The theme for Baptist University's 50th anniversary reflects the institution's core values, which include creativity and innovation, whole-person development and excellence in teaching, research and public service. 'Baptist University delivers quality education and value-added support with the aim of nurturing students with talent and potential in different aspects, beyond the consideration of high scores,' said Ng Ching-fai, president and vice-chancellor at the university. 'It emphasises a broad-based creativity-inspiring undergraduate education, which inculcates in all who participate a sense of human values.' The university's 'philosophical bedrock' had been its unique focus on whole-person development. 'This distinctive mission gives equal weight to arts and science, focuses on the individual's personal development as well as academic and professional knowledge, and sets the highest ethical standards,' Professor Ng said. He said the university's experience was invaluable and formed an important part of the development of Hong Kong's higher education sector. 'While the path that the university has followed has not always been smooth due to resource constraints, university staff, alumni and friends have devoted unremitting efforts to developing the institution. 'Baptist University has consistently been a pioneer in developing Hong Kong's higher education, with a long list of firsts to its credit. With contributions made by all sections of the university community, the university has maintained its outstanding ability to develop creative ideas and innovative practices.' The dynamic and sustainable development of Baptist University is built on its tradition of striving for excellence and self-reliance. The university's initiative in introducing new courses and programmes so as to deliver quality education for upcoming generations in Hong Kong and the region has been an example to other tertiary institutions, Professor Ng said. Name Xu Yi Major Chemistry From mainland China (exchange student) Career goals University professor 'I chose Hong Kong because its unique culture fascinates me. It is a place where east meets west. The Department of Chemistry is good. The professors and classmates are kind, friendly and helpful. I do believe the exchange experience with Baptist University has benefited me a lot. The English-teaching environment, modern equipment and professors who have studied abroad have broadened my horizons. I regard it as a stepping stone in my future career. I appreciate the non-credit courses very much; they provide abundant knowledge of the arts, culture and life in general. Students get to meet various experts outside the university, and they are encouraged to be creative and innovative.' Name Jessica Lynn Wittebols Major International business/systems From United States (exchange student) Career goals Systems analyst 'I decided to study in Hong Kong because I was told it was a great place to study business. My time here has already significantly affected my views on international business. The professors have given me incredible insight into major issues, trends and cultural differences that will enable me to be a good businesswoman in an international climate. Also, being together with so many international students has given me an opportunity to learn about different cultures. Being at Baptist University has increased my cultural awareness, which will enhance my understanding in consulting work later on in life. The students have welcomed me with open arms. This is a wonderful university with warm, friendly students and staff who truly care about international students as well as each other.' Name Belle Ho Pui-yi Major Political science and international affairs From Hong Kong Career goals International affairs '[The Joint University Programmes Admissions System] Jupas decided which university and department I should enter, not me. But I feel so grateful for being here. The university has wonderful facilities, and the teachers are inspiring and knowledgeable. The government and international studies department has a good programme, which many other local universities do not have. The university has a good international exchange programme, which I joined from 2003 to 2004. I did my exchange in Britain where I made a lot of friends and learned more about international and foreign affairs. The programme is fantastic. It has really broadened my horizons. I also participated as a Baptist University representative at the Harvard National Model United Nations last year. The university's support of such programmes is helping students to develop international understanding and make them more capable leaders in the future.' Name Simon Chan Pui-yuk Major Finance and decision sciences (PhD candidate) From Hong Kong Career goals Research professional 'Although our university has relatively [fewer] resources, the faculty and students strive for excellence in research and teaching. Our School of Business puts equal emphasis on teaching and research. At the same time, we have a close and harmonious student-teacher relationship which enhances the learning environment. These are the reasons why [I decided to further my studies] at Baptist University. I have had many opportunities to attend international conferences and publish research papers which have enhanced my research and communication skills. As a member of the Logistics Management Research Centre, I have also had the opportunity to explore and investigate the local logistics industry and meet business leaders. Baptist University is committed to nurturing students to become well rounded in their intellectual, professional, physical and moral development.'