University of Chicago opens Hong Kong campus

University of Chicago opens Hong Kong campus

October 27, 2019 3 By Stanley Isaacs


[MUSIC] [ZIMMER] The opening of the Hong Kong
campus represents an ambitious expansion of our commitment in and with China. [DIERMEIER] The University of Chicago
has a long rich history of scholarly engagement with the
world outside its walls. [SRINIVASAN] All our global
presence is faculty driven and it speaks to who we are. [CHEUNG] Together what we want to
create it’s not just a physical campus but also a global network and a global
hub for the best education in the world. [MUSIC] [ZIMMER] The opening of the Hong Kong
Jockey Club University of Chicago Academic Complex and the University
of Chicago Francis and Rosie Yuen Campus in Hong Kong, represents a historic moment
for the University of Chicago and our commitment to education,
research and collaboration in Hong Kong, China and Asia. [LEE] The new campus really represents
all facets of the University from the undergraduate level,
to the graduate level, to the professional schools, but more
importantly it also helped connects research in Hong Kong to
the University of Chicago. [BOYER] Well we’re very excited
to be opening a number of programs. We’re starting with a program in history
and we think this is going to be a major element of
undergraduate education. We’re not simply a teaching college but the
college also supports faculty research. When a faculty member goes to Hong Kong
this campus is going to allow them to have a very direct and immediate access
to research resources. [DIERMEIER] The campus in Hong Kong
will connect with our centers in Beijing and Delhi and will offer
an important, accessible, destination for academic, corporate,
and government partners in other countries in the region. [FRANCIS YUEN] From the pursuit
of the research and also the pursuit of the career opportunity
point the view that this campus will be able to
offer for our students. [CHEUNG] The relocation of the
University of Chicago campus to Hong Kong will bring diversity
to higher education and also groom the future leaders of the social sector. [WONG] The University of Chicago has a
very broad spectrum of disciplines. I think scholars from all over the world
can come and have an opportunity to ponder the challenges of the world
in a very stimulating environment. [RAJAN] It’s the first time
that the University and Booth will be together on the same global campus. We want to have the people who are
pushing the frontiers of knowledge regardless of where they are from and
we want to educate the students who are going to be leaders
across the world in many different types of organizations. One of the things we are most proud
of about Executive MBA program and the Executive Education
courses is that regardless of where they are offered all the teaching is done by
our world-class faculty. [EKAPUTRI] The faculty are amazing. What struck me is how relevant they are to the real-life situation so
they’re academicians but they are also so connected to what’s
happening outside the world. [PEK] Having a campus here allows
me to get an American education without having to be in America. An EMBA program allows me to take time
out to actually make that step up in terms of my learning
my ability my skills. [SRINIVASAN] Thinking about the
young people in Hong Kong who want to be social entrepreneurs,
what do they need to succeed? The effort of Chicago Booth and
the Rustandy Center with the Hong Kong Jockey Club Program
on Social Innovation is going to be to work with these teams and
figure out interesting, innovative and systematic ways to
shape their new business. We will hold seminars and do research
around the social sector and really bring the University of Chicago
approach to thinking about the development of social sector in Hong Kong. [CHEUNG] So a scholarship is
beyond the financial support it is really giving the
scholars a network that they can rely on for the
rest of their life. [LAI] As an NGO we generally
do not have the funds to do professional development so the
opportunity of a scholarship provided by the Hong Kong Jockey Club
and the topic: “Leading Strategic High Performance
Organizations” I thought wow that’s something, it
will benefit my organization. [SRINIVASAN] Our study abroad program
is distinctive it’s about our faculty taking our students to
international locations. Teaching them University
of Chicago courses. [BOYER] One of the things that’s
really unique about this college’s study abroad programs is
they’re not confined to one space they take the whole of the milieu,
the whole of the city, as our learning laboratory. What this does is to open a window
to a different culture that’s very powerful for young person. This is not only memorable but it’s also transformational. [MARTIN] Being able to quickly
go from academic learning to real life learning was
something I really enjoyed. Then based on whatever you learned
in class you found interesting you can find some region of
the city that is related what you’ve been learning in the classroom. I am very happy that I
decided to study abroad, I’m very happy I decided
to go to Hong Kong. [GORMAN SMITH] The connection to
China is particularly important as our collaborative work with
scholars and peer institutions has the potential for building
new knowledge, developing new capacity and informing policy and response
to the challenges of urbanization and migration in China and has
implications beyond China. [ROSE YUEN] It is our wish that this
campus will do a lot more in engaging the public and people who even
just pass through Hong Kong in addition to just teaching classes. [LEE] So the Mount Davis site is a
grade three heritage site. We are very cognizant of the fact
that it is our responsibility to preserve and conserve the
heritage of this site. And so the way a building was designed
and built, floating on stilts, is really trying to make minimal
impact to the original site and also to minimize the type of
impact on the local environment. The Hong Kong Jockey Club
University of Chicago Heritage Campus in Hong Kong
has several parts to it where we preserve
the original building. The Heritage interpretation Center in
which we describe in a timeline the six different periods of use of this
particular space on the Mount Davis Site [CHEUNG] Members of the community will be
able to use the public hiking trail to go to the interpretation centre
but also very importantly is to tell history in a very
easily accessible way. Heritage is not just to preserve
what was there but also to give it new life that will be fit
for the public to use. [FRANCIS YUEN] The government has given
this site to us, so we do have some responsibility to
the Hong Kong people. By connecting the campus to the country
park trail, we’re bringing more people so the university can
engage the Hong Kong public. [ZIMMER] We are deeply honored by
and deeply appreciative of the absolutely critical partnerships
and support that have made this possible. Partnerships with the Hong Kong Government,
the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, Francis and Rose Yuen and dozens
of other alumni and friends. Their farsighted commitment will enable
the University’s century-old tradition of scholarly and educational collaboration
with China and Chinese academics to grow much deeper focusing on
and exploring areas where the University of Chicago’s work
can intersect with the concerns of contemporary China and the
world’s greatest challenges. [MUSIC]