On 1 January, the University held a flag-raising ceremony on campus to welcome the New Year. PolyU Council Chairman Dr Lam Tai-fai, President Prof. Jin-Guang Teng, Deputy Council Chairman Dr Lawrence Li Kwok-chang, President Emeritus Prof. the Honourable Poon Chung-kwong, Emeritus Professor (Structural Engineering) Prof. Jan-ming Ko, together with Council and Court members, University senior management, University Fellows, Outstanding Alumni, members of the PolyU Foundation, distinguished guests, staff, students and alumni attended the ceremony, wishing the Nation and Hong Kong prosperity and stability. The flag-raising was performed by the PolyU Student Flag-Raising Team.

Dr Lam Tai-fai said, “Over the past year, Hong Kong has advanced towards a new stage, moving from stability to prosperity, with the economy showing gradual recovery and society restoring its stability. We are also pleased to see the District Council Election concluded successfully, which strengthens the implementation of the ‘patriots administering Hong Kong’ principle.”

Dr Lam added that, in the coming year, PolyU will harness its strengths in education, research and knowledge transfer, while rendering its full support to the HKSAR government in integrating itself into the overall development of the Nation and fully capitalising on our distinctive advantages of strong support from the Motherland and close connection to the world under the principle of “One Country, Two Systems”, working hand in hand with our country to create a better future.

Prof. Jin-Guang Teng remarked, “With the aspiration to be an innovative world-class university, PolyU is committed to nurturing socially responsible talents who possess a strong sense of national identity and a global perspective, and to pursuing impactful research and innovation to address societal needs.”

Prof. Teng said that, as the new year begins, the University will continue to strive for excellence, support the development of Hong Kong into an international innovation and technology hub, and contribute to the advancement of our Nation, guided by the PolyU motto: “To learn and to apply, for the benefit of mankind”.