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Completion Inauguration of Outstanding Alumnus Chan Wai Nam’s Statue Held in HSNU
The completion inauguration of the Statue of Chan Wai Nam –an outstanding alumnus of HNSU and renowned entrepreneur as well as philanthropist residing in Hong Kong – took place on the East Campus on the morning of Oct. 19th. The ceremony, held in a festive atmosphere with lion dancing and drum beating, marked the 115th Founding Anniversary of of HSNU.
Chan Wai Nam, Founding President of the Federation of Hong Kong Chiu Chow Community Organizations and President of the Board of Trustees (HSNU), attended the ceremony in person and witnessed the unveiling of the Statue by a number of guests of honor, including: Liu Lin, Minister of Hong Kong Island Working Department, Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in HK SAR; Dr. Chan Yau Nam, President of the Federation of Hong Kong Chiu Chow Community Organizations; Liu Xiaotao, Secretary of Chaozhou Municipal Party Committee and Director of the Standing Committee of the People’s Congress of Chaozhou Municipality; Xing Xiaotao, Secretary of the University Party Committee; Chen Shusi, President of HSNU; Zhang Yikun, President of Teochew International Federation; Lin Sun Leung, President of Hong Kong Chiu Chow Chamber of Commerce; Wong Shu Yui, Honorary President of Hong Kong Chiu Chow Community Oganizations; Guan Qiaozhong, Representative of the University alumni and Vice President of the Board of Trustees; and Liu Xizhong, Representative of the University alumni and President of the University Alumni Association in Guangzhou. The inauguration was presided over by Lin Guangying – Deputy Secretary of the University Party Committee and Secretary of Disciplinary Inspection Commission.
President Chen Shusi delivered a speech, indicating that Mr. Chan Wai Nam has set up an excellent example of patriotism, unremitting spirit and endeavor for Chaozhou people at home and abroad. Mr. Chan, with his constant financial support to his Alma Mater, always encourages both teachers and students to work harder by citing his rich experiences and credos. Such wise words and deeds form the “Wai Nam Spirit” that has become an essential part of the University’s campus culture, providing a model for both faculty and students.
Mr. Chan has won high acclaims from people across all walks of life because of his strong sense of responsibility to his hometown, the society and the country, his wise words and noble deeds, his passionate dedication and devotion, all of which derives from his great gratitude to his Alma Mater. President Chen further pointed out that all faculty, students and alumni (or Hanshi People) should learn and spread Mr. Chan’s spirit of to-be-the-best and entrepreneurship, remember their roots and never forget their hometowns and motherland, keep in mind the virtue of devotion; respect the Confucian culture of advocating literacy and education; and abide by the principles of loyalty and trust. The completion of the Statue itself will enrich the connotation of campus culture and inspire Hanshi People to spread Wai Nam Spirit further through hard work and endeavor by following the strategy and goals of “Five Focuses” put forward by the University Party Committee, with the ultimate aim of cultivating morally-intellectually-physically-and-aesthetically-sound successors to the cause of socialism with Chinese characteristics.
Dr. Chan Yau Nam, on behalf of Chan Wai Nam and his family, expressed thanks for the completion of the Statue, noting that his father has, throughout all his life, adhered to his teachers’ inculcation of dedication and gratitude. Dr. Chan hoped that the Statue will function as a model to inspire people to better spread Wai Nam Spirit. He urged students of HSNU to keep in mind their original aspirations by working harder so that they will be grateful to their Alma Mater and able to contribute their due part to the society.
The Statue, made of alpha bronze, with its base, engraved characters and giving name list made of granite, is 218 cm tall. Designed and built by famous sculpturer Zhuang Zheng (of Chaozhou origin), the Statue perfectly captures Mr. Chan Wai Nam’s image and demeanor with its simplicity of lines, solidness of materials and magnificence of contour. It showcases a benevolent and amiable gentleman of Chan Wai Nam, expressing his gratitude to his Alma Mater. Now that the Statue is completed, it will become a new “hotspot” of HSNU, a new carrier of socialist ideology and core values, and a new driving force of cultivating the spirit of endeavor and devotion for both faculty and students.
Over 500 personnel attended the ceremony. They were: delegations of Hong Kong Chiu Chow Chamber of Commerce in Chaozhou, Shantou and Jieyang cities, and the Preparation Committee of the 20th Teochew International Convention, representatives of the University Board of Trustees, Alumni Associations of different cities; officials of relevant departments of Chaozhou Government, departments of the University and its subordinate schools as well as representatives of faculty and students.
Some guests of honor were shown in the table below:
|Name||Position / title|
|Xu He||Member of the Standing Committee of Chaozhou Municipal Committee & Director of the United Front Department|
|Yu Hongchun||Vice Mayor of Chaozhou|
|Wu Yuzhong, Chen Yalin, Huang Jingzhong||Vice Presidents of HSNU|
|Colin Zheng, Jp||Executive President of the Preparation Committee for the 20th Teochew International Convention and Justice of the Peace|
|Gray Tong||Mayor of Greater South Island, New Zealand|
|Taame Iti||New Zealand Maori Elders|
|Xie Xiwu||Managing Director of Hong Kong Chiu Chow Chamber of Commerce and member of the visiting delegation of the Preparation Committee of the 20th Teochew International Federation|
|Lin Lunlun||Vice President of the University Board of Trustees and Former President of HSNU|
|Xue Junli||Board Member and Former President of HSNU|
|Zhuang Donghong||Former Vice President of HSNU|
|Zhuang Zheng||Renowned contemporary sculpturer and creator of Chan Wai Nam Statue|
|Yu Haoming||President of Alumni Association of HSNU and Former Deputy Secretary of the University Party Committee|
|Wu Pinghe||Alumnus, Former Deputy Director of the Standing Committee of the People’s Congress of Jieyang Municipality, and President of the Association for Promotion of the Old Area Construction of Jieyang City|
|Xu Ruihan||Vice President of the University Alumni Association and Chairman of the Alumni Association in Shenzhen and Hong Kong|
|Xu Yibing||Honorary President of the University Alumni Association in Shenzhen and Hong Kong as well as General Manager of Chaozhou Jurong Education Investment Co., Ltd.|