeting their financial obligations and the setbacks perceived in their personal development. The results show that some 50% of the respondents have been under a great deal of stress. More than half of the students answering the questionnaire had low opinions of themselves, they feel alienated, they fear that they are doomed to fail in their pursuits, and they worry about their future. The College was of course concerned with these revelations and was quite determined to tackle the problem by establishing the UC Forum under the support of the "United College Dr Thomas Cheung Tutorial Scheme". The Forum consists of a networked platform managed by the College tutors and resident tutors. It takes advantage of the young people's affinity to the internet and opens up an electronic venue where the College's staff and students alike can freely speak their minds, vent their feelings, share their experiences and help each other with their problems in a tutorial setting. The website is http://www.cuhk.edu.hk/uc/ucforum.
100th Meeting of the Assembly of Fellows
The 100th Meeting of the Assembly of Fellows will be held on Friday, 6 June 2008 at 11:00am in the College Board Room.
"Art East and West" Workshop
"Art East and West" Workshop, led by Professor Lee Hon Ching, Artist-in-Residence of United College in 2007-08, and Dr Cheung Wai Yee, Part-time Lecturer, Department of Fine Arts, concluded successfully on 9 April 2008. The Workshop covered the two main streams in Chinese and Western Art. Participants learned a lot from the lectures as well as got hands-on experience in printmaking under Professor Lee's instruction.