The Hong Kong Baptist University kicks off the celebration of its golden jubilee with the 50th anniversary launch ceremony and thanksgiving service today. A series of academic programmes, alumni events, special events and student events to mark the anniversary will fill the calendar for the rest of the year. Alumni will be treated to a gold jubilee grand reunion next month, comprising a reunion dinner and a tour of the joint venture Beijing Normal University-Baptist University United International College in Zuhai. Students will also reach out to the community by inviting needy groups to the campus in March and April for lunch-time performances by student organisations. Students, including those from primary and secondary school, will put together a fund-raising event to collect a record number of 'wishing stars'. The funds raised will be used to buy a mobile library for the education-deprived in the mainland. Also in April, the department of social work in the Faculty of Social Science will host an international symposium on globalisation and welfare reforms to review the changing direction for welfare in East Asia and formulate plans for the region. In May, the Faculty of Social Science will jointly hold a conference with Tsinghua University to analyse the challenges China faces from an economic, geographical, social, historic and political perspective. The Faculty of Science's Centre for Nonlinear Studies will host an international conference in the same month. The conference, on the 'Frontiers of Nonlinear and Complex Systems', will examine the latest developments in nonlinear science. In June, a large group of prominent Baptist alumni in the performance and entertainment industries will stage a performance of the Baptist Starry Night to mark the anniversary. From July to September, the Faculty of Arts will host its first Dream of the Red Chamber Award. The event is an effort to enhance standards of Chinese novel-writing by recognising outstanding Chinese novels by international writers. In August, the School of Continuing Education will publish an anthology of theses written by incumbent primary and kindergarten teachers who are graduates of the university's education and early childhood education degree programmes. Contemporary writer Eileen Chang will be in the spotlight in September in academic conferences, lectures, symposia and other events to pay tribute to her influences on literature, film and theatre. The School of Communication will stage an exhibition of award-winning advertising art as well as seminars by local and overseas creative industry experts. The Best of the Best in Advertising exhibition in October and November is expected to inspire local students and the advertising industry. A gala dinner officiated by Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen will be staged on October 8. In November, the School of Business and University of Macau will host the World Business Ethics Forum for the academic and business community to exchange ideas on the development and trends in business ethics. The School of Chinese Medicine will also host a World Congress on Chinese Medicine to gather schools and experts of relevant institutions from the region and chart the course for the long-term development of Chinese medicine. The university will organise a golf day in November for staff, students, alumni and supporters to have fun and raise funds for the university's development fund. In December, the School of Communication will host an international forum for scholars and local industry leaders to share their views on digital communication and social transformation in Chinese societies. The department of computer science will also hold various forums presenting state-of-the-art technologies in data mining, web intelligence and intelligent agent technology. University choirs and the symphony orchestra will share the stage with celebrated local and international musicians for an anniversary concert. Throughout the year, the Faculty of Science will invite five internationally renowned scholars to run a 'Distinguished Lecture Series' to discuss new developments in their respective science disciplines.