Newsletter No. 312

第 312 期 2008 年 2 月 4 日 No. 312 4 February 2008 (续下页 To be continued ) 第三一二期 二零零八年二月四日 No. 312 4 February 2008 四载潇洒过 无憾总有情 逸夫书院院长程伯中教授卸任访问 Four Rewarding and Enjoyable Years Interview with Prof. Ching Pak-chung, Head of Shaw College 2004年,程伯中教授出任逸夫书院院长之时曾说,相对于其 他三所成员书院,逸夫的历史仍短,而成立的基础又是因应 大学的扩展,角色亦要配合校方的整体发展需要,是以,独特 的书院精神也就没有那么明显。四年过去,离任在即,他觉 得逸夫精神可有冒现? When first assuming duty as Head of Shaw College, Prof. Ching Pak-chung had said that Shaw has a shorter history compared to the other three constituent Colleges. Its establishment was a response to the expansion of the University and its role was to support the development of the whole University. Therefore, the spirit of Shaw was relatively less distinct. Four years have passed and Prof. Ching is stepping down as Head of Shaw. Does he think that the Shaw spirit is more tangible now? 程 伯中教授多番强调,在时间的长河里,三四年 对建立一所书院的精神来说,只是一个很短 的段落。他指出无论是本港或海外的学府和书院,都 认同培育品格崇高、富于学养的人才,是最重要的使 命。逸夫的院训「修德讲学」,标示了这放诸四海皆 准的理念。 「逸夫人」轮廓鲜明 在履行使命的过程上,过去二十多年来,逸夫积极鼓励 学生不但参与活动,更要领导推动。程教授说,发展到 现在,很多大型活动的动力都是来自学生,「书院在背 后担当协助的角色,容许学生在资源规范下,尽量引入 新思维,摸索一条大家都认同的路。」这份认同,最主要 的不是来自院长或教职员,而是学生这个最大的群体。 多年来各种活动不断推陈出新,「从活动的取态、内容 的日趋多元化,我可看到逸夫同学日渐成长、成熟。」 「『逸夫人』不因循,勇于尝试,勇于接受新事物, 接受新挑战,发挥新思维,开创新空间。作为社会 的一分子,他们了解某些底线、某些框架;作为团体 的一分子,他们知道自己肩负的使命。」问及「逸夫 人」的特质,程教授毫不犹疑,道出这个立体形象。 知所需 引导有方 书院在这方面的配合是有迹可寻的。程教授常常提到 要了解学生所需,多走一步,扩展多点空间。例如, 喜欢组乐队玩流行音乐的中大学生虽有不少,但是很 多人对这活动不以为然,大学以至书院也缺少支持。 程教授与学生接触多了,了解到这活动值得鼓励,于 是便提供地方,并在各方的资助下,打造了一个像样 的排练室,让乐队练习。到现在,很多校内组织在搞 活动的时候,都会情商逸夫的乐队表演助阵。又如宿 生爱关在房间里打电玩,院方不会一面倒认为那是反 群体生活的行为,而是因势利导,组织一个电玩大 赛,把他们引出房间,驱使他们参与筹划,构思比赛 规则,选择电玩的规格,确保运作公平,还要动员同 学参加。就是这样,打电玩便化为一个群体协作的活 动和学习机会。 「逸夫的活动,不但『逸夫人』参加,别的书院也来 参加。」程教授自豪地指出逸夫常开风气之先。好像 一群校友对划艇很有热诚,随而带动学生的参与,现 在推广至整所大学,不但其他书院成立了院队,大学 也有校队。他认为这种开放、灵活和创新的特色,经 过多几代「逸夫人」发扬光大,大抵便会成为所谓 「逸夫精神」的重要元素。 校友径 延展情谊 回想出任院长的日子,程教授感激学生、教师和同事 给他强实的支援,让他慢慢干出各持份者都觉得不错 的成绩来。校董会的热诚也让他铭感于心。例如越乔 艺廊便是在其中一位校董热心支持下成立的,用意在 提供场地,支援文化艺术的推广,曾举办的展览包括 版画、雕塑、京粤戏曲发展史和早期圣诞卡等。 书院凝聚了不同学科的师生,就像社会的缩影。今日 的院友,往往是一生的良朋,或是事业的伙伴。展望 将来,维系日渐壮大、人数逾万的校友网络,将是书 院要务之一。程教授说,校友事务委员会正在构思怎 样为「逸夫人」在校园留下印记。从院长办公室俯 望,可见花园地上竖立了一块块的金属牌,每块牌上 都刻了一届「逸夫人」毕业生的名字、年份、系别, 由第一届到现在,组成一条「校友径」,是书院刻意 为校友营造的一个景致。程教授笑说:「多年后, 我们的校友带着男女朋友、甚至丈夫、太太和儿女 新春假期后,本刊下一期(第313期)将于3月4日出版。 The CUHK Newsletter will take a break after the 4 February issue and resume publication on 4 March. P rof. Ching Pak-chung emphasized that three to four years was just a brief episode for the development of the spirit of a college. He pointed out that the motto of Shaw College, ‘To cultivate virtue and to go deeply into what one has learned’, is a stated commitment to the universally upheld idea of cultivating young talent who possess both knowledge and integrity. ‘Shaw People’ In the past 20 years or so, Shaw College has strived to fulfil its mission by encouraging its students to be not only participants of college activities, but organizers and promoters as well. Prof. Ching said that many large-scale activities are actually initiated and pushed by the students. ‘The College only plays a supporting role. Resources permitting, the College encourages its students to break free from conventional thinking and to search for paths that are endorsed by all.’ This endorsement comes not from the College Head or staff, but the largest community of the College, namely, the students. ‘From the increasing diversity of the nature and scope of the activities, I can see that Shaw students are developing and maturing.’ ‘“Shaw People” like to make new attempts and are receptive to new ideas. They are ready to take up challenges and think out of the box. As a part of society, they are sensitive to certain bottom lines and norms. As a member of the community, they know their mission and responsibilities.’ When asked about the characteristics of ‘Shaw People’, Prof. Ching painted this vivid image instantly. Knowing the Needs Prof. Ching values the importance of knowing the needs of the students and creating more space by taking one more step forward. For example, although quite a few CUHK students are keen on forming bands and playing pop music, this activity is frowned on by many. But Prof. Ching realized from his contacts with the students that this is an activity worth encouraging. Therefore, the College injected resources for creating a band room. Now, the Shaw Band has become a popular performer in College and other campus activities. The College believes that video game playing is not necessarily adverse to the social life of students and can be a good way to lure them out of their rooms. It held a video game competition and got these students involved in the planning and organization. In doing so, it succeeded in turning video gaming into a group activity and a learning opportunity. ‘Participants of Shaw activities are not limited to Shaw students. There are also students from the other Colleges.’ Prof. Ching proudly pointed out that Shaw College is a pioneer in many aspects. For example, thanks to the promotion of a few alumni who are

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