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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 morningside@cuhk.edu.hk.



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In September 2012, Morningside College welcomed two new cohorts of students, some to the last of the old-style three-year courses, others, generally younger, to the new four-year curriculums. Finally, the College was full of its own students. We were happy to have many from mainland China among them, and others from all over the world, including a number of exchange students, spending a term or more with us. In a way, the academic year begins for the Master, Dean of Students, Associate Master, and some of the Fellows, with the selection of students. As soon as young people are admitted to Chinese University, they have to complete a form giving their preferences among the colleges. A little later, the University computer will allocate them to colleges, on the basis of their examination performance and these college preferences. In Morningside, we invite some of these new students – those who have put us first, and some of those who have put us second – for interview. We then select, and our preferences go into the allocation process too. The interviews are really interesting and mostly enjoyable. It is a valuable way of beginning to get to know new members of the College, and of discovering what the new generations are most worked up about, if they are. They also let us try to have people in the College who genuinely want to be part of an active, conversational, multicultural community. Of course we like to have academically able students, but maybe our music and sport is a bit stronger as a result of our selections. Another important step happened rather earlier than most of the admission process: the appointment of Junior Fellows. These are young graduates who provide a large part of the teaching and support for the general education courses our students do. We generally appoint three, but in 2012 appointed four,


because of the double-sized student entry. Most of the Junior Fellows come from abroad. This last year, one (American) came from Harvard, one (British) from Edinburgh, one (British) from University College London, one (Hong Kong) from Chinese University. They have made a great contribution, in many different ways. We are fortunate that one of them will stay with us for another year. I might say that for the Master it adds to the pleasure of College dinner to have them join him at the Fellows’ table. Colleges need to have young graduates around along with undergraduates. The Junior Fellows and the Resident Tutors, who just get accommodation, and assist the Warden in the social life of the College, are a major part of the life of the College. As Master I meet the undergraduates on various occasions, the main ones when I have the firstyear students to tea, in small groups, in the Master’s Lodge, throughout the year. These are proper meetings, not just photo-opportunities, as too often in China. We have had some interesting conversations, and I see and enjoy the great variety among young people, and am reminded, from time to time, that the young can think quicker, and are often more moral, than their elders. It is permissible to hope that among them we have the future makers of good government in Hong Kong, and beyond. But none of them has yet expressed a clear political ambition, in my hearing at least. It is no surprise that many have a great interest in making money; but they do say it is on behalf of their parents. In September, term begins, and with it, College dinners. We begin with a Formal Hall. On these occasions, four in the year, we wear gowns, most of the Fellows come, and we have a guest to speak after dinner. The dinner is bigger and better than usual. The speaker usually gets some probing

questions from the students after her or his talk. During this last year, we have had three visitors on our Distinguished Visitor programme, financed by an anonymous donation. The details are given later in the report. The first distinguished visitor spoke about the Black Death (as well as industrial revolutions), the second about black holes and dark matter, the third about what the emerging economies of the East are learning from the West. We would be happy to maintain a tradition of these large themes. Dinners have been various too. We had a Burns supper, eating haggis, in a version created by our kitchens, ushered in by a piper, hearing a poem in the correct Scottish accent (written translation provided), and finishing with Auld Lang Syne, vigorously sung. Some sports have flourished, and our music practice rooms have been busy. Thanks to our donors’ generosity, we now have a good baby grand in the Dining Hall, and some students have played to us at dinner, not to forget a sparkling violin performance towards the end of the year.


Professor Sir James Mirrlees

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Although the buildings have been finished for some time, in principle, a considerable amount of “tidying up” has been needed. We hope that faults in the lifts and air-conditioners have been cured, and look forward to the time when the wood cladding on the main buildings will be restored. Soon we will have cycle racks. The College Secretary, DORA DAI, and

the rest of the College staff have done a tremendous job looking after innumerable problems like that, as well as their normal duties, some writing minutes of meetings, others keeping the College clean. Much work is required arranging and looking after visitors, getting students into their rooms, and out of them, dealing with emergencies, liaising with the kitchens, supporting college committees, and making sure that what must be done is done. We are most fortunate in our staff, who are hard-working, caring, and creative. We are also very fortunate in our Associate Master, ANN HUSS, the only full-time academic member of the College, who works with the staff and Junior Fellows on many fronts, particularly the educational side of the College. The words “thank you” do not adequately express what the Fellows and I owe to this splendid staff. They have contributed immensely to this rewarding year.


