(Shantou and Hong Kong, 26 June 2015) We are constantly upgrading our smartphones and their OS (operating system) to make them better, but have you ever wondered if the OS of your life could also be upgraded? At this morning’s commencement speech delivered to over 2,000 graduates of Shantou University (STU), Mr Li Ka-shing, Honorary Chairman of the STU Council, introduced a new OS, with empathy coded as its kernel. This central module allows users to constantly optimise and synchronise processes and tasks management such as the interpretations of the moment; enhances the clarity of insights, manages civility, rhythm and actions; and upgradeable with new version to grow and glow.
Mr Li Ka-shing also stressed on the power of empathy as a key mindset to distinguish the glowing thrivers from the disoriented survivors in a new era of the Triple Bottom Line.
“Mindfulness towards others is a powerful mindset. In fact, I have always considered empathy to be the best investment grade reserve currency for humanity.
“You will be judged by how well you excel in meeting the Triple Bottom Line – financial, environmental and social – the hallmark of success today and the leadership landscape of the future.”
Mr Li believes that thrivers are convergent thinkers always on the lookout for knowledge and opportunities that are relevant and useful. He further stated that survivors know how to complete tasks, but thrivers can identify the possibilities of nonlinear dynamics; are mission driven; live out their inner quests; and dare to venture outside their comfort zones.
Mr Li congratulated STU graduates with a phrase a student taught
him: “You rock!” The entire arena roared with approval and joined Mr Li in thunderous applause in expression of gratitude towards everyone who made possible the state-of-the-art arena to be delivered on time and within budget and to the dedication and the commitment of the faculties who push reforms in education unceasingly.
The 2015 STU Commencement Ceremony, with an attendance of about 6,000, took place in the newly constructed state-of-the-art arena designed by renowned architect David Manica, featuring innovative construction techniques to create a cost-effective, flexible multi-purpose gymnasium. Its design disrupted the traditional pursuit of “gigantic size” while still meeting future needs. The architecture is inspired by the philosophy of Italian poet Francesco Petrarch as described in his work, “The Ascent of Mont Ventoux”. Instead of pursuing shortsighted successes, it encourages the students to treasure and enjoy the experiences of learning, living and tackling challenges together.
A 3D phoenix symbolising STU’s spirit took flight over scenes depicting the history of the university and the region with a 360 degree projection system designed by Obscura, an American multimedia company.
STU’s continuing education reform has always been “hard and soft” – both hardware and software reforms at the same time such as the new education syllabus combined together with new technologies. STU Medical College’s “systems integrated” teaching model incorporates international standards of medical education. With innovation and dedication as core values, the college is committed in its tri-factor pursuit and development of learning, research and healthcare.
The Li Ka Shing Foundation has earmarked grants of HK$8 billion to support the long-term development of Shantou University through 2018. In 2012, the Ministry of Education, the Guangdong Provincial Government and the Foundation agreed to co-develop Shantou University and deepen the education reforms. Shantou University has over 9,800 students on campus, and each year graduates over 2,300 students, 27% of whom are medical students. In 2014, Shantou Medical College’s five affiliated hospitals conducted 58,207 surgeries and handled 2.61 million visits, providing medical assistance to 70% of the Chaoshan population.
About the Li Ka Shing Foundation
Established in 1980 by Mr Li Ka-shing, the Li Ka Shing Foundation (LKSF) has three strategic focuses: nurture a new culture of giving; support education reform initiatives; and advance medical research and services. Mr Li considers the Foundation to be his “third son” and has pledged one-third of his assets to it. With initiatives spread over 19 countries and regions, LKSF supports projects that promote social progress through expanding access to quality education and medical services and research, encouraging cultural diversity and community involvement. Since its inception, LKSF has granted over HK$17 billion, 87% of which benefit projects in the Greater China region.