Local and Non-local Students from CUHK Join CLOVER Orientation DayVice-Chancellor Professor Rocky S. Tuan Encourages Cultural Integration Through Kindness
For the ninth year running, the campus-wide cultural diversity and voluntary service programme CLOVER held its Orientation Day recently. Professor Rocky S. Tuan, the new incumbent Vice-Chancellor and President of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) attended the student activity to support the programme. Over 80 local and non-local students participating in the programme welcomed Professor Tuan with an enthusiastic ‘Dem Beat’ in CUHK tradition.
Following the cheerful welcoming ceremony, Professor Tuan talked to the students from different parts of the world and encouraged them to be open to interacting and co-operating with their fellows from different backgrounds and to enhance interaction with the local community via CLOVER. Professor Tuan said, “Public service has always been a core mission of CUHK. We encourage and support our students to apply their knowledge learned to serve local, regional, and international communities. We also hope to create an inclusive and diversified environment on campus, in which different cultures are valued and respected.” The participants then spoke with Professor Tuan and told him why they participated in the CLOVER programme and what their expectations were.
This year, CLOVER participants will serve five groups including people living in sub-divided flats, homeless people, ethnic minorities, new immigrants from mainland China and elderly people living alone. It is expected that students will be contributed to society through serving the various groups. Training in volunteer services will be provided to the students and they are encouraged to apply the skills learned during their service.
Coordinated by the Office of Student Affairs (OSA) of CUHK, CLOVER (Community + Local and Overseas students + Volunteers = Everlasting Relationships) which debuted in 2009, is a campus-wide cultural diversity and voluntary service programme in which local, mainland and international students join hands to serve the needy in Hong Kong. The programme also provides a chance for non-local students to explore the local community. Over the past eight years, CLOVER has attracted more than 900 students to join and the participants have served over 1,600 people.
For details of CLOVER, please visit: http://www.cuhk.edu.hk/osa/lces/CDP_Clover.html