In 2012 HKUST received a HK$3 million donation from Chairman of Kingrich Asia Holdings Limited Dr Ko Pui Shuen for the renovation of Library space and a digitization project. To honor Dr Ko's generosity, the new multi-purpose display and reading area is named the Hong Kong Chiu Chow Chamber of Commerce Ko Pui Shuen Gallery.
An opening ceremony (http://library.ust.hk/info/kps/kps.html) was held on 28 November to celebrate. Dr Ko addressed the guests on her vision of education and the promotion of Chinese history and culture. President Tony Chan noted the significance of humanities and social studies in education and highly appreciated Dr Ko’s commitment. Ms Diana Chan, our librarian, highlighted the significance of the Library Special Collections which are unique among China’s universities, and thanked Dr Ko for her support in a digitization project to make these treasures available online for all researchers.
Professor Jao Tsung-I was among the guests, and it was our great honour to obtain his calligraphy for the Gallery signage. After unveiling Professor Jao’s calligraphy, guests visited the Gallery on the Library first floor, where a presentation was made to introduce the facilities and the status of the digitization project. The display cases were filled with precious items from the Special Collections including original works by Galileo and Newton. High resolution scanned images of antique maps from the digitization project were shown. Guests enjoyed the opportunity to compare originals hung on the walls with the enlarged digital images. They were attracted by the 1938 Japanese map of Guangdong province (http://lbezone.ust.hk/bib/b923439
) which shows details of Chaoshan (潮汕)
district, and enjoyed finding Tseung Kwan O (將軍澳)
and Yau Ma Tei (油麻地)
marked on the map.