Master's Report 2013-2014

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Morningside College at The Chinese University of Hong Kong was established in 2006 with generous donations from the Morningside Foundation and Morningside Education Foundation Limited for the purpose of accommodating 300 students on a fully residential and communal dining basis.


The Morningside College Master’s Report is published annually and is circulated to all members of the University and College communities. General correspondence concerning the Report should be sent to the College Office, Morningside College, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, New Territories, Hong Kong, or by e-mail to



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Morningside College is becoming mature. Looking back over the last year, I find that we did many of the same kinds of things as the previous year, and enjoyed them just as much. Our students are performing rather well in their academic work; and many of them are active in other University and Hong Kong activities. The quality of academic performance is shown by the large number on the Master’s List, for achieving a grade point average of 3.5 or more. Some of the varied engagement in other activities is shown by music recitals by students in hall, reasonable success (for a small college) in rowing, the many service project reports successfully completed as part of our general education programme, and, in effect, by the increasing proportion of student body who go on overseas visits, either to universities or on service trips.

School, and is based in London, though we can hope to see him from time to time. JOSEPH JONES (photo, opposite page, bottom, second row, fifth from the left) – to our delight, a music scholar, though the University will not allow us to take music students - is going back to America. We are really sorry to lose them, but are quickly replacing them with new fellows it has been a pleasure to get to know. We have now expanded the Fellowship to the full number of professorial appointments we can make. DENISE HO in Chinese Studies, EMMA MACPHERSON, a physicist in the Electronic Engineering Department, SUZANNE SO, a psychologist, and SASKIA WITTEBORN, in journalism and communication, have all joined the College. We also have some new senior members of the College, teachers in the University, not qualified to be Fellows.

We still have a high proportion of mainland and international students, with many exchange students, and intend to keep it that way. All of our Junior Fellows were American this last year, but the resident tutors were suitably varied. Fellows of Morningside College come from all over the world. We have lost some this year. DAVID PARKER (photo, opposite page, top, second from the left), formerly head of the English department, and who has played a major role in designing our general education course, and lecturing for it, has retired and will go home to Australia, but, most fortunately for us, come and teach the course again in the autumn. SIAN GRIFFITHS, apostle of public health, has effectively returned to the UK. LESLIE YOUNG, sparkling economist, has joined the Cheung Kong Business

All of these people, students, Junior Fellows, resident tutors, Fellows, and other members have earned a big thank you from me and from their fellow members of College for their contributions to College life and to the University. I shall not miss this opportunity to thank the College staff – ANN HUSS (photo, opposite page, bottom, first row, second from the right), the Associate Master, an academic full-time member of the College and Dean of General Education, DORA DAI (photo, opposite page, bottom, first row, third from the right), the College Secretary, and the other hard-working and dedicated workers in the College Office and around the College. What a good job they have done this year.


We do not have many new physical structures this

year, just a landscape deck with the College name, so that visitors can no longer doubt where they are if they failed to raise their eyes to the name above the high gateway, and, now, two tables (with chairs) outside the common room, with its popular café. But we continue to appreciate the views from the College – see the fine photograph later in the report – the gentle curve of the Greenberg Building, the not too imposing tower block, and the good but not excessive exercise of walking to and from the university station. And of course there has been a great deal of talk in the College, much of it intelligent, for example when our two Distinguished Visitors, JAMIL ANDERLINI and RANDALL PEERENBOOM came. Much of the talk has been about developments in mainland China. And naturally Hong Kong affairs have loomed large. We do not want to be too parochial, but this particular year, I think it is forgivable. What we have to report in the following pages is less contentious than these large issues of government and governance, but I hope you will find it not without interest, and enjoy the photographs.


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Professor Sir James Mirrlees

MASTER'S LIST YEAR GPA OF 3.5 OR ABOVE CHAN Hiu Ching Christy 陳曉程 Medicine CHAN Iok Cheng 陳旭楨 Business Administration CHAN Matthew Chun 陳 雋 Medicine CHAN Suet Ling 陳雪玲 Nursing


CHEN Wenqi 陳文琦 Quantitative Finance CHIANG Wei 江 威 Business Administration CHONG Kwan Lok 莊君諾 Business Administration CHOW Man Kwan 鄒文君 Chinese Language and Literature CHUNG Pik Yi Phoebe 鍾碧怡 Nursing DAI Mengjia 戴夢佳 Quantitative Finance FONG Adrian Hei-yin 方熙賢 Laws GONG Yaoyu 龔耀宇 Cell and Molecular Biology

Benjamin HESTEVOLD Psychology HO Nga Sze 何雅詩 Medicine HOU Xuan 侯 璇 Computer Science

LAU Ho Yin 劉浩賢 Global Economics and Finance LEE Hin Lung 李顯龍 Insurance, Financial and Actuarial Analysis LI Haocheng 李昊騁 Engineering

HU Huiying 胡慧盈 Professional Accountancy HU Yue 胡 樾 Cell and Molecular Biology HUANG Hing Yip 黃興業 English

