Beijing-Hong Kong School Dialogue Programme
Speech by Professor Arthur K C Li
Secretary for Education and Manpower
Good Morning, Ms Li, Professor Macfarlane, Ms Liu, Sister Margaret, Ms Wu, honorable guests, teachers and students in Beijing and Hong Kong,
This is my pleasure to speak at this Beijing-Hong Kong School Dialogue Programme. This programme is a joint effort of the governments, schools and commercial sectors. In particular, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Li Ka Shing Foundation for initiating this cross-border, cross-cultural, and cross-disciplinary project for
Without doubt, due to the advance of modern technology, the world is indeed getting closer to each other. We could now communicate anytime with anyone from almost anywhere in the world for all kinds of purposes. In this global community, the ability of collaborating with people from different cultural backgrounds, through a variety of communication technologies, proves to be very essential for our young generation. In order to equip students with such capacity, we treasure this kind of interactive learning programme. This allows our students in
Today’s topic is on “Green Gold: the Empire of Tea”. “Tea” is not only just something to drink, to quench our thirst. It is, in many ways, the heart of Eastern and Western cultures over the last few centuries. Both Chinese and English are “serious tea-lovers” and it has been successfully interwoven into our histories, economies, customs and daily lifestyles. I am sure that Professor Macfarlane from the
Last but not least, I wish to express my special gratitude to St Paul’s Convent School & Ren Da Fu Zhong(人大附中) for their hospitality to be the co-hosts of this cross-border event.