Newsletter No. 399

12 No. 399, 4.6.2012 …… 如是说 Thus Spake… 物理系系主任夏克青教授 Prof. Xia Keqing, Chairman, Department of Physics 下期预告 Coming 伍宜孙书院院长李沛良教授 Prof. Rance P.L. Lee Master, Wu Yee Sun College 是什么驱使你2009年退休后还担负起书院院长的 重任? 2007年中,我获大学委任为伍宜孙书院筹划委员会的委 员,翌年刘遵义校长提出由我出任创院院长,我婉拒了,他 仍多番嘱我考虑。2009年暑假前夕,他旧事重提。我郑重 审度:本身是中大校友,也在此任教多年,体察到书院制于 大学的重要。2012年学生骤增,成立新书院事在必行,若 办得不好,将严重破坏书院制,大伤中大元气。正如刘教授 所说,善用我当崇基学院院长十年的宝贵经验、以及在中 大四十多年建立的广阔人脉,凭亲和力凝聚同侪,为大学 办好一所新书院,是义不容辞的。得到太太和家人的支持, 我终于在暑假后答应了刘校长。 给2012年的第一批学生准备了什么? 由于整固斜坡和迁移树木额外需时,校园工程须延期完 成。第一批学生是艰苦的,三百一十八人,一半在国际生舍 堂「寄人篱下」,另一半则「流离失所」,既无宿舍也无校 园。但年轻人先苦后甜是好事。崇基创校之初借教堂在地 库上课,新亚「手空空,无一物」,何尝不苦?但他们的校友 每提及当年的苦,却满是自豪。现在的困顿会是将来的美 好回忆。创院学生的体验有助我们改进,模塑书院日后的 面貌,身分可是独一无二的。在缺乏校园设施的一年,书院 将筹划多种活动,包括创意工作坊、高桌讲座、研讨会和论 坛、海外及本地的服务学习计划,海外学术交流活动,藉此 凝聚学生。他们的书院生活绝不会枯燥。 你期望伍宜孙书院的学生有什么特质? 我希望他们不但好学,还刻苦坚毅;有从实求知的科学态 度,批判性思考;勇于创新,有热诚,有前瞻的眼光;关心社 会,秉持公义,扶持弱势社群;热心保护环境,对文化艺术 有兴趣和品味。 新书院成立对中大书院制有何影响? 首先是令中大书院的规模、形式和理念更多元化。旧书院 校园面积大,人数起码两三千。新书院小型的只三百或六百 人,中型如和声跟我们是一千二、三百人,部分更新添了同宿 共膳的生活模式。崇基本于基督博爱精神,新亚扎根儒家 伦理,联合强调务实风气,逸夫心怀社会服务。新书院也各 自精彩:善衡提出「家」的概念,和声重视和谐关系,晨兴 突出国际化,敬文崇尚「求知利他」,我们是创新志业和社 会责任。书院多元化丰富了学生的选择,毕业生有不同的 气质,可在社会广大范畴发挥影响。 新书院的成立无可避免会加强书院之间的竞争,但也将激 发新意,甚或促成各种前所未有的协同效应,一同进步。 你出任公职无数,对当院长有什么影响? 四十多年来在医疗健康、社会福利、治安惩教和教育政策 与发展四方面的社会服务,令我深觉社会问题之多和复 杂,作为老师,实有需要好好教导学生多认识、多关心和 多参与社会,也要抛掉陈套,靠创意和热诚协助社会解决 和处理种种问题。多项公职也给我认识社会各界人士的机 会,邀请他们和学生分享其宝贵阅历,最好不过。 若非要统领新书院,这些日子你该是怎样过的? 退休之初,整个人轻松了,神采飞扬,穿起颜色鲜明的休闲 服,步履轻盈,无拘无束。我本该趁健康还好,多跟老朋友 旅行,多运动,开展阅读小说、散文和历史书籍的大计, 完成几篇已研究资料却还没时间写的论文,还有一本社会 学研究法的书,作为学术生涯的总结篇章。若崇基学院 或社会学系有用得着之处,则随时效命。现在,恐怕得待 2016年退任后才可遂愿了。 What lulled you from retirement in 2009 to become master of a new College? In mid-2007, the University appointed me as a member of the Planning Committee for Wu Yee Sun College. The following year, Prof. Lawrence J. Lau, then Vice-Chancellor, proposed that I be the Founding Master of the College but I declined. Just before the summer holidays in 2009, he brought it up again. I thought, I am an alumnus of CUHK and have taught here for many years. I am fully aware of the importance of the collegiate system to the University. Establishing the new Colleges is a necessity as the student population will surge in 2012. If not done properly, it would do serious damage to the collegiate system and to CUHK. As Professor Lau said, I should capitalize on my 10 years of experience as the Head of Chung Chi College, my extensive network built over some 40 years here, and use my personal assets to attract people who would join me in running a new College for the University. I had the support of my wife and my family. After that summer, I agreed to take up the job. What will Wu Yee Sun College do to welcome its first cohort of students in 2012? Due to slope stabilization and tree transplantation, works on the College campus have to take a little longer. Things are going to be tough for the first batch of 318 students. Half would need to take temporary shelter at International House, the remaining would have neither hostel nor campus for a while. But a little suffering is good for young people. When Chung Chi was founded, it held classes in the basement of a church, while New Asia College had almost nothing. But when their alumni talk about the experience, they are always filled with pride. The present setbacks are the stuff of good memories. The experience of the first students will help us to improve and define the future of the College. Their role is irreplaceable. In the year when facilities