LIU Tianyu 劉天羽 Information Engineering LIU Yingxi 劉映希 Business Administration LOONG Chi Wang 龍智弘 Medicine

HUANG Yichun 黃怡純 Science

NG Cheuk Yung Judy 黃卓蓉 History

JIA Bowen 賈博文 Cell and Molecular Biology

NG Wing Tung Vivienne 吳穎彤 Psychology

JIANG Yilin 蔣怡琳 Business Administration

POON Suen Yu 潘宣儒 Medicine

KO Fan Chin Tiffany 高凢千 Nursing

SIU Chi Hin Ivan 蕭智軒 Medicine

KWAN Chung Ming 關仲明 Medicine

Shreenidhi Ranganatha SUBRAMANIAM Medicine

LAM Tsz Ha 林子霞 Chemistry

TOH Chew Day 卓周蝶 Laws


TSANG Sin Man 曾善文 Molecular Biotechnology WANG Tianming 王天明 Mathematics and Information Engineering WONG Sum Ming Samuel 黃琛銘 Business Administration WU Gi Tong 胡芝瑭 Laws WU Yushan 吳雨珊 Physics YANG Tongou 楊童鷗 Mathematics YIP Kwok Cheong 葉國鏘 Quantitative Finance YIP Tsz Kwan Grace 葉芷筠 Laws YU Chun Lung 余俊龍 Computer Science YU Shing Him Nicholas 余承謙 Business Administration YU Yan Yan 余茵茵 Hotel and Tourism Management

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Anyone who has entered the Greenberg Building recently and followed the staircase down to the Dining Hall will have noticed the portrait of the founding College Master, PROFESSOR SIR JAMES MIRRLEES. The portrait, one of two by the artist YU JI (the other painting hangs in the Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh), was a gift of LADY PATRICIA MIRRLEES. A formal Unveiling Ceremony was held at the College on a Friday afternoon in late September 2013. Yu Ji flew in from California, where he teaches life drawing and painting, to join Sir James, Lady Mirrlees, former Vice Chancellor of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), Professor LAWRENCE LAU, and other dignitaries at the event (photo above). The artist also gave a wellreceived dinner talk to students on 26 September, during which he introduced his experiences as a young artist in China and later in New York. The College focused on strengthening existing College programmes in 2013-2014 and enhancing the College’s public profile. A Morningside Calendar was created to showcase photos submitted by Morningsiders for the first annual College Photography Competition. The first issue of the


annual Morningside Magazine went to print in December 2013, featuring articles on Chungking Mansions, Women in the Academy, and an interview with novelist and poet Jeet Thayil (photos, opposite page, top). An updated College website was launched, with a spirited video, regularly updated news, and digital copies of all College publications. A mobile version is now in production and is expected to be ready for the beginning of the 20142015 academic year. Thanks to the continued support of an anonymous donor, the College was able to invite two Distinguished Visitors to campus – JAMIL ANDERLINI and RANDALL PEERENBOOM. Jamil Anderlini (photo, opposite page, center), Beijing Bureau Chief of the Financial Times and one of the most prominent foreign correspondents currently reporting from China, gave an after dinner talk at the College on November 6 entitled “The role of traditional media and the foreign correspondent in the age of Twitter and Weibo”. The next day, Anderlini delivered a well-attended public lecture, “The downfall of Bo Xilai and the political and social implications for modern China”, which focused on

From its earliest days, Morningside College has welcomed students who are curious, with multiple interests and talents. The tradition of communal dining, and the many and varied dinner talks organized throughout the year encourage this spirit of curiosity. Early in Term 1, Dr ZHANG WEI, Executive Director of Mingly Corporation, gave a talk entitled “The Cultural Revolution and the Corruption of China’s Elite”, explaining that rampant corruption in contemporary China could be traced to the actions of those in power during the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976). GABRIEL LAU, AXA Professor of Geography and Resource Management and Director of the Institute of the Environment, Energy, and Sustainability at CUHK, spoke on “Understanding Climate Change” in late November. In Term 2, financier TIMOTHY BEARDSON introduced his book Stumbling Giant: The Threats to China’s Future; TVB Pearl Producer ZELA CHIN rounded off the year by walking students through the creation of a news story, from coming up with a topic, to making a pitch to bosses and finally to shooting, editing, and finalizing the news segment. When Morningsiders are not attending lectures or cultural events, studying in the library, or sharing meals in the dining hall, they can often be found in the hostel fitness room, TV Room, study rooms, or music practice rooms. During the day, these spaces, and hostel life in general, are ably managed by College Staff, led by the College


Secretary, DORA DAI. The Warden, JANNY LEUNG, and Resident Tutors YEE-ON CHEUK, SIMON LEE, ANNEMARELLE VAN SCHAYIK, TERENCE TOU, NATALIE WOO, YAN JIEYI, and LESTER YANG, also worked tirelessly throughout the year to ensure the well-being of all hostel residents.