CHAN Matthew Chun 陳 雋 陳 雋 MB ChB

LAM Ivan Jun Yin Rene 林俊彥 BSSc Journalism and Communication

QI Shuxin 齊姝欣 Social Science

LEE Jiaying Alison 李佳穎 BSSc Psychology

QU Weien 曲維恩 BBA Integrated BBA Programme

LEE Wai Lam Jonathan 李蔚林 BBA Professional Accountancy

SHENG Ruoyu 生若愚 BEng Biomedical Engineering

LEE Yin Tung 李彥曈 BEng Biomedical Engineering

TIAN Tian 田 甜 田 甜 BEng Systems Engineering and Engineering Management

CHAN Sau Kin 陳守建 Engineering CHAN Suet Ling 陳雪玲 B Nursing CHEN Wenqi 陳文琦 Business Stream


PANG Ling Yan Vien 彭令欣 Insurance, Financial and Actuarial Analysis / Quantitative Finance

CHAN Hei Long 陳晞朗 BSc Mathematics

CHOW Man Kwan 鄒文君 BA Chinese Language and Literature

LEUNG Clara Wai-Yan 梁懷欣 Bachelor of Laws

CHUNG Pik Yi Phoebe 鍾碧怡 B Nursing

LI Linkai 李林鍇 BEng Electronic Engineering

FONG Adrian Hei-yin 方熙賢 Bachelor of Laws

LIU Tianyu 劉天羽 BEng Information Engineering

GONG Yaoyu 龔耀宇 BSc Cell & Molecular Biology

LIU Yicheng 劉毅誠 Science

Benjamin HESTEVOLD BSSc Psychology

LUK Wing Sze 陸詠詩 Life Sciences Programme

HO Nga Sze 何雅詩 MB ChB HU Weiyi 胡瑋伊 BEng Systems Engineering and Engineering Management JI Ming 季 茗 季 茗 BBA Professional Accountancy

WANG Tianming 王天明 Engineering WONG Jessica 王穎琪 MB ChB WU Gi Tong 胡芝瑭 Bachelor of Laws WU Yushan 吳雨珊 BSc Physics XUE Yun 薛 云 薛 云 Business Stream

MOK Tsz Tung 莫紫彤 BEng Mechanical and Automation Engineering

YANG Tongou 楊童鷗 BSc Mathematics

MOON Sungeun 文成恩 BSSc Economics

ZHANG Chonghui 張崇輝 BBA Integrated BBA Programme

NGAI Jun 魏 俊 魏 俊 BSSc Sociology

ZHANG Kankan 張侃侃 BA Cultural Studies

JIA Bowen 賈博文 Life Sciences Programme

ZOU Quan 鄒 荃 鄒 荃 Business Stream


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THE COLLEGE A College “is more than its buildings. It is a place where we all want to know a lot more at the end of the year than at the beginning; and maybe even make some progress in solving or at least understanding problems yet unsolved.”



Morningside College officers, staff, and students continued to expand upon the strengths of the residential college model in 2012-2013. Great attention was given to enhancing the communal dining experience and cultivating the intellectual atmosphere of the College. Thanks to an anonymous donation, the College was able to invite several Distinguished Visitors to campus for a week at a time, during which they gave public lectures, dinner talks, and joined students for tea and conversation with the Master. Those visits are elaborated upon below. College Fellows joined students at Mentor-Mentee Dinners scheduled throughout the academic year. At times, Fellows also took the dining hall stage to speak on their recent research and activities. COLIN GRAHAM (Medicine) and ANTHONY SO (Systems Engineering & Engineering Management) joined students in


January and March respectively. Colin entertained the audience with “Emergencies: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”, while Anthony spoke on “The Cold War and the Rise of Linear Programming”. Music in various forms was brought into the Dining Hall – Cantonese opera singer ELIZA LI introduced her craft one evening; Junior Fellow BRIAN SKERRATT spoke to students about the activities of his band, Vivian Darkbloom. The College’s baby grand piano, a gift of the Chan family, was in great demand during the spring. Students heard Chopin one night, Debussy another, as well as more contemporary pieces, and even a student composition, “Song of Seed”, by Year 3 Quantitative Finance student STRAUSS CHU. Medical student and violinist DARRYL TSE (opposite page, third photo from top) rounded out the year’s performances with a rendition of Fritz Kreisler’s “Praeludium and

Allegro” at the final Formal Hall of 2012-2013. Morningside welcomed three distinguished visitors in 2012-2013: JAMES BELICH, PRIYAMVADA NATARAJAN, and NIALL FERGUSON. Professor Belich (second photo from top), Beit Professor of Commonwealth and Imperial History at Oxford University, delivered a University-wide lecture entitled “The Black Death and the Great Divergence”. He also joined Professor Mirrlees for a Master’s Tea with a small group of Morningside first-year students, and was the distinguished guest at the final Formal Hall of 2012 where he lectured on “New Directions in Global History”. Belich, a well-respected New Zealand historian, is also the Director of the new Oxford Centre for Global History.

