Department of History lays centennial time capsule
In celebration of the 60th anniversary of HKBU and the 45th anniversary of the Faculty of Social Sciences, the Department of History laid a time capsule on campus today (5 October).
The time capsule, to be opened in 2116, 100 years from now, aims to inform historians of the future about present-day life and culture. Buried at the Entrance Plaza of Baptist University Road Campus, the time capsule contains texts, images and objects, which included souvenirs of HKBU 60th anniversary and Social Sciences Faculty 45th anniversary, historic photos, leaflets, newsletters and stationery items of the Department of History, and messages and selected objects from colleagues, students and alumni of the Department. A stone stele will be erected upon the capsule site afterwards which will become a symbol of the University community.
Officiated at the ceremony were President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Roland Chin, Vice-President (Academic) Professor Franklin Luk, Vice-President (Research & Development) Professor Rick Wong, Vice-President (Teaching & Learning) Dr Albert Chau, Vice-President (Administration) and Secretary Mr Andy Lee, Associate Vice-President and Chairman of 60th Anniversary Co-ordinating Committee Professor Frank Fu, Dean of Faculty of Social Sciences Professor Adrian Bailey and Head of the Department of History Professor Clara Ho.
Speaking on the occasion, Professor Chin said that 100 years from now, HKBU will still strive to excel. He believes that though things will change, the three DNAs of HKBU, namely care and compassion; creativity and global outlook, would remain intact, passing from one generation to the next. He expressed his sincere hopes for HKBU to continue making history for the next one hundred years.
Professor Ho said that in traditional Chinese culture, the number 100 signifies long-lasting, completed and amassed, while Western culture regards 100 as perfection. Therefore the Department of History decided to open the time capsule in 2116, an event that will stir excitement among the University community at that time.