At Shiu Pong College’s 1st High Table Dinner (2019-2020), Keynote Speaker Mr. Sou Chio Fai Encouraged Students Seizing New Opportunities in Greater Bay Area
Shiu Pong College (SPC) held its first High Table Dinner of this academic year on September 24, 2019. As a prestigious tradition originating from world leading universities, a High Table Dinner is a social, educational, and inspiring experience for students. It highlights the very mission and purpose of the residential college system at University of Macau (UM). The dinner attracted about 250 guests and students, including Professor Billy So, Vice-Rector of UM (Student Affairs); Mr. Sou Chio Fai, invited Keynote Speaker and Director of Macao Higher Education Bureau; Professor Zhang Benzi, Master of Shiu Pong College; Professor Yip Ming Chuen, Master of Lui Che Woo College; Professor Zhang Meifang, Master of Cheong Kun Lun College; Dr. Lau Yun Tung, Master of Chao Kuang Piu College; Mr. Paul Pang, Dean of Students. In addition, 17 Non-Resident Fellows and Affiliates from different faculties also attended the dinner.
As a tradition of SPC, Master Zhang first rang the bell to start the High Table Dinner. The bell is not only to draw attention, but also to call for personal reflection, and to encourage students to gain a deeper understanding of life. Then, Mr. Sou Chio Fai delivered a keynote speech. He shared his personal stories and recalled his experience when he studied in The University of East Asia (the predecessor of UM) and in Lisbon. Amid the keynote speech sharing, Mr. Sou introduced The Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. As Greater Bay Area brings invaluable new development opportunities to different sectors of the community, especially our young people, Mr. Sou encouraged the students to grasp the opportunities and to participate in the development of the Greater Bay Area for a better tomorrow.
Besides Mr. Sou’s keynote speech, the dinner was interspersed with two performances: “My heart will go on” sang by Miss Eva Wang and piano solo “River flows in you” performed by Mr. Adrian Ng. The Inauguration Ceremony of the House Association (HA) was also held in the same evening. After Master Zhang presented certification of appointment to the executive members and chairs of HA, the new president, Mr. Sam Huang pledged to take up the important role to serve the College and all SPCers. At the toasting session, Master Zhang wished our freshmen to well prepare themselves during their four-year study in UM for greater achievement, greater responsibilities, greater contribution, and greater satisfaction in life. Eventually, a song “See you again” was performed by the College Choir. This High Table Dinner was coloured with laughter and lively chit-chat among guests and students.
其後是表演環節，由王光怡同學獻唱 “My heart will go on” 及 吳子泓同學表演鋼琴獨奏 “River flows in you”。同場也進行了紹邦書院院生會就職儀式。張院長向院生會學生領袖頒發委任證書，新任主席黃樂生同學隨後發表就職宣言，承諾竭力服務回饋全院師生。張院長在緊接的祝酒儀式上，祝福新生們在大學生涯中能做好充分準備，無悔青春。最後，書院合唱團獻唱“See you again”，為是次晚宴劃上圓滿的句號。