Niall Ferguson, Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University, visited the College in April. Professor Ferguson gave a public lecture titled “Degeneration and Regeneration after the Global Financial Crisis”, chronicling the advancement of the West and its current steady decline following the great divergence. Sir James also hosted Professor Ferguson at an intimate Master’s Tea with Morningside students (photo on page 6) and at a Communal Dinner where Ferguson spoke to Fellows, guests and Morningside students on “The West and the Rest: A Historian’s View of the Last 500 Years”. The College looks forward to continuing the Distinguished Visitors Series in 20132014. Although it seems that the work of the College has just begun, we at Morningside are already preparing to bid farewell to twenty-two members of the inaugural class. The families of the Class of 2013 were invited to the College in November 2012 to experience a Morningside communal dinner. Later in April 2013, the College Master addressed these very special students at a celebratory dinner. His remarks are included on page 22. When Morningsiders are not attending lectures, participating in communal dinners, or playing the piano, they are often found in the hostel exercising,


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Priya Natarajan (top), a renowned professor in the departments of Astronomy and Physics at Yale University, delivered a public lecture entitled “The essential is invisible: mapping dark matter in the Universe” and a Morningside Communal Dinner talk on “Fasting & Feasting: the feeding habits of black holes” in March. The acclaimed astrophysicist is also Chair of Yale’s Women Faculty Forum. Natarajan spoke to Morningside Fellow ROSSA CHIU on the subject of championing women in the academy during a fascinating public dialogue entitled “Enriching the Field: Encouraging Women Scientists”.

studying, reading newspapers, watching movies, or chatting with friends. Hostel life runs more smoothly due to the dedication of the Warden, JANNY LEUNG,, and her staff of Resident Tutors – CHRISTY CHAN, YEE-ON CHEUK, KUO YONG HONG, VINCENT LAM, SIMON LEE, JESSEY LIN, TERENCE TOU, and ANNEMARELLE VAN SCHAYIK. The College is grateful for their service.

ADMISSIONS Morningside College “should be an example of access to opportunities…The work of this College will be judged not only in absolute terms by the performance of its graduates, but also in relative terms by the changes the College is able to effect in the lives of its students in the course of the four years they spend here.” DR GERALD L CHAN DIRECTOR, MORNINGSIDE FOUNDATION CHAIRMAN, COMMITTEE OF OVERSEERS, MORNINGSIDE COLLEGE


From “Meritocracy, Access and Social Mobility”, Remarks given at the Inauguration of Morningside College on November 11, 2011.


In 2012, CUHK moved from a three-year to a fouryear undergraduate curriculum. Over 650 applicants ranked Morningside College as their first or second choice college. The 200% increase in applications was in great part due to the double cohort, but we at the College can also happily assume that we are benefiting from an increasing curiosity about the Morningside residential experience.


International (i) 22%

The College interviewed over 350 students, either by phone or in person in Hong Kong, Beijing, or Guangzhou. 110 students (33%) were admitted. While international admittees remained stable at 22%, the mainland cohort decreased to 16% to make way for a necessarily much larger local Hong Kong intake in 2012 (Chart 1).

As the Chairman of the College’s Committee of Overseers reminded us at the College Inauguration in 2011, Morningside “should be an example of access to opportunities.” To this end, the College awarded over HK$1.6m in Scholarships and Financial Aid in 2012-2013 to deserving students. Half of the awards rewarded academic excellence; the other half ensured that all Morningsiders, regardless of their means, could focus on their studies and take full advantage of the opportunities that College life affords, including full residence, communal meals, and study abroad.

China 16%

Hong Kong 62%

(i) Countries of origin include: Canada, India, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Russian Federation, Singapore, South Africa, Taiwan and United Kingdom



Social Science 17%

Arts 6% Business Administration 23%

Science 14%

Medicine 24%


Engineering E ng Law 7% 6%

Business Administration -Science 1% Business Administration -Social Science 1% Centre for China Studies 1%


Scholarships and Financial Aid for Exchange Programmes 16%

Admission Scholarships (New Awards) 27%

Scholarships and Awards 15% Financial Aid for Learning Activities (ii) 1% Financial Aid for Hostel Fees 29%

Admission Scholarships (Renewed Awards) 12%

(ii) Learning Activities include academic conferences.


