Student leaders pledged to serve fellow students at University of Science and Technology's fourth joint House inauguration ceremony. Sixty-eight members of the 1998-99 executive committee, including new presidents of the five Houses at the university, vowed to promote friendship and co-operation among students. The five Houses are: House I, Vertex House II, Glacier House III, Vista House IV and House V. The committee also aims to promote student welfare and give residents and non-residents a chance to socialise. Committee members take care of students' residential affairs and organise events for them in their respective Houses. 'There is a misconception among students that the Houses only target hall residents. On the contrary, we take care of every member,' said House I president Gilbert Li Shing-chung. 'This year, we want to get more non-residents involved,' Mr Li said. 'We are planning to hold more entertaining activities, including karaoke and sports, to attract non-resident students although we realise that it's often hard to keep them here after class,' he added. House III president Chiu Wing-hong said despite each House holding at least one function each month, most participants were residents. 'We tried holding functions during the afternoons but the response was poor,' said Mr Chiu. 'Our objective this year is to strengthen the image of the Houses,' said Mr Chiu. According to the director of Student Affairs Office Wong Sui-kwong, the Houses could best motivate non-resident students to be more active in taking part in university life. He said most students were aware of the importance of extra-curricular activities, but were too lazy to take part. 'House activities help boost students' sense of belonging towards the university,' Mr Wong said. 'We also hope that students can learn how to deal with people by organising various activities and functions,' he added.