Dr Thomas H C Cheung, Chairman of the
United College 60th Anniversary Celebration Steering Committee
2016-2017 is a year of great joy for United College, celebrating its 60th year since its foundation by the amalgamation of five private colleges: Canton Overseas, Kwang Hsia, Wah Kiu, Wen Hua and Ping Jing in 1956. The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) was later inaugurated, with United College being one of its founding Colleges. CUHK has since been the only tertiary institution in Hong Kong with a unique college system.
Social development nowadays advances in huge strides. Whether it is lifestyle, industry, or education, continuous innovation is an essential coupling. In response to the needs of Hong Kong society, United College pioneered and founded the Departments of Government and Public Administration, Electronic Engineering in 1970, as well as Biochemistry in 1971. It has continued to nurture young talents for Hong Kong community and also played a pivotal role in assisting CUHK’s developments all over the past sixty years. These are just some of the main events showing the leadership of United College, in line with our slogan of “Together We Innovate, United We Advance” in our 60th Anniversary celebrations.
Bringing together more than three hundred staff members, twenty-four thousand alumni, three thousand students and members of the community, we hope to manifest the spirit of United College: Innovation, Multiculturalism and Unity, through various Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Living up to the founding commitment of our forerunners, United College will continue to uphold the motto “Ming De Xin Min” by nurturing young talents to serve the Hong Kong society.
Celebratory events begin in November 2015. I look forward to the support of the College and the whole University members in the implementation of our celebratory plans. I also wish every one of you a most enjoyable time taking part in our celebrations and sharing in our joy in exemplifying the United College Spirit!
Thomas H C Cheung
Chairman of United College Board of Trustees and
Chairman of the United College 60th Anniversary Celebration Steering Committee