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The College Admissions Committee strives to admit a diverse group of students each year, both in terms of origin and area of study. As illustrated in Chart 2, Faculties represented in this double cohort included: Medicine (24%), Business Administration (23%), Social Science (17%), Science (14%), Engineering (7%), Law (6%), and Arts (6%), as well as the interfaculty Centre for China Studies. Morningside is particularly keen to increase the number of Arts students at the College. Departments in the Faculty of Arts, for good reason, however, often have historical relationships with specific colleges. Our opportunities to attract talented music and fine art majors are therefore limited. We have nonetheless been quite successful in attracting artistically and musically talented accounting, business, medical, and science students!




Students who choose Morningside College are committing to a diverse, highly participatory, and intellectually rigorous community. First-year students gathered every Friday during Term 1 for the Freshman Seminar. Each first-year student also had at least one opportunity to join the Master and a small group of classmates for the Master’s Tea on a Friday afternoon. Every once in a while, a distinguished visitor joined these gatherings, as did Professors JAMES BELICH, PRIYA NATARAJAN, and NIALL FERGUSON in 2012-2013.

student-focused social activities. MorningShield, a series of fun events – a table tennis competition, games of Pictionary and Twister, a cooking competition – created several laughter-full evenings at the College. In spring 2013, students elected new Executive and Representative Councils, with CAWLIET JIAO as the new Student Union President. Cawliet and her colleagues quickly got to work on their plans for 2013-2014. The College looks forward to working closely with Cawliet and her team in the coming year.

The Master also held a special tea party for the College’s exchange students toward the end of Term 2. Exchange students make valuable contributions to daily life at Morningside; they join sports teams, participate in college competitions and service projects, and often share their cultures with the College community. Thanks to our Dutch-speaking exchange students, for example, Sinterklass, a precursor to Santa Claus, rode in on his bicycle to join us for dinner one evening in early December.

Morningside is full of talented individuals. In an earlier section, you will have read about violinist and medical student DARRYL TSE. The College also includes several talented writers, artists, and photographers. Some of their work was published in an online independent student magazine entitled Morningside Muse. JONATHAN LEE (Professional Accountancy) and TAYLOR WILLIAMS (Architecture) deserve special mention for their commitment to ensuring that the magazine, founded by an earlier class of Morningsiders, did not fall by the wayside in 2012.

The Morningside Student Union, led by President MAX LEUNG during the first half of the year, represented Morningsiders on College Committees, advocated on behalf of students, and organized


To celebrate the University’s 50th Anniversary, the College held a campus-wide photography

Morningside College is proud of the time and energy that Morningsiders invested in college life during the 2012-2013 academic year and looks forward to even greater student participation in 2013-2014.


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competition in April 2013; competition themes were 50/50, Celebrate, and Hidden. Held in partnership with our friends at James College, University of York, the competition invited students across campus to submit photographs on these three themes with fantastic prizes to be won. Close to 150 entries were received across all the categories. The panel of judges, comprised of professional fine arts photographer and founder of Photocrafters Ltd, SIMON WAN, and Morningside Junior Fellows BRIAN SKERRATT, EDWIN CHAU, and MARISA CANNON, chose their top photographs for each category. Winners were announced at a Prize Ceremony held during Communal Dinner. College spirit is important, but Morningside also thinks of itself as a member of a larger university community. We enjoyed welcoming students from other Colleges to communal dinner and wish to once again congratulate our First Prize winners: MOOKIE CHAU (S.H.Ho College, 50/50), TSE MIU TSZ (United College, Celebrate), and in the “Hidden” category, Morningside’s own ANTHONY POON.

GENERAL EDUCATION & EXCHANGE “Home was where my values were formed. Morningside, or more specifically, the freshman seminar, Current Dilemmas and Their Historiess, was where I first learnt to identify and think carefully about my values – where they stemmed from, whether they are valid, and how they fit into the broader picture of our roles in the history of humanity.”