are inadequate, the College will organize different activities to help students bond, including creative workshops, high-table lectures, seminars, forums, overseas and local schemes on service- learning, and exchange opportunities. Their College lives will not be boring. What do you expect to see in the students of Wu Yee Sun College? I hope they will be keen on learning, hardy and persistent; possess the scientific spirit of acquiring knowledge through practice and thinking critically; eager to innovate; sincere and visionary; caring towards society, striving to maintain justice, helping the weak and the needy in society; passionate about protecting the environment; possess interest and taste in art and culture. How do you see the impact of the new Colleges on the collegiate tradition of CUHK? It will add diversity to the scale, form and concept of the University’s collegiate system. The old Colleges are larger in physical size and accommodate at least 2,000 or 3,000 students. The smaller of the new Colleges can only house 300 or 600 students. The medium-sized ones such as Lee Woo Sing and us, 1,200 or 1,300. Some adopt communal dining. Chung Chi is rooted in the love of God; New Asia in Confucian ethics; United in pragmatism; and Shaw in service to society. The new Colleges also have different orientations. S.H. Ho College emphasizes the concept of ‘home’; Lee Woo Sing College, harmonious relations; Morningside, internationalism; and CW Chu, the pursuit of knowledge and an altruistic spirit. We attach importance to innovation and an entrepreneurial spirit with social responsibility. Diversity enriches the choices available to students, imparting to graduates different skills and flair that will enable them to make their influences felt in more areas of society. The establishment of new Colleges would inevitably heighten competition among the Colleges, but it would also stimulate creativity and foster unprecedented synergy, allowing us to progress together. How will your reputable profile in community services impact on your work as College Master? My 40-plus years of experience developing social services in medicine and health, social welfare, public order and correctional services, and education policy and development have made me realize the prevalence and complexity of social problems. As a teacher, I have a duty to guide students to understand, care about, and participate in society; to steer clear of clichés, and tap into their creativity and passion to solve different problems. My work in the public sector has also allowed me to get to know people from different walks and invite them to share with the students their unique views and experiences. What would you have done if you didn’t need to lead the new College? At the beginning of my retirement, I was relaxed and revitalized. My step was light and I felt free in my brightly- coloured casual outfits. I should have travelled more with my buddies while my health was still good, played sports, launched my plan to read novels, essays and books on history, and finished the research for several theses that I haven’t had time to write, and a book on the research methods of sociology to wrap up my academic life. And if Chung Chi College or the Department of Sociology needed my service, I should have readily responded. Now, I’m afraid I’ll have to wait till my retirement in 2016 to fulfill these wishes.

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