A Word to Freshmen
Dr. Eddie K.W. Ho, Director of Student Affairs
University life is generally believed to be a delightful honeymoon,
a time when students no longer have to contend with piles of assignments
and coursework. During secondary school, you may have spent most
of your time in classrooms and received a passive, unidirectional
education. University education uses, in contrast, an interactive
method which develops critical and creative thinking and also encourages
you to step out of the classroom and experience the real world.
This experience marks the beginning of a new chapter, in which you
learn to transform yourself to attain to the next stage of life
by overcoming new challenges.. Through active participation in co-curricular
activities and involvement in university life, you will realise
that the University plays an important role in your holistic development
and that the campus is also an ideal venue for learning and gaining
"Whole person education" has been our distinctive mission.
The University does not pursue academic excellence only, but instead
places equal emphasis on your ethical standards and whole person
development, especially in developing your Reflective Intelligence,
Instrumental Intelligence, Social Intelligence and Emotional Intelligence.
You will be proud and excited when you finally step up to the platform
in your graduation gown, to receive your diploma accompanied by
your "Student Development Portfolio" (http://sa.hkbu.edu.hk/career/sdp/).
The "Student Development Portfolio" is not simply another
document to present to an employer, but rather reflects the totality
of what you have gained and experienced through life at the university
in addition to academic excellence. To build your portfolio, the
University provides a wide range of development programmes, from
leadership training and experiential learning to social service
programmes, allowing you to enrich your store of experiences, develop
your talents, discover a sense of mission and learn how to set and
achieve your goals. I hope you will seize every opportunity to broaden
your horizons, and equip yourself for the future by taking part
in many different kinds of co-curricular activities.
There is an old Chinese saying, "Jade cannot be polished without
friction, nor man perfected without trials" If you aspire to
have a better plan for your university life, develop your potential
and become better-equipped for the future, it is of paramount importance
that you read this U-life guide presented by our Office and have
a full understanding of the development programmes it describes.
Strengthen yourself for the future by taking action today!
Eddie K.W. Ho, PhD
Director of Student Affairs