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his recent book, The Bo Xilai Scandal. Legal scholar Randall Peerenboom spent a week at Morningside in February 2014. Peerenboom is a law professor at La Trobe University and an associate fellow of the Oxford University Centre for Socio-Legal Studies. On the afternoon of 26 February, the Dean of CUHK’s Faculty of Law, Professor CHRISTOPHER GANE, moderated a dialogue on Rule of Law in Hong Kong and China between Peerenboom and The Honourable Mr Justice KEMAL BOKHARY (photo, bottom), Former Permanent Judge of the Court of Final Appeal. The next day, Professor Peerenboom gave a public lecture entitled “Law and Development in Middle Income Countries: A Post-Washington, Post-Beijing Consensus?”. In addition to their dinner talks and public lectures, both Distinguished Visitors met with small groups of Morningside students over lunch and at Friday Master’s Teas. The College expects to continue the Programme for a third year in 20142015.



In 2013, over 350 applicants ranked Morningside as their first or second choice college. The College interviewed over 200 students, either by phone or in person in Hong Kong, Beijing, or Shenzhen. 65 students (29% of those interviewed) were admitted. International admittees increased by 13% to 35% and Mainland admittees increased by 7% to 23%, while the local Hong Kong intake decreased from 62% in 2012 to 42% in 2013. Last year’s high local intake was due to the double cohort. As in years past, the College Admissions Committee worked to admit a diverse group of students, both in terms of origin and area of study. 51% of new Morningside students hailed from either the Medicine or Business Administration Faculty. Social Science remained in third place with 19%, while Engineering (11%) and Science (8%) switched places. Law student intake remained stable at 6%; Arts student intake decreased by 3%.



China 23%

International (i) 35%

Hong Kong 42%

(i) Countries of origin include: Canada, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand and United Kingdom


The College once again strengthened its commitment to ensuring that all students have access to the various opportunities that the College and the University provide. Over HK$2.1m in Scholarships and Financial Aid was awarded to deserving students in 2013-2014, an increase of HK$0.5m. One of Morningside’s long-term goals is to see a majority of Morningside students go out on exchange. The College appears to be well on its way to reaching this goal, as evidenced both by the increase in the number of students going abroad, and the doubling of funds committed to scholarships and financial aid for exchange programmes in 2013-2014.

2013 ADMITTEES - BY FACULTY (TOTAL COUNT-65) Arts 3% Science 8%

Social Science 19%

Business Administration 20%

Engineering 11% Medicine 31%


Centre for China Studies 1% Education 1%

Law 6%

SCHOLARSHIPS AND FINANCIAL AID 2013-2014 Admission Scholarships (New Awards) 14%

Scholarships and Financial Aid for Exchange Programmes 31%

Admission Scholarships (Renewed Awards) 9%

Scholarships and Awards 20%

Financial Aid for Hostel Fees 22%

Financial Aid for Learning Activities (ii) 4% (ii) Learning Activities include academic conferences and service learning trips.


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STUDENT LIFE “We have seen the College mature and college life enriched by the creation of a student magazine, college athletic teams, associations, and now our third Student Union. This sort of transformation requires not just the efforts of the pioneers, but the participation and contribution of every student. A college spirit that transcends geographical, linguistic, and cultural boundaries will nurture generation after generation of Morningsiders…”



The “college spirit” to which STRAUSS CHU refers in the quotation above was strengthened in 2013-2014 by many dedicated Morningsiders. The Morningside Student Union, led by President CAWLIET JIAO during the first half of 2013-2014, represented Morningsiders on College Committees, advocated on behalf of students, and organized student-focused social activities. In Spring 2014, students elected new Executive and Representative Councils, with MARK


LEUNG as the new Student Union President. Mark and his colleagues quickly got to work on their plans for 2014, organizing a Spring Ball for Morningsiders and their guests and coordinating a successful photo day for the Class of 2014, complete with roast suckling pig and a balloon arch. Student talent took to the stage again this year during communal dinners. In Term 1, Fudan University

exchange student QIAN PENG performed several pieces on violin (photo, top), accompanied by LIN YIN LONG (Physics), who also has a cameo role in the new College video, “Inquiry begins here”. First-year student and accomplished pianist JESSICA CHU (Laws) was the accompanist for two separate voice performances – by SAYAKA RI (Science) in October, and NICOLE TANNER (Medicine) in March. Drawings by TAYLOR WILLIAMS (Architectural Studies) and JONATHAN LEE (Professional Accountancy) were showcased in the inaugural Morningside Magazine.

On 2 April 2014, the families of the Class of 2014 joined the Master, Fellows, and students of Morningside at an awards ceremony held during communal dinner. Achievement, Service, and Spirit Awards were presented, as well as awards for academic excellence. Students receiving Achievement Awards (photo, third from top, left to right) included: CHAU CHAK CHING (Computer Science), ADRIAN FONG (Laws), TARA LAM (IBBA), HENRY KWAN (Economics), and NIM YAP SHING (Biochemistry). Spirit Awards were presented (photo, bottom, left to right) to HINSON HO (Quantitative Finance & Risk Management), TARA LAM (IBBA), STRAUSS CHU (Quantitative Finance), CANDY MA (Architectural Studies), and NANRET SENOK (Laws). Service Awards are detailed on page 14.


