Starting from the academic year 2009-10, the School of Science (SSCI) has launched a seminar series to empower our under- graduates with the ability to observe, think and critically analyze events around us.
Entitled "Knowledge without Border", the seminar series will invite celebrities, gurus and professional leaders to expound on a full spectrum of issues and topics of concerns.
Up to March 2010, a total of 6 talks have been organized, covering the following topics:
- (Popular culture) "Dissecting the Chrissie Chau Phenomenon" which generated a lot of discussion in society;
- (Current affairs) "The Resignation of Five District Legislators: the Road to Universal Suffrage?";
- (Self growth and development) "The INTOLERABLES in the Eyes of Employers";
- (Self growth and development) "What does the Future Hold for This Generation’s University Students?";
- (Contemporary history) "Sun Yat-sen’s Thinking and Hong Kong";
- (Environmental protection) "Global Climate Change — What is our Concern?".
In the near future, the seminar series will extend to even farther domains including history, culture and art and literature — spheres of knowledge that science students rarely intrude, including:
- (Chinese traditional art) Famous writer and Kun Opera expert Mr Kenneth Pai Hsien-yung will lecture on "Kun Opera and Literature";
- (Literature) Mainland writer Liu Zaifu will talk about his life as a literary writer;
- (Contemporary Chinese history) Members of the Dongjiang Guerrilla, a troop that played a key role in the war against Japanese invasion in Southern China, will relate their guerrilla warfare mounted in the period;
- (Finance and economics) Mr Joseph Yam Chi-kwong, formerly Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority will be at HKUST to address on the operation and mechanism of Hong Kong’s financial market.
As the name of the seminar series indicates, there are no boundaries for the pursuit of knowledge. As one of the endeavors of SSCI to help students explore and extend their potentials and promote their holistic growth, the seminar series will hopefully breed better interests in and sensitivity towards current affairs and broaden their knowledge base.