On October 19th, Mrs. Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, former Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, visited ECNU and delivered a fascinating lecture. Mei Bing, Chairperson of the University Council, Qian Xuhong, President of ECNU, and Gu Hongliang, Vice President of ECNU met with Mrs. Carrie Lam Yuet-ngor and her delegation.
Before the lecture, Mei Bing and Qian Xuhong held a warm discussion with Mrs. Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor at Boqun Hall near Liwa River. They extended a sincere welcome to her and introduced the university's history, academic distinctiveness, and collaboration with the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region on educational initiatives. They emphasized the university’s initiatives in promoting excellence in education, academic research and services, and accelerating the construction of a world-class university with Chinese characteristics that leads innovation in education.
Around 9:00 a.m., the lecture by Mrs. Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor officially began. Chaired by Gu Hongliang, the lecture attracted several hundred teachers and students.
Qian Xuhong delivered a welcome speech in which he expressed his deep appreciation for Mrs. Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor's contributions to the stable development of Hong Kong. He said that Hong Kong, as the first pilot for the “One Country, Two Systems” policy, has achieved significant results.
The lecture was titled “Examining the Practice of ‘One Country, Two Systems’ in Hong Kong from the Perspective of the Report to the 20th National Congress and the Spirit of the Two Sessions.” Mrs. Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor expounded on the historical background, origin, and development of the “One Country, Two Systems” policy. She also conducted a comprehensive analysis of the challenges faced during its implementation. Confronted with adversity, the Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region has consistently adhered to and improved the practice of “One Country, Two Systems.” By establishing and upholding a series of legal systems, policies, and measures, the government has fully and faithfully implemented the policy of “One Country, Two Systems”. This has marked the beginning of a new journey for Hong Kong, transitioning from governance to prosperity, shaping the future of Hong Kong.
Mrs. Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor highlighted the opportunities and challenges of education in Hong Kong and introduced various talent programs initiated by the Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. She welcomed students to come to Hong Kong for study, internships, and career development. In closing, she quoted from Li Lanqing’s Education For 1.3 Billion, saying, “Education is fundamental to a country and its people, holding paramount significance, requiring long-term efforts, and facing substantial challenges.” She encouraged all faculty and students and expressed her wish that ECNU would cultivate more outstanding talents dedicated to the country and the society.
After the lecture, she fully engaged in an exchange with the students present, showing great concern about the growth and development of young students. Mrs. Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor answered the questions posed by the students, including topics such as how mainland youth can study and develop in Hong Kong, the relationship between the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and the Yangtze River Delta region, and between Hong Kong and Shanghai, as well as her views on artificial intelligence and innovative educational reforms.
Mei Bing presented Mrs. Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor with a seal engraved by Prof. Zhang Suo from the College of Fine Arts at ECNU, once again expressing gratitude for her visit to ECNU.
On that day, Mrs. Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor also visited the University's History Museum, the Children's Brain Imaging Center, and the Institute of AI Education.
Source: International Cooperation & Exchange Division
Author: Wicky Xu
Editor: Philip Nash