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The College held its second campus-wide photography competition in March 2013; competition themes were Adapt, Community, and Noise. In keeping with last year’s event, undergraduates from all nine colleges were invited to submit photographs. The panel of judges this year included Morningside Fellow and Professor of Communication SASKIA WITTEBORN, and Morningside Junior Fellows JULIA HOBBS, DARAH PHILLIP, and BRIAN SKERRATT. Winners were announced at a Prize Ceremony held during Communal Dinner. Morningsiders captured First Prize in all three categories: ANTHONY POON (Adapt), MARIKO RABBETTS (Community), and DOROTHY LAW (Noise). The Grand Prize, a GoPro3+ video camera, was awarded to WANG HAORAN of C.W. Chu College for his photograph “Break Time”. Many of the submissions will be showcased in the 2015 Morningside Calendar.



Morningside continued to provide two College General Education courses in 2013-2014 – GEMC1001 (Current Dilemmas and Their Histories) and GEMC3001 (Service Learning & Civic Engagement). Both courses are supervised by the Dean of General Education, ANN HUSS, in collaboration with Fellows and Junior Fellows. The preliminary lectures on Virtue Ethics, Utilitarianism, and the Categorical Imperative were delivered by Senior College Tutor DAVID PARKER and Junior Fellow BRIAN SKERRATT. The Master of Morningside, SIR JAMES MIRRLEES (Economics), along with College Fellows ROSSA CHIU (Chemical Pathology), COLIN GRAHAM (Accident & Emergency Medicine), SIMON HAINES (English), and XI CHAO (Laws) lectured on dilemmas in their fields. Tutorial instruction was provided by three Junior Fellows, chosen via a rigorous application and interview process. Morningside’s 2013-2014 Junior Fellows were JULIA HOBBS (Johns Hopkins University, BA, 2013), DARAH PHILLIPS (Wellesley College, BA, 2011), and BRIAN SKERRATT (Princeton University, AB, 2004; Harvard University, PhD, 2013).

The College General Education Committee awarded its first General Education Best Essay Prize in 2013. First-year student EDNA TOH (Laws) received the prize for her essay analyzing the dilemma proposed by the Brazilian government’s decision to demolish favelas, or slums, in preparation for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics. Edna, who hails from Malaysia, was also one of only four CUHK first-year students to receive a HKSAR Government Targeted Scholarship. The scholarship is designated for students from Southeast Asian countries, India and Korea, and fully covers the annual tuition at a Hong Kong university. The Office of University General Education, with sponsorship from the General Education Foundation Development Fund, began awarding annual Best Essay Awards to CUHK students in 2011. Selection criteria include: soundness of argument, level of originality, organisation and structure, use of language, creativity in the form of delivery, and use of reference. Morningside’s WONG KEI WING (Medicine) received a Best Essay Award in 2013 for “My Dilemma” (photo, opposite page, top). The reviewer commented that Wong’s “charm as a storyteller” allowed him to “integrate [the thinking of Aristotle and Marx] without creating a theoretical tension between them”. Congratulations to Wong Kei Wing! In addition to leading GEMC1001 tutorials and supervising student service projects, the Junior Fellows organized a range of cultural activities for Morningsiders this year. Julia and Darah coordinated a weekly Film Club. The “Exploring Hong Kong’s Cultural Resources” Programme continued to provide subsidies to Morningside students to participate in cultural activities around Hong Kong. All three Junior Fellows took small groups of students to a variety of lectures and performances throughout the year, including panel discussions during the Hong Kong Literary Festival and music, dance, and drama performances during the Hong Kong Arts Festival. Morningside’s Writers Series continued into its second year. Julia and Darah collaborated with former Junior Fellow HARRISON KELLY (2012-2013) to bring three authors to campus this year – XU XI (Habit of a Foreign Sky), MA JIAN (The Dark Road) (photo, opposite page, second from top), and ROB


LILWALL (Walking Home from Mongolia). The authors read from their books, discussed the writing process, and contemplated social issues related to their work.

EXCHANGE In 2013-2014, over 30 Morningside students spent one or two semesters on College and/or Universitywide exchange programmes on four continents, an increase of 35% over 2012-2013. While Morningsiders were studying abroad, the College hosted a total of 32 exchange students from 13 countries. Students who were interested in going on exchange but unable to commit to a semester or year abroad were encouraged to apply for the inaugural shortterm Morningside-Whitman College Exchange Programme. Whitman College is one of Princeton University’s six residential colleges. As a four-year college, Whitman houses and advises freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors. Resident graduate students, faculty fellows, and a dedicated college administrative staff are also part of this learning community. The college is named after Meg Whitman ’77, one of the world’s preeminent business leaders. M A STER’S REPORT 2013-2014

Four Whitman students – SARAH GIANAKON, RAYMOND HAN, SONYA HAYDEN, and SINDISO NYATHI – spent a week at Morningside in March, attending classes, joining communal dinner, enjoying a performance of 108 Heroes III at the Hong Kong Academy of the Performing Arts, and volunteering at a local service organization (photo, right). Four Morningside students successfully applied to visit Princeton in September 2014 – CANDY CHAN (Nursing), NEO CHONG (Global Business), JONATHAN LEE (Professional Accountancy), and NANRET SENOK (Laws). Details of their visit will be included in the 2014-2015 Master’s Report.

