Welcome to the newsletter from the Faculty of Science (FoS) at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). Featured in this issue are recent events on education and research in the FoS and highlights on the faculty, staff, students and alumni in recent months!
As we prepare this newsletter with the capable staff in the Science Faculty Office, I am very pleased to tell you that our Faculty has had a highly successful year with respect to education, research and service, despite the challenges we faced due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This has been a specially challenging and exciting year for me since I moved from the US to CUHK as new Dean of Science in July 2020.
I would like to thank all the faculty and staff members for their dedication and hard work in teaching and advising, research and service that led to a successful 2020-21 academic year, with many faculty members receiving major awards for their accomplishments in research and teaching and students receiving internships and fellowships as well as awards. I am grateful for the support from the Faculty Executive Committee and Faculty Board to me as the new Dean as well as the encouragement from university leaders including the Vice-Chancellor and the Provost. Second, I would like to congratulate all the undergraduate and postgraduate students who graduated from FoS in 2020-21, and we wish you all the best in your endeavors. Please keep in touch with us and we want to hear from you. Third, our warm congratulations to all the new students in “freshman” classes of 2021 for both undergraduate and postgraduate studies.
We are delighted to welcome over 630 new undergraduate students to FoS! With the resumption of face-to-face teaching in Term 1 of 2021-22 following a long period of online education due to the global pandemic that began Spring 2020, we are excited to have new students to come on campus for in-class teaching and learning.
Our special welcome goes to all the new faculty and staff members who joined the FoS. We are happy that you have joined our science family and look forward to working with you. Our special gratitude goes to all the faculty and staff members who retired from the FoS. We are grateful for your contributions and services over the past years and wish you healthy and happy life after retirement.
I would like to express our special thanks to all the generous donors with their gracious support for the education and research in various units and research laboratories in the FoS. We will continue to do our best to earn your continued trust and support as we move forward. We would like to hear from you on how we could improve in our mission and please feel free to contact me at ChunshanSong@cuhk.edu.hk with your comments and suggestions.
Professor SONG Chunshan
Dean of Science and Wei Lun Professor of Chemistry