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Celebrity Speakers Share Their Mottos for Success at PolyU SPEED’s 15th Anniversary Public Forum
PolyU SPEED舉辦「十五周年公開論壇」 名人嘉賓分享成功座右銘

2014-11-06

Celebrity Speakers Share Their Mottos for Success at
PolyU SPEED’s 15th Anniversary Public Forum

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Talents with independent thinking and innovative ideas are conducive to the growth of a knowledge-based society. Apart from acquiring knowledge from books, the younger generation could also learn practical experience and life wisdom from the outstanding leaders of different sectors. In this way, they can contribute to the development of Hong Kong in a sustainable manner.

To celebrate its 15th anniversary, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University-affiliated School of Professional Education and Executive Development (PolyU SPEED) held the “15th Anniversary Public Forum Series (1): Imparting Wisdom in a Knowledge-based Society” at PolyU’s Chiang Chen Studio Theatre on 29 October 2014. Prof. Frederick Ma Si Hang, former Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Mr Shih Wing Ching, Founder of Centaline Property Agency Limited and am730, and Mr Sunny Cheung Yiu Tong, former Chief Executive Officer of the Octopus Group, were invited as celebrity speakers to share their professional experience and mottos for success.

Prof. Frederick Ma Si Hang viewed that the effective use of Information Technology would give one an edge in a knowledge-based society, and the key to success is “thinking out of the box, as well as being adventurous, innovative and open-minded.” He also encouraged students not to give up despite setbacks in the public examinations. “Studying at school builds up the first half of your life journey. How to lead a successful life thereafter depends on other factors too,” said Prof. Ma.

Rising from an employee to an entrepreneur, Mr Shih Wing Ching believed that one should always learn from mistakes and be flexible. “You would never improve if you are afraid of making mistakes. This also applies to a corporation, which should not be overly restricted by bureaucratic mechanisms. These mechanisms may cause inflexibility and inefficiency, and thus put the corporation at risk.” Citing Hong Kong’s development over the past decades as an example, Mr Shih analysed that from a trading port, Hong Kong had evolved to a city initially prospered with light industries, and then with tertiary industries and an international financial hub status. “Agility is the key to success. There is always a way out in the market,” added he.

Mr Sunny Cheung Yiu Tong believed that attitude determines altitude. “Give before you take. Opportunities come to those who proactively strive for success,” said Mr Cheung. He encouraged the audience to pursue continuing education in order to keep up with the times. He also reminded them to think independently in the era of information explosion. One should verify the information on the Internet, and transform them into knowledge through critical thinking.

Local tertiary institutions have been playing a role in driving Hong Kong’s innovation. Since its establishment in 1999, PolyU SPEED has been growing steadily and offering professionally-oriented and multi-disciplinary programmes, covering a broad range of subject areas that meet the changing needs of society. The development of a knowledge-based economy boosted the demand for degree holders in the job market.

Dr Jack Lo, Director of PolyU SPEED said, “This year celebrates our 15th Anniversary. Thanks to the efforts of our staff, all top-up degree programmes leading to PolyU-SPEED awards have been upgraded to honours degree level with the approval from PolyU Senate. This marks an important milestone for the School. PolyU SPEED also partners with different organisations to provide students with international exchange and internship opportunities.”

Dr Lo remarked that PolyU SPEED is committed to nurturing all-round and knowledgeable talents for society, and more top-up honours degree programmes covering different disciplines are planned to be offered in the near future.

 

PolyU SPEED舉辦「十五周年公開論壇」
名人嘉賓分享成功座右銘

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具獨立思考及創新思維的人才對知識型社會的發展十分重要。年青人除了從書本上學習基本知識外,更應向不同界別的卓越領袖汲取實戰經驗和人生智慧,加以靈活應用,幫助推動香港社會的持續發展。

香港理工大學專業進修學院(下稱PolyU SPEED)為慶祝成立十五周年,於2014年10月29日在香港理工大學蔣震劇院舉行「十五周年公開論壇系列(一):知識應用 智慧傳承」,並邀得三位名人擔任嘉賓講者,包括商務及經濟發展局前局長馬時亨教授、中原集團及am730創辦人施永青先生,以及八達通集團前行政總裁張耀堂先生,分享他們的專業經驗和成功之道。

馬時亨教授表示,要在知識型社會中突圍而出,先要掌握和運用資訊科技,並應「Think out of the box(跳出思考框框)!時刻保持開放的態度,勇於嘗試,發揮創意。」馬教授亦勉勵同學不要因公開試的一時挫折而氣餒,「讀書只是人生的上半場;下半場的成功,還取決於很多因素。」

施永青先生從「打工仔」踏上創業之路,並成為成功的企業家,他認為知識是要從錯誤中學習的,「容許犯錯,才有進步。企業要進步,不應被一些防錯機制過份約束,否則只會令企業失去靈活性,最終被淘汰。」他又以香港的經濟發展為例,分析香港從轉口港、輕工業、服務業,發展成為國際金融中心的變革之路,「靈活變通乃致勝之道!總之,市場總有出路。」

張耀堂先生則指出態度決定一切,「先言付出,後談代價;機會是留給積極爭取的人。」他鼓勵大家要與時並進,持續進修,自我增值;並提醒在現今這個資訊爆炸的年代,大眾要懂得分辨網上資訊的真偽,多作獨立思考,將資訊轉化為有用的知識。

本地大專院校一向在推動香港創新發展方面擔當著重要的角色。PolyU SPEED自1999年成立以來,一直穩步發展,學院開辦的一系列專業及跨學科課程,涵蓋不同範疇,以回應社會不斷變遷的需求。隨著知識型經濟發展,就業市場對學士學位畢業生的需求增加,PolyU SPEED 院長羅文強博士表示:「今年欣逢學院成立十五周年,經過教職員多年來的努力,我們獲理大教務委員會批准,將所有PolyU SPEED學銜的學士學位課程升格至榮譽學位程度,這是學院一個重要的里程碑。此外,學院亦與不同機構合作,為同學提供國際交流和實習機會。」

羅院長續道,PolyU SPEED計劃在未來開辦更多不同範疇的學士學位銜接課程,繼續為社會培育全方位知識型人才。