GENERAL EDUCATION Morningside once again provided two College General Education courses in 2012-2013 – GEMC1001 (Current Dilemmas and Their Histories) and GEMC3001 (Service Learning). Both courses are supervised by the Dean of General Education, in collaboration with Fellows and Junior Fellows. The Master of Morningside, SIR JAMES MIRRLEES (Economics), along with College Fellows COLIN GRAHAM (Medicine), DAVID PARKER (Research Centre for Human Values), JACK QIU (Communication & Journalism), ANTHONY SPIRES (Sociology), and XI CHAO (Law) lectured on dilemmas in their fields. Tutorial instruction was provided by four Junior Fellows, chosen via a rigorous application and interview process. Morningside’s 2012-2013 Junior Fellows (counterclockwise from bottom left) were: MARISA CANNON (University College London, BA, 2012), EDWIN CHAU (CUHK, BSSc, 2011; LSE, MSc, 2012), HARRISON KELLY (University of Edinburgh, MA, 2012), and BRIAN SKERRATT (Princeton University, AB, 2004; Harvard University, PhD, expected 2013). In addition to leading GEMC1001 tutorials and supervising student service projects, the Junior Fellows organized a range of cultural and service activities for Morningsiders this year. In collaboration with Resident Tutor ANNEMARELLE VAN SCHAYIK, Edwin Chau coordinated a weekly Film Club. He also led 25 Morningside students on a service


learning trip to Baiwan, Guangdong in January 2013. Brian Skerratt introduced his indie rock band, Vivian Darkbloom, to students at communal dinner, and rehearsed weekly with a new College Choir. Marisa Cannon attended a performance of To Kill a Mockingbird d at the Asia Society with a group of students, participated in a Bridges to China Charity Walk, and led a group of 10 students on a service learning trip to Palawan, Philippines in June. Harrison Kelly organized the inaugural Morningside Writers Series – four authors visited the College during the year, read from their novels, and discussed the writing process with students. The College looks forward to making the series an annual event. Visiting authors included: KRYS LEE (Drifting House), JANICE Y.K. LEE (The Piano Teacher), JEET THAYIL (Narcopolis), and PHILLIP Y. KIM (Nothing Gained).


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The College highly encourages Morningsiders to study outside of Hong Kong on exchange before graduating from CUHK. In 2012-2013, over 20 students spent one or two semesters on College and/or University-wide exchange programmes. James College at the University of York continued to be a popular destination – three Morningsiders, JENNIFER MA, JUDY NG, and VIVIENNE NG, spent an enjoyable year studying at York and travelling about Europe. While they were away, James College student WOLFGANG WESTERMEIER (fourth photo, 2nd from right) joined Morningside. Seen at many College events, Wolfgang also rowed with the College Rowing Team. Business student PARK SANGHYUN spent the fall term at Fudan University in Shanghai, and the spring term in Japan at Waseda University. Other Morningside students spent a semester or the year in Canada, Denmark, the Netherlands, New Zealand and the United States.

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Morningsiders on Exchange, 2012-2013


SERVICE “Social service nowadays [appears as] an honor on our CVs, but is it meaningful to the people we help?”



Morningside continued to cultivate among its students a commitment to serve the communities of Hong Kong, China and the world in 2012-2013. Our students contributed more than 2000 hours to benefit non-profit service projects globally. Many worked locally in Hong Kong and the mainland; others traveled abroad to Cambodia, Myanmar, Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, Tanzania, Vietnam, United States, and elsewhere. The College also organized two group service learning trips – 25 Morningsiders travelled to Baiwan, Guangdong in January 2013 to serve both the young and the elderly; 10 students spent a week in Palawan, Philippines in June working with and learning from Roots of Health, a non-profit organization focused on improving the health of women and girls. As the question above from a Baiwan trip participant suggests, service learning at Morningside is not understood as simple volunteerism. One key practical element that distinguishes service from volunteerism is the act of reflection. Morningsiders are encouraged to ask: Why do we serve? How do we know the impact of our actions? How do underlying issues such as power and privilege affect the life of, and our service to, a particular community?


Each student enrolled in the College’s service learning course keeps a daily journal, in which s/he records impressions and experiences, and reflects upon the significance of the day’s service. Later, students write reflective essays that emphasize various aspects of their learning. The goal of these exercises is to encourage students to affectively process their thoughts about the service experience, while using academic content and intellectual argument to derive broader insights. Each year, Morningsiders who complete particularly outstanding service projects are recognized with the Morningside College Service Award. Three Morningside students received the award in 20122013: ALISON CHENG (Architecture), for her participation over 3 years in Project Little Dream’s school-building projects in Cambodia; HONG CHING LAM (Nursing), for her participation in a Bridge to China/Wu Zhi Qiao bridge-building project in China; and WONG KA KI (Journalism & Communication), for the creation of The Leftovers, a student organization dedicated to reducing food waste in Hong Kong.