United Kingdom, 2 Canada, 3 Ireland, 1 USA, 8

Denmark, 3 The Netherlands, 5

France, 2

Korea, 2 Japan, 1

Singapore, 1

Australia, 4

Morningsiders on Exchange, 2013-2014


SERVICE “I asked myself if I had really understood enough to help the village. I asked myself the same question every time I finished a volunteer job: ‘Did I help or did I disturb?’ I tried to put myself into the villagers’ shoes.”



Over eighty Morningside students committed more than 3000 service hours to benefit non-profit projects around the world in 2013-2014. Many worked locally in Hong Kong and the mainland; others travelled abroad to Bali, Cambodia, Israel, Malaysia, Mexico, Russia, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Uganda, and Vietnam to serve. The College also organized three service learning trips – 16 Morningsiders travelled to Nepal in May; 15 students spent a week, also in May, in Baiwan, Guangdong serving both the young and the elderly. Another group of 11 spent two weeks at the University of York learning about social service initiatives in the UK. Student comments quoted above and on the next page illustrate the complexity of the service learning process at Morningside. Students are expected not only to go out to serve, but also to reflect on the service experience in order to better understand


the impact of their actions. All students keep daily journals while completing their service projects; once the project has been completed, each student writes a reflective, properly sourced academic essay. Project supervisors also submit written evaluations of the students’ service work. In 2013-2014, three Morningsiders were recognized with the Morningside College Service Award: HUANG HING YIP (English), for his work at two primary schools in rural Taiwan; LEE KONG NGAI (Medicine), for organizing multiple health checks at housing estates and malls in Hong Kong through the CUHK Medical Society and CUHK Community Health Check Organising Committee; and CALVIN LIU (Medicine), for his contributions to a public health campaign targeting obesity and eating disorders organized by the Asian Medical Students’ Association.

“We take for granted that they should learn English, learn the ability to communicate with foreign people, therefore, they are in need of our help. We take for granted that their houses are dark and poorly designed, so we should help them to have a better living environment and sustainable electricity… Sometimes, those [things] we take for granted are not the reality. Those people helped by you sometimes [have been] forced to be helped.” M A STER’S REPORT 2013-2014


“[This trip] taught me that it is precisely these difficulties in life that we learn the most from, it is these experiences that truly make us grow as a person. We should not only work when there is something in it for us, we should not help another while holding the expectation of gaining something in return. Sometimes just a mere smile from the recipient, a sign of gratitude, is all we need to feel like it was all worth it.” KELVIN LO (YEAR 1, MEDICINE), STUDENT PARTICIPANT, BAIWAN TRIP




Many Morningside students strengthened their commitment to a healthy lifestyle in 2013-2014 by participating in College Athletics. Morningsiders competed on badminton, basketball, football, rowing, swimming, table tennis, and tennis teams.

The College’s dedicated Physical Education instructors, SAMMY LIU and CHRIS YEUNG, organized several Fun Days for students – Hiking, Rouliqiu, Handball, Wing Chun, Table Tennis, and Zumba.

FACILITIES & INFRASTRUCTURE New permanent signage appeared on the Morningside campus in 2013-2014. A granite landscape deck with bronze lettering was installed on the plaza, and quickly became a popular backdrop for graduation photos. A white marble commemorative plaque was mounted on the wall of the Student Common Room, with the following inscription, a statement by College benefactors Dr. Ronnie C. Chan and Dr. Gerald L. Chan: “We want Morningside College to stand as a reminder that the most fundamental missions of the University are to teach young people so that they may be of service to society; to form their minds with rich, diverse and challenging ideas; and to provide them with a liberal education that will equip them to become the leaders of tomorrow.” One floor up from the common room and café, thanks to a generous donation of over 500 books from Senior College Tutor and Executive Director of the Asian Literary Prize, DAVID PARKER, a new lending library took shape in the TV Room this year. Students can now borrow and enjoy award-winning novels such as Tan Twee Eng’s The Garden of Evening Mists , KyungSook Shin’s Please Look After Mom, and many more.


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FINANCE INCOME Income fell by 73% from $51.3m to $13.9m in 20132014. The decrease was due to a decline in donations and matching grants received. As the investment market was performing favourably, investment return (including interest and unrealized investment gain)

recorded a gain of $10m which is $3.2m more than last year. Government subvention rose by $0.2m reflecting a 9% increase over that of last year.

