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Title   Message from the Vice-Chancellor of HKU
Update Time   05:47 - 2003/04/10

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Content   The following message was forwarded to HKUGA by our member, Bernadette Tsui, quoting a message by Tsui Lap-Chee, Vice-Chancellor, HKU titled "Making a Leader Out of Us"

DEar friends and alums,

A message to share, from Tsui Lap-Chee, Vice-Chancellor of the
University of Hong Kong.

Take extra care and stay healthy!


------- Forwarded Message Follows
-------Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2003 04:01:38 +0800 (HKT) From:
"the Vice-Chancellor" Subject:
Making a leader out of us Cc:

Message from the Vice-Chancellor

Dear Colleagues and Students,

The recent outbreak of Corona Virus Pneumonia (CVP, also known as
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, SARS), will certainly become a
page in the history of Hong Kong. The disease has even directly
affected some members of the staff and students of the University.
While we may feel helpless at this moment of hardship and
uncertainties, I wish to ask every member of the University to
reflect on the basics of life.

True that we are facing a highly contagious disease and many of us
are affected one way or another. We are, however, blessed with
modern medicine which gives us powerful tools to combat the disease.
I trust you would agree with me that knowledge definitely empower us
to win in this battle. And I would implore you all to treasure the
opportunity to study and to explore the great potentials brought
about by knowledge. This is, in essence, what university education
is about. Use your information tools to command the facts, use your
brain to analyse the situation, and most important of all, use your
judgement to make sound decisions.

I am very proud of our colleagues in the Faculty of Medicine,
particularly members of the Department of Microbiology, who have
made such significant contribution to the identification of the
viral agent, as well as the diagnosis and treatment of the CVP
patients. Besides their excellent record in treating CVP patients at
the Queen Mary Hospital, our medical colleagues have responded
quickly to the call of assistance from the other hospitals.
They have shared their findings and technologies with the Department
of Health, the World Health Organization, and other organizations
around the world. Staff and students of the Faculty have also stood
in front of the mass media to educate the public about this disease
and organize health exhibitions to reach out to the community.

I am also proud of our colleagues in the Faculty of Social Sciences,
the Centre on Behavioral Health, the General Education Unit and the
Department of Psychology in organizing the "We are with You"
campaign. Many students and staff members have contributed to the
campaign, taking on a leadership role in helping the patients, their
families and the greater society in dealing with the epidemic.

Through the concerted efforts of its member departments, the Task
Force on CVP (SARS) too has been advising students and staff on how
to protect ourselves against the disease. Thanks must also be due,
in particular, to crews in the University Health Service, the
Estates Office and the other offices concerned who have been
conducting extensive disinfection when there were potential cases,
and putting into place other precautionary measures.

In these trying times, the self-sufficient ones will survive.
However, the leaders among you will use this lesson to bring out the
best in humanity. I have high expectations on you, our students,
fellow staff members and alumni. I expect you to do more than just
surviving this situation. I want you to be leaders in the community.

Let's support our colleagues and expand on what they have started.
Let's focus on our respective tasks and concentrate our energy on
our work. Let's turn this episode into an opportunity to bring out
the best in us. Let's show the world that we might be down, but not
beaten. Let's show ourselves that we can learn the lessons, meet the
challenges and come out of this trial a better person.

Yours sincerely,

Lap-Chee Tsui


10 Apr 03

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