The following excerpts (reprinted with permission) are from the service learning journal of Morningside student and Architecture major QIAN RUOBING (Robin). Robin participated in the January 2013 service trip to Baiwan. DAY 1: If the daytime activities enriched my experience and enhanced our friendship, the night sharing [allowed me to] review what I had learned… We discussed why we had come on the trip…I was surprised by some Year 1 students who had already [participated in] several service trips. I am a Year 3 student, but [this] is my first time doing social service. Now I know that I still have a lot to learn at university.” universityy.”

DAY 3: “I used to think [orphans] all lived miserable lives…This trip overthrew my hypothesis. Although [many of] these children have no parents, they are taken care of by society and the teachers working at the orphanage. I kept thinking about today’s experience. From the children to the old people, and finally back to the children. How similar to our circle of life!...As adults,, we cannot forget g the help p that other p people p g gave us when we were children. And we also should remember that one dayy we will g get old and need help p again. g That is whyy others.” we help p now. That is whyy we serve others .”

DAY 4: “I questioned the meaning of this kind of service before. We [go] to a rural and closed place once or twice, and then we leave forever. We [bring] our new ideas and new life style, but there is nothing we can do to [ensure that they] live a similar life. Social service nowadays y [appears pp as] an honor on our CVs,, but is it meaningful g to the p people p we help? p

DAY 5: [In his 1968 speech ‘To Hell with Good Intentions’, Ivan Illich] “talks about a service trip from America to Mexico. The teenagers did not provide much help to local residents, but brought a new life style to them, upsetting the balance of their life and society. Service in this case was not a way to help, but [a method for] pulling the poor into an abyss of despair. [Although] I always considered this the biggest weakness of service…I thought volunteers [should] stop thinking about it so that they could devote themselves completely. But I was wrong. The onlyy wayy to solve the problem is not byy escaping, p p g, but byy facing g it directly.” directlyy.”


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DAY 2: “Considering [yesterday’s] communication failure, I think we made great progress [today]…[We were right to] prepare as much as we could for every single day and every single event…We were rewarded with a g good dayy joy. spent p with these lonelyy old p people, p , sharing g their jjoy y.


Morningside students are always keen to take part in sports activities, as well as compete with other Colleges’ teams in various competitions. This year our students competed in football, basketball, track & field, swimming and rowing competitions.

the College’s dedicated Physical Education Unit led by Tsui Sir and Liu Sir organized several private College athletic events for students including Archery, Latin Dance, Hip-Hop and Yoga. Student feedback after each event was extremely positive.


To promote healthy and fun activities in the hostel,

FACILITIES & INFRASTRUCTURE The College Café did a brisk business in 2012-2013. Known for brewing one of the best cups of coffee on campus, Caffé Liscio has become a popular hangout for Morningsiders and their friends, and a lunch haunt for administrators from around the campus. We have even sighted other College heads enjoying our views! One of the café’s signature sandwiches was featured in the November 19 edition of the CUHK Newsletter [No. 407], “The World in a Sandwich”: “The Chinese University’s cultural diversity is captured most deliciously by a new sandwich at Caffé Liscio of Morningside College. The new invention by the cafe manager is a favourite of many students. It features marinated chicken…mixed with Korean chili paste, which is sweetish and gives off a moderate heat, and the chef’s ‘secret’ condiments…”. To counter the effects of too many Spicy Korean Chicken sandwiches, Morningside students can avail themselves of the new Fitness Room, just across the bridge and overlooking Tolo Harbour. The Room incudes a Ping-Pong table, rowing machines, free weights, elliptical bikes, treadmills, and is open to members of the College community every day, 7am12 midnight.


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FINANCE INCOME Income increased dramatically from $2.9m to $51.3m in 2012-2013. This was mainly due to a significant increase in donations and matching grants received ($41.4m). As the investment market steadily picked up, investment return recorded a gain of $6.8m (as compared to last year’s loss of $0.8m). Government

subvention declined by just $53,000 reflecting a 1.9% decrease. Owing to change of basis of preparation for the financial reporting by the University, payout from the endowed capital would not be treated as income from 2012-2013 onwards.