COLLEGE INCOME 2013-2014 (Total: 13.9m) Other Income 4.2% Government Subvention 21.4%

Donations and Matching Grants Received 2.7%


Interest and Net Investment Gain 71.7%

EXPENDITURE Expenditure in total increased 12.8% over the past year, from $8.4m to $9.5m. The increase in expenditure was mainly due to the organization of General Education service learning trips (from $0.07m to $0.4m, recording 4.5 times more than that of last year), close to $1m increase in College

operation expenditure arising from publication and souvenir production, and repair and maintenance; a $0.4m increase in Exchange Programme sponsorship and $0.1m increase in scholarships and financial aid.

COLLEGE EXPENDITURE 2013-2014 (Total: 9.5m) Exchange Programmes 7.1%

Distinguished Visitors Programme 1.6%

Scholarships and Financial Aid 16.1%

General Education Programmes 4.0% College Operation 70.4% College Life Activities 0.8%


INVESTMENT POLICY AND PERFORMANCE The College’s primary objective when managing capital is to safeguard the College’s ability to continue as a going concern and to maintain a strong financial base to support the development of the College. To this end, the College invested in financial instruments which include funds held by the University that are exposed to credit and foreign currency. While the associated credit risk is managed according to the University’s financial management policies and practices, the currency risk is considered immaterial as the College’s monetary assets and liabilities are mainly denominated in Hong

Kong dollars. During the period, endowment funds increased from $81.4m to $102.4m. The increase was due to the internal transfer of $12m from operating reserves and interest and investment gain of $9m. With income of $4.9m, expenditure of $9.5m, and transfer of $12m to endowed funds, a net decrease in Operating Reserves of $16.6m was recorded. As a result, total funds increased from $123.1m to $127.5m, representing a net increase in fund balance of $4.4m, i.e. 3.6% growth, this year.

Summary of College Operation and Scholarships Funds Balance as of 30 June 2014 (i) Scholarships

HK$ (thousands)










RESTRICTED FUNDS Endowment Funds Other Restricted Funds Capital Fund OTHER FUNDS Operating Reserves (ii)


Total Funds


24,088 127,482

(i) Hostel funds and provision costs are excluded. (ii) Operating reserves from government subvention are included.

THE IMMEDIATE FUTURE To ensure that Morningside College is able to focus on meeting the responsibilities of continuing to provide an outstanding education and a residential environment conducive to the all-round development of its students, continuous effort must be made to solicit other streams of income and reduce costs wherever possible without adversely affecting


Morningside’s core objectives. To this end, the College established an Alumni and Development Committee this year to formulate and oversee the implementation of fundraising strategy.

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College Operation



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The College is bound by The Chinese University of Hong Kong Ordinance (“the Ordinance”), Statutes, and Council resolutions. The College is governed by the Constitution of Morningside College (“the Constitution”), approved by the Council on 16 November 2010.

The Committee of Overseers, annually, (a) before the beginning of each academic year, endorses the proposed budget of the College for the academic year, and submits it to the Council for approval; (b) after the end of each academic year, prepares and submits to the Council the audited accounts of the College, in such form and at such times as the Council may determine.

The Ordinance prevails in the event of any inconsistency with the provisions of the Constitution.



A Committee of Overseers of the College was appointed by the Council, upon the nomination of the Vice-Chancellor. The committee is bound by the Written Provision of the Committee of Overseers of Morningside College.

Dr. Gerald L. Chan (Chairman) Mr. Daniel Auerbach Ms. Leonie Ki (Vice Chairman) Dr. Anthony Neoh Professor Jesús Seade Dr. Alex K. Yasumoto Professor Sir James Mirrlees (ex-officio)

ASSEMBLY OF FELLOWS The Assembly of Fellows is constituted and regulated in accordance with the Ordinance (Statute 16, 2B), the terms of which are enforceable ultimately by the Vice Chancellor. The Assembly of Fellows is selfappointing.

DUTIES The Assembly of Fellows sets the strategic direction of the College and regulates its administration and the management of its finances. It meets regularly under the chairmanship of the Master and is advised by its Committees. The Assembly of Fellows assists the Master with: (a) arranging tutorial instruction, pastoral counseling and other forms of education; (b) the provision and supervision of residential accommodation for students at the College; and (c) the maintenance of discipline within the College. The Assembly of Fellows normally meets three times a year. Committees of the Assembly of


Fellows develop policies for approval by the full Assembly of Fellows and subsequently monitor their implementation. The duties and membership of the Committees are described in detail in the Terms of Reference for each Committee, kept on record by the College Secretary. The Committees and their 20132014 Chairpersons were: Admissions and Financial Aid Alumni and Development College Life Dining and Residence Finance General Education Nominating Student Discipline Visitors

Janny M.Y. Leung Pak-Wai Liu Rossa W.K. Chiu Ann Huss Sir James Mirrlees Ann Huss Colin A. Graham David C. Donald Simon N. Haines


Emily Ying-yang Chan

Public Health and Primary Care

Lawrence Yam-leung Cheung

Linguistics and Modern Languages

Rossa W.K. Chiu

Chemical Pathology

David C. Donald

Faculty of Law

Colin A. Graham

Emergency Medicine

Sian M. Griffiths

Public Health and Primary Care (until January 2014)

