Vice-Premier Li Keqiang of the State Council today on August 18 visited the University of Hong Kong (HKU) and attended the University of Hong Kong Centenary Ceremony.
The Vice-Premier officiated at the unveiling of plaques ceremony of a medical research centre and a state key laboratory (partner laboratory) of HKU, and announced the allocation of funding to subsidizing the studies, exchanges and scientific research of HKU students and academic staff on the mainland.
The ceremony was held in Loke Yew Hall and officiated by the Chancellor, Dr the Hon Donald Tsang. A total of 600 staff, students, alumni and guests attended the ceremony. Among the guests were presidents from over 20 local, mainland and overseas universities.
“Today, HKU has topped the charts of international higher education institutes. This is an honour for both Hong Kong and China,” said Vice-Premier Li at the ceremony.
“In a century full of challenges, HKU has nurtured over 130,000 graduates and talents with great vision and virtue, who are dedicated to making developments in science and serving the community. These alumni have made significant contributions to the prosperity of Hong Kong and the rise ofChina, and also to the advancement of civilization,” the Vice-Premier remarked.
To promote exchange activities between Hong Kong and the Mainland in the area of Science and Technology, the Ministry of Science and Technology has supported the establishment of the State Key Laboratory of Emerging Infectious Diseases (Partner Laboratory at the HKU – Shenzhen Branch).
Additionally, HKU and the Chinese Academyof Sciences Guangzhao Institute of Biomedicine and Health, have also jointly established the Hong Kong- Guangdong Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Research Centre.
The Vice-Premier and Dr the Hon Donald Tsang officiated at the plaque unveiling ceremony of the laboratories.
To enhance educational exchange activities between the mainland and Hong Kong, Vice-Premier Li announced that starting from next year, the relevant department of the central government will allocate funds that will subsidise the studies, exchanges and scientific research of 1,000 HKU students and academic staff on the mainland each year.
To celebrate the University’s Centenary, the Vice-Premier also gave a precious set of Chinese Rare Book Facsimile Reprints to the University.
Also attending the ceremony was another Guest of Honour Lord David Wilson, Chancellor of the University of Aberdeen. In the speech, he recalled his days when he studied at HKU 50 years ago. “Hong Kong Universityhas a pool of outstanding alumni who will, I am sure, continue to support it. It has high quality students here now, both from Hong Kong and elsewhere. They are fortunate to be here. Certainly I count myself as fortunate to have studied here and to be a member of the University family as the holder of an Honorary Degree.”
HKU Vice-Chancellor Professor Lap-Chee Tsui thanked the Vice-Premier and the audience for attending the Centenary Ceremony.
Reflecting on the University’s history, Professor Tsui said that it is in the context of wisdom and virtue that HKU celebrates its centenary, noting that: “The dimensions of ‘knowledge, heritage and service’ represent the missions of our multiple roles: to be a knowledge hub for learning and research, a cultural crossroads where East meets West and the past illuminates the future, and a service platform where the University nurtures global citizens and is itself nurtured by the community.”
“We think globally, and position ourselves in the national context and the international arena. It will be our vision for excellence, our aspiration for freedom, our devotion to student learning and, our commitment to society that will guide us through the next 100 years,” He said.
Apart from attending the ceremony, the Vice-Premier also met with different members of the HKU community. Among them were Professor Jao Tsung-I, renowned contemporary sinologist, 30 HKU students from various faculties and 40 overseas and local university presidents, distinguished scholars and academicians. The Vice-Premier also learned about the history of HKU, and its development and research achievements when he toured the HKU Centenary Exhibition.
The following is a biographical sketch of Li Keqiang:
Li Keqiang, male, ethnic Han, native of Dingyuan, Anhui Province, born in July 1955. Joined the Communist Party of China (CPC) in May 1976 and began working in March 1974. Graduated from the School of Economics of Peking University, majoring in economics. With on-the-job postgraduate education. Doctor of Economics.
Member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, vice-premier of the State Council and deputy secretary of its Leading Party Members’ Group.
1974-1976 Secondary school graduate sent to work at Dongling Brigade, Damiao Commune,Fengyang County, AnhuiProvince
1976-1978 Party branch secretary of Damiao Brigade, Damiao Commune, Fengyang County, Anhui Province
1978-1982 Student of the Department of Law and leading member of the Student Union of Peking University
1982-1983 Secretary of the Communist Youth League of China (CYLC) committee of Peking University
1983-1985 Director-general of the School Department of the CYLC Central Committee and concurrently secretary-general of the All-China Students’ Federation, alternate member of the Secretariat of the CYLC Central Committee
1985-1993 Member of the Secretariat of the CYLC Central Committee and vice-chairman of the All-China Youth Federation (September-November 1991: studied at the Party School of CPC Central Committee)
1993-1998 First secretary of the Secretariat of the CYLC Central Committee and concurrently president of the China Youth Political College (1988-1994: obtained MA and doctorate of Economics after attending the on-the-job postgraduate program on Economics at the School of Economics of Peking University)
1998-1999 Deputy secretary of the CPC Henan Provincial Committee and acting governor of Henan Province
1999-2002 Deputy secretary of the CPC Henan Provincial Committee and governor of Henan Province
2002-2003 Secretary of the CPC Henan Provincial Committee and governor of Henan Province
2003-2004 Secretary of the CPC Henan Provincial Committee and chairman of the Standing Committee of the Henan Provincial People’s Congress
2004-2005 Secretary of the CPC Liaoning Provincial Committee
2005-2007 Secretary of the CPC Liaoning Provincial Committee and chairman of the Standing Committee of the Liaoning Provincial People’s Congress
2007-2008 Member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee
2008- Member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, vice-premier of the State Council and deputy secretary of its Leading Party Members’ Group.
Member of the 15th, 16th and 17th CPC central committees. Member of the Political Bureau and its Standing Committee of the 17th CPC Central Committee. Member of the Standing Committee of the 8th National People’s Congress.