COLLEGE INCOME 2012-2013 (Total: 51.3m) Other Incomes $0.4m (0.8%)


Interest and Net Investment Gain $6.8m (13.2%)

Government Subvention $2.7m (5.3%)

Donations and Matching Grants Received $41.4m (80.7%)

EXPENDITURE Expenditure in total increased 32.5% over the past year, from $6.3m to $8.4m. The increase in expenditure was mainly due to the granting of more scholarships and financial aid (from $1.2m to $1.7m, 42% increase over that of last year), a $1.5m increase in College operation expenditure as more College

events were organized, and around $0.8m spent on the organization of the Distinguished Visitors Programme and College Branding Development.

COLLEGE EXPENDITURE 2012-2013 (Total: 8.4m) (i) Distinguished Visitors Programme $0.5m (6.3%)

Branding Development $0.3m (3.2%)

Exchange Programmes $0.3m (3.2%) Student Orientation Camp $0.03m (0.3%) Scholarships and Financial Aid $1.4m (16.7%)

College Operation $5.7m (68.0%)

General Education Programmes $0.07m (0.8%)

(i) Student Orientation Camp expenditure is excluded as it is a student self-financed project.

College Life Activities $0.1m (1.5%)


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. Due to the generosity of our donors and an investment gain of $5.4m, endowed capital increased from $53.6m to $81.4m, representing 51.8% growth this year. Taking into account the changes in fund positions of other restricted funds and operating reserves, there was a $42.9m increase in overall fund balance as at 30 June 2013, i.e. 53.6% increase over that of last year.

Summary of College Operation and Scholarships Funds Balance as of 30 June 2013 (i) Scholarships

HK$ (thousands)






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



Total Funds


(i) Reserves and provisions under hostel operations are excluded. (ii) Operating reserves from government subvention are included.

THE IMMEDIATE FUTURE Morningside College received a generous injection to the endowment this year from one of its major donors, the Morningside Foundation. With these additional funds, the College will be 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. However, in view of the volatile


investment climate and the fact that the inflationadjusted Government subvention could not fully finance the expenditures of the College, continuous effort must be made to solicit other streams of income and reduce costs wherever possible without adversely affecting Morningside’s core objectives.

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College Operation


The Constitution of Morningside College was approved by the Council on 16 November 2010.

(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.


The College is bound by The Chinese University of Hong Kong Ordinance (“the Ordinance”), Statutes, and Council resolutions.

THE COMMITTEE A Committee of Overseers of the College was appointed by the Council, upon the nomination of the Vice-Chancellor.

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


The Committee of Overseers, annually,

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.


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

Simon N. Haines


Joseph Jones


Leo Ou-fan Lee

Faculty of Arts

Janny M.Y. Leung

Systems Engineering and Engineering Management

Pak-wai Liu


Emma MacPherson

Electronic Engineering

Sir James Mirrlees

Distinguished Professor-at-Large

Edward Y.Y. Ng


David Parker

Research Centre for Human Values

Carmen Poon


Jack Linchuan Qiu

Journalism and Communication

Anthony Man-cho So

Systems Engineering and Engineering Management

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

Leslie S.F. Young

Finance / Asia-Pacific Institute of Business (until Feb 2013)


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

Founder and Director, Polar Museum Foundation

Mr Perry So

The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra

The Honorable Anna Wu Hang-yuk

Chairperson, Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Authority


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“Wherever you are going, one of your tasks is to be a thoughtful sceptic. And I trust you will find plenty of important truths and enjoyable thoughts. There is more to life than prosperity.”

Some of you are coming to the end of your time in Morningside: twenty-two of you are graduating this year. We Fellows of the College are happy that you will graduate, but sorry to see you go. We wish you well in the rest of your lives, and hope to see you back here from time to time. In wishing you well, what am I wishing for you? It occurred to me that above all, I would like you to go on thinking. Of course you will. But I would just like to emphasize how important it is to go on thinking for yourselves, not accepting what others say without making sure they have good reasons for saying it. These others might sound very authoritative, or be old enough to expect you to respectfully believe what they say, and they may all be saying the same thing. None of that is enough to have you accept it without thinking for yourself.


It is surprising how many propositions are frequently stated, and apparently universally believed, without any well established evidence or argument to back them up. I offer you three examples. In each of these cases, I happen to think that what is commonly said is either wrong or at least seriously over-simplified; but I hasten to insist that I may be wrong. My real point is that the people who repeat them don’t have good evidence to support them. Take the claim that “the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer”. Obviously it is a bit difficult to interpret that. Still, I think it is fair to say that whatever it means exactly, the rich are getting richer, in most countries. What about the poor? In most countries, we only get proper evidence about

poverty infrequently. Look up World Bank figures on the Web, and you will find that there is no data in the last ten years for many African countries. But where there is evidence, the number of people below a fixed poverty line is usually found to have gone down. To be honest, it is increasingly recognized that this proposition that the poor are getting poorer is wrong in most of the world; but for a long time it was widely said, and it sounded right.