Simon N. Haines


Denise Ho

Chinese Studies

Joseph Jones

Music (until July 2014)

Leo Ou-fan Lee

Faculty of Arts

Janny M.Y. Leung

Systems Engineering and Engineering Management

Pak-wai Liu

Institute of Global Economics and Finance

Emma MacPherson

Electronic Engineering

Sir James Mirrlees

Distinguished Professor-at-Large

Edward Y.Y. Ng


Carmen Poon


Jack Linchuan Qiu

Journalism and Communication

Anthony Man-cho So

Systems Engineering and Engineering Management

Suzanne Ho Wai So


Anthony J. Spires


Saskia Witteborn

Journalism and Communication

Carmen Wong

Public Health and Primary Care

Xi Chao

Faculty of Law

Yau Shing-tung

Distinguished Professor-at-Large


Department of Educational Administration and Policy, Faculty of Education

Prof Frank Ching

Journalist, South China Morning Post; Adjunct Professor, Department of History, CUHK

Dr Julie Chiu

Associate Programme Director, GEF Course, Office of General Education

Prof Gabriel Lau

Lecturer, Department of Geosciences and Program of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, Princeton University

Mr Dick Lee

Retired Commissioner of Police

Dr Rebecca Lee Lok Sze

Founder and Director, Polar Museum Foundation

Mr Perry So

The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra

The Honorable Anna Wu Hung-yuk

Chairperson, Competition Commission and Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Authority


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“I want you to go on being creative in the rest of your lives. Miss no opportunity to be original.”

Nearly four years ago, I talked to our first students, who had just arrived. I told them how we hoped that they would be creative and innovative, inventive and original. That generation has done well, helping to create the college as a community, with verve and a good element of originality. Innovation is increasingly fashionable. Everywhere they say that innovation is what is needed most – in Hong Kong, in America, in China. Innovation is sometimes thought of quite narrowly as information technology, or at least new technology. I confess I do not think that smart phones and Google are humanity’s peak achievements, much as I love a search engine. Some government officials seem to think that Information technology will solve all


economic problems. There are some big problems. But saying “Innovation” is surely too easy an answer. Faced with a problem like global warming, it is indeed tempting to say, let us invent a solution. Easy to say; maybe hard to do. Sometimes we have to rely on what we already know. Attempted inventions on occasion prove very costly and achieve little – for example fusion power or supersonic flight. Today at least, I am not going to press the case for creativity on economic grounds. I do want to encourage it, but in a broader way. Some of you are graduating this year, some immediately into the world of employment. There should still be plenty of scope for creativity, even in your near future. You might have to make it happen.

The same can be true in spheres other than manufacturing. Office procedures and management structures can improve too, and remarkably there still seems to be room for these improvements. Do not assume they must or will come from the top. Considering how much good academic research is done by beginners, we should rather expect the best ideas to come from workers at large, after they have gained a little experience; and provided they are encouraged to make suggestions. In information technology, many of the best innovations came from small companies with young staff. The same may be true to some extent in the design industries, clothing, architecture, advertising, and one might even link journalism and education to the list, different forms of communication.


I am sure we all realize that innovation is not confined to science and technology, even if we may call originality in the arts and design fields creativity. You cannot patent or, I hope, copyright a good original turn of phrase, but we want more of them. Certainly science and art are different. The contrast between innovation in the sciences and in the arts is striking. In the arts, there is constant originality, and no progress: the old survives. In the sciences new obliterates old. Technological inventions supersede past methods and designs. The character and experience of originality is therefore different. What can an artist or writer or musician do? I imagine she would look at the immense stock of great works created in the last two or three thousand years, to most of which we still have access. Does the world need another novel, another symphony, another oil painting, she might ask. Do I even have time to create when there is so much to enjoy? To me, as a consumer of art, the answer is: yes we do need your work, provided there is enough originality – and quality. True, there is a growing problem for all of us, even if we do not think about it: What should we read, hear or see? Therefore the issue needs to be thought about sensitively. Presumably this troubling question is the reason why some arts, new classical music and new poetry for instance, have sometimes tended to become esoteric, too obscure for most potential consumers. The novel, on the other hand, flourishes. Is it because novelists are consciously writing for other people, not just for themselves and a few other writers? When you invent, it should be for some wider purpose. Science has a somewhat different but similar problem. There are so many scientists and engineers now, and so much has already been discovered. Surely, a young scientist might think, it will be hard for me to be original: if I think of something, maybe it has already been thought of, or will be at any moment by someone else. The question is more, what chance do I have of being original, rather than does the

