SHKP-Kwoks' Foundation co-organizes an inter-university event with Nanjing University
The SHKP-Kwoks' Foundation (the Foundation) recently co-organized with Nanjing University an inter-university exchange event for alumni and teachers. About 100 participants from 20 universities took part in the event.
Adhering to the Group's Building Homes with Heart philosophy, the SHKP-Kwoks' Foundation supports education, social service and cultural heritage preservation. The event included a seminar, a workshop and an alumni gathering at which the work of the SHKP-Kwoks' Foundation Inter-university Alumni Association (the Association) were shared. Participating universities included: Nanjing University, Peking University, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Zhejiang University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Tongji University, Southeast University, Sun Yat-sen University, Tianjin University, Xi'an Jiaotong University, Fudan University, Hunan University, Northwest University, Chongqing University, Southwest University, Guizhou University, Harbin Institute of Technology, Northeast Normal University, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, and Zhejiang University of Science and Technology.
At the welcoming ceremony, Nanjing University Party Committee Deputy Secretary Xue Hailin talked about the university's good long-term partnership with SHKP and the Foundation. He also took the opportunity to highly commend the Foundation's continuous support for higher education over the years. According to Xue, the Foundation's support and its rigorous management standards helped many outstanding students' dreams come true and improve the universities’ sponsorship management. He said he looks forward to seeing the graduates unleash their potential and promote the charitable spirit of helping others in the future.
At the opening of the event, SHKP-Kwoks' Foundation Director Terry Li showcased the efforts and results of different partnering institutions in promoting the Association. He also talked about the future development of the Association and invited academics and stakeholders to share their experience and views so that the charity work can keep up with the times and be conducted in an innovative way.
Later, Nanjing University Student Affairs Department Deputy Head Jiang Enming, Hunan University Education Foundation Secretary-General Deng Lihua, and Tianjin University Peiyang Education Development Foundation Deputy Secretary-General Pan Xiaorui talked about how they sought to connect the alumni and offered suggestions on how to further strengthen the ties. Some touching stories of the graduates were also shared.
The inter-university event also included a workshop for university teachers and an alumni social gathering. At the workshop, the teachers carried out in-depth exchanges in a relaxing and joyful atmosphere. And at the gathering, which was hosted by Tan Qiangqiang, the person-in-charge of the Association and a Hunan University alumnus, the beneficiary students from different grade levels and various universities across the country shared their experiences and life journeys, and expressed their gratitude. Backed by the fruitful discussion, the Association is about to launch a new milestone.
Since its establishment nearly two decades ago, the SHKP-Kwoks' Foundation has created and sponsored more than 60 projects, benefitting people from over 20 provinces and cities across the country, and has donated more than RMB700 million, which has benefitted about 9,000 graduates.
SHKP Reading Club’s Read & Share programme celebrates five fruitful years
470 reading activities held in 189 primary and secondary schools across Hong Kong
Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited’s SHKP Reading Club actively promotes the joy of reading in primary and secondary schools, and caters for the different needs of teachers regarding reading promotion through its Read & Share programme. During the previous school year, the SHKP Reading Club organized 146 activities for about 40,000 teachers and students. To celebrate the fruitful results, an award presentation ceremony was held recently to acknowledge the efforts of the schools, teachers and students who participated in the programme, and to announce new initiatives for the coming school year.
This year, 71 teachers and students received the Outstanding Performance Awards in recognition of their excellent performance or progress in promoting reading and participating in reading activities in the previous year. Shek Wu Hui Public School in Sheung Shui received the Most Active Participation Award for their enthusiastic support of the programme for the 2018-2019 school year. The Read & Share programme also encouraged students to unleash their creativity through a writing competition themed 'My Invention', which received over 1,400 entries. The Gold Award winner in the junior primary category, Wong Kin-nam from Hong Kong And Macau Lutheran Church Ming Tao Primary School, cited his missing teeth, an experience that resonates with many children of the same age, as the inspiration behind his invention, a 'Magic Denture Sticker for Children'. The Gold Award winner in the senior primary category, Leung Hang-miu from Po Leung Kuk Castar Primary School, came up with the idea of a 'Healing Sticker', with an all-purpose repair function after participating in volunteer activities. She said she hoped her invention would help elderly singletons repair damaged furniture and electrical appliances.
SHKP Reading Club has partnered with the Hong Kong Aided Primary School Heads Association (HKAPSHA) to organize the Read & Share programme since 2014. In the past five years, the programme has held 470 interesting interactive activities in 189 primary and secondary schools. Activities include writer sharing sessions, creative workshops, off-campus visits and mobile bookshelves, creating a joyful reading experience for more than 130,000 teachers and students.
During the previous school year, 23 writers and celebrities were invited to SHKP Reading Club reading activities on school campuses: HKAPSHA Honorary Chairman Leung Siu-tong; singer-songwriter Hanjin Tan; STEM education expert Tang Man-hon (a.k.a. STEM Sir); university lecturers and guest hosts on the TV programme 'Sidewalk Scientist' Dr Jason Chan (a.k.a. Dr Fire) and Dr Dominic Tong; director of Weather Underground of Hong Kong Clarence Fong; sci-fi author Albert Tam; CRHK radio host Vincent Wong; founder of an AI technologies start-up Thomas Wong; youth magazine editor Ng Tsz-ning; online fiction writer Middle; travel veterans James Hong, Sharpe Law, Linus Cheng, Daniel Cheung, Jamie Cheung and Rubio Chan; and SHKP Young Writers' Debut Competition winners Matthew Cheng, Suki Yu, Tong Yui, Fontane Yiu, Brown White and Lam Siu-lung. A number of international exchange students from AFS Intercultural Exchanges also took part in the Read & Share programme to interact with local students, broadening their worldview and enhancing their knowledge of the English reading world.
In the new school year, the Read & Share programme will return with a brand-new look, using more direct and flexible ways to help teachers promote reading at school. The programme is designed for primary and secondary schools in Hong Kong, and all activities are free of charge.
About the SHKP Reading Club
SHKP believes in Building Homes with Heart while promoting reading and holistic development. The Group established the SHKP Reading Club in 2013 to consolidate its reading-related initiatives such as seminars by renowned speakers and guided cultural tours to inspire more people to enjoy reading and make it a habit. Those interested in becoming a member are welcome to register for free at: www.shkpreadingclub.com.