Not to go on too long, I will offer only one more example, the proposition that “China must innovate


Wherever you are going, one of your tasks is to be a thoughtful sceptic. And I trust you will find plenty of important truths, and enjoyable thoughts. There is more to life than prosperity. James Mirrlees Master, Morningside College May 2013 MA STER’S REPORT 2012-2013

My second example is the claim that atmospheric pollution kills. It has puzzled me for some time that the places with greatest life expectancy are quite seriously polluted – Hong Kong, Tokyo, Beijing. Maybe that is because they have had bad pollution only recently, but that does not sound right or convincing. No question, the pollution is nasty and very undesirable; and I can well believe that people with asthma suffer a great deal from it. But does it really have a big impact on death rates? You might expect me to leave it at that, but I recently read about a careful study of the effect of fumes from diesel engines, done by comparing populations with different amounts, and they did not find an adverse effect on death rates. There may be lots of other research that does support the proposition that pollution kills, but I have not been able to find it. I should add that some of those who repeat it do so because hospital admissions for relevant conditions go up when pollution gets worse, so they are using evidence. I’m not sure that it is enough to support the substantial impact that the proposition suggests.

if it is to go on growing”. Because I am an economist, I hear and see it frequently. The Chinese leadership has said it. It has the same character as the other two propositions: as soon as stated, it sounds right. It means that Chinese in China must do a lot of inventing now, because that is what the first industrializing countries did. I am not going to give you a lecture tonight explaining why it is not yet necessary for China to do a lot of innovation. And I always want to encourage people to invent and create, so perhaps it will do no harm if people believe the proposition. Encouraging research is part of encouraging thinking. But I do not like it being claimed without strong arguments behind it.


WITH GRATITUDE The College is part of the structure of the University. Material interdependencies between the College and the University arise as a consequence of this relationship. The College is grateful for the support of:


Academic Links, Office of Admissions and Financial Aid, Office of Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellors’ Offices Bursary C.W. Chu College Campus Development Office Campus Planning and Sustainability Office Chung Chi College Communications and Public Relations Office Estates Management Office Information Services Office Information Technology Services Centre Institutional Advancement, Office of Lee Woo Sing College New Asia College Personnel Office Pro-Vice-Chancellors’ Offices Provost’s Office Registry S.H. Ho College Security and Transport Office Shaw College Student Affairs, Office of Summer Programmes, Office of United College University Dean of Students, Office of the University General Education, Office of University Health Service Vice-Chancellor’s Office Wu Yee Sun College

JANNY M.Y. LEUNG, PhD MIT Professor of Systems Engineering and Engineering Management Deputy Master, Dean of Students and Warden

SIR JAMES MIRRLEES, PhD Cambridge Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences Master

ANN HUSS, PhD Columbia University Associate Master and Dean of General Education DORA DAI, MBA College Secretary

COLLEGE STAFF EMILY HO Executive Officer BRIAN LEE Executive Officer CHRISTINE WONG College Project Executive CALVIN PANG College Project Executive JOYCE TANG Personal Assistant to the Master CHAN CHUN MING Project Assistant EDITH WONG General Clerk (part time, from 25 October 2012) CARMEN LAM Clerical Assistant (from 1 November 2012)


WANG YIDAN (Daisy), Class of 2015 Ningxia, China, Major: Integrated BBA Recipient of The Charitable Foundation of Mr. Ki Lik Kan and Mrs. Ki Ng Sau Kam Scholarship “Receiving the scholarship encouraged me to study harder and to explore more in my university life. I continued to make progress in my studies and had the chance to go on exchange to South Korea. The scholarship has also greatly reduced my family’s financial burden. Best of all, I became one of Ms. Ki’s mentees. It has been so nice meeting other mentees, learning from them, and listening to Ms. Ki’s earnest teachings together!”

LEONIE KI ((L), L), Vice L) Viice V ce Chairman Cha haiirrm ma an of of the the he Committee Com mm miitttte ee eo off Over O Ov Overseers, ve errsse ee eer errss,, with w wi ith ith th her her er Morningside Mor orrni niing n ngssiide e mentee, men ente tee,, WANG YIDAN ((R). R). R)

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