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Understand that innovation and creativity is, or can be, widespread. There is a very interesting phenomenon economists call learning by doing. I believe it was unnoticed until quite late. When they started mass-producing ships in America, for use in Atlantic convoys during the Second World War, it was found that the cost of making a ship kept falling, the more ships were made. The teams working on the ships must have kept finding better ways of doing their tasks. Many different individuals must have noticed ways of being more efficient, quicker and with fewer mistakes. You see, innovation can be quite democratic, provided that is encouraged. Years ago I read an account of Japanese industry in the 1950s, by a sociologist. He reported that the suggestion boxes in the Japanese zaibatsu were always quite full. Then the companies moved some of their production to Taiwan, where labour was cheaper. There it was found that practically nobody put a suggestion in the box. At the time, this was thought to be one reason why the Japanese economy was growing faster than the Taiwanese. I think Taiwan learned: things change. We cannot take this kind of innovation for granted then. The important point is that a great deal of progress in practical knowledge comes from numerous small discoveries made by many people.

world need me to be original? If these are concerns deserving attention, it would show up in the rate of progress of science, if we could measure it: as more discoveries are made, it should be harder to make new ones. But is it not ridiculous to suppose that one might measure knowledge? Surely its increase is not to be counted.


“Creativity by many, many people is rewarding in itself, and adds to the richness of what is available to all of us.” Rather daring, I gave a talk a year ago for the General Education Salon in this University on the question “How much more can we discover?” To answer that, one should measure the progress of science, and more than that, forecast the progress of science in the future. Naturally the question is not one that could be answered definitively. I still thought it could be illuminating and enjoyable to try. In looking at this, I was not being entirely original. Economists have been trying to measure the progress of technology for a long time, and have had some success. But I did not want to rely only on economics. On reflection, it seemed to me that there was one form of progress for which a well-understood measure was readily available, a form of progress that may represent the most important thing science has done for us, besides helping us understand the world, and that is improvements in health, as shown by expected life at birth. In any case no other candidate for counting knowledge is as well measured. The broad facts are well known, I suppose, though not always fully appreciated. In most countries, for a hundred years and more, life expectancy is nearly a weekend longer for someone a week younger. You can expect to live, on average, five years longer than your parents. Why? Medical science has something to do with it. Improved food and water supply may have done even more. I am sure people have been learning better how to live. Government regulation has been reducing the risk of accidents. Science and innovation


have contributed in many ways. One remarkable feature is how much improvements in infant mortality have contributed. Infant mortality varies, currently, from 150 per thousand in Afghanistan to around two per thousand in Singapore (according to the statistics). You should therefore wonder whether the same progress can be available in future. Infant mortality cannot now be much reduced in the richer countries (and it has been falling dramatically till now.) Similarly transport accidents cannot be much further reduced unless we all stay and work at home – which is possible but unlikely. When I looked more closely at the numbers for one or two of the richer countries, such as the United States, I found that the rate of increase of life expectancy was slowing down a little. It is not a very big effect, not something to bet on, but the data makes it look as though life expectancy may peak before the average reaches ninety. That is not necessarily bad. It is surely now more valuable to reduce the pain of old age than to extend it. But remember, I wanted to test the idea that scientific progress might be slowing. The slight fall in the rate of progress happened despite increasing expenditure on medical research and medical care, and on ways to improve the environment. Is it possible that something similar might apply elsewhere? You would expect that easy discoveries will be made first. At the same time, past discoveries might make new ones easier, especially when people discover new ways of solving problems. Progress in the hard sciences does seem to be getting harder. Might engineering become entirely routine when the properties and availability of all materials are known and catalogued? It does look as though organic chemistry and neuroscience may keep scientists busy for a very long time. Yet one wonders what will happen to physics, since it is impossible for expenditure on the equipment they want to keep rising as it has done. One eminent physicist told me no really significant discoveries had been made in his field for ten years: he was moving on. Each new great discovery seems to yield less – think of new carbon structures, buckyballs(i) and graphene(ii) (which has not had long yet, it is true), or, above all, manned space travel. Remember the democracy of invention, the power

of learning by doing. Maybe it is in what has been called normal science, what you may think of as small discoveries, that we should expect continuing progress, for centuries yet. In a way, it is like the arts. Creativity by many, many people is rewarding in itself, and adds to the richness of what is available to all of us. Your invention, or creation, may in itself be a small advance, but it could provide a small improvement in life for many people. It all adds up. Which encourages me to give the old advice with a new meaning: Go forth and multiply. James Mirrlees Master, Morningside College 16 April 2014

(ii) Graphene is pure carbon in the form of a very thin, nearly transparent sheet, one atom thick. It is remarkably strong for its very low weight (100 times stronger than steel) and it conducts heat and electricity with great efficiency. The substance was first isolated in 2004. Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov at the University of Manchester won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2010 “for groundbreaking experiments regarding the two-dimensional material graphene”.


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(i) Buckminsterfullerene (buckyball): a spherical fullerene C60 that is an extremely stable form of pure carbon, consists of interconnected pentagons and hexagons suggestive of the geometry of a geodesic dome, and is believed to be a major constituent of soot. It was first generated in 1985 by Harold Kroto, James R. Heath, Sean O’Brien, Robert Curl, and Richard Smalley at Rice University. Kroto, Curl and Smalley were awarded the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their roles in the discovery of buckminsterfullerene and the related class of molecules, the fullerenes.



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