IT is with great delight that I send this message of congratulations to Hong Kong Baptist University on the splendid occasion of its achieving the status of a public university. We at the University of Hong Kong salute the immense effort and work which has led up to this academic recognition. We are truly pleased that the field of higher education in the territory is to be further served in future by the establishment of another university to play its own distinctive and invaluable role in furthering the development of tertiary education in Hong Kong. The amount of resources given by any society to its educational facilities is the very hallmark of its quality and also the surest indication of its status in the world because education is the greatest investment that can be made towards a better tomorrow. That this fact is now so well recognised in Hong Kong, and that the Baptist University now represents yet a further development in our drive to bring higher education within the reach of all who merit it, is another indication of the territory's maturity and increasing confidence in its own bright future. On this joyful occasion then we, as the oldest tertiary institution in Hong Kong, have immense pleasure in greeting the newest addition to our ranks and wish Hong Kong Baptist University every success in future. PROF. WANG GUNGWU, Vice-Chancellor, University of Hong Kong.