The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) received a generous donation of HK$5 million from the Tin Ka Ping Foundation (Foundation), which will be credited to the ‘Tin Ka Ping Education Foundation’ to support Service-learning programmes focusing on Greater China and countries along the One-Belt-One-Road.
Today, the Tin Ka Ping Foundation Donation Ceremony at PolyU was officiated by Mr TIN Hing Sin, Chairman of the Foundation, Professor Jin-Guang TENG, PolyU President, Mr TAI Hay Lap, Vice Chairman of the Foundation, Mr TIN Wing Sin and Professor Kenneth YOUNG, Directors of the Foundation as well as Dr Miranda LOU, Executive Vice Chairman of PolyU.
Professor TENG expressed his sincere gratitude to the Tin Ka Ping Foundation, with special mention of the late Dr Tin Ka Ping, founder of the Foundation and a role model with talent and virtue. “I am impressed by the great contribution the Foundation has made to the country’s development through its support of education. Over the years, the Foundation has subsidized over 300 schools and institutes in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau,” said Professor TENG.
PolyU is the first local university incorporating service-learning as a compulsory subject for the undergraduates. Service-Learning enables young people to develop positive values. Participation in overseas Service-Learning projects also widens students’ global vision and enhances their sense of empathy and social responsibility. Chairman TIN also mentioned that the Foundation first supported PolyU in 2003. With the launch of the government’s matching grants in 2007, the Foundation offered another donation to PolyU and the ‘Tin Ka Ping Education Foundation’ was then established.
Chairman TIN stated that the Foundation has supported many meaningful programmes over the years which were very successful, including those initiatives like youth programme, visiting scholar programme, language programme run by Department of Applied Social Sciences, School of Nursing and English Learning Centre.
Chairman TIN resonates with the University to live up to its motto ‘To Learn and to Apply, for the Benefit of Mankind’. PolyU is devoted to nurturing critical thinkers, innovative problem solvers and socially responsible global citizens, this aligns with the Foundation’s philosophy of nurturing youngsters with morality and talents.
Directors of the Foundation were pleased to have a constructive exchange with management of PolyU, teaching academic and beneficiary project participants at the Ceremony. With the support and blessing of the Foundation, PolyU will continue to provide life-changing learning experiences helping our students open their minds and shape the future.