Prof. Li’s Inaugural Lecture and Alumni Gathering ( 24 March 2006 )

24 Mar 2006

Professor Li Si-ming, the first Geography Department scholar appointed Chair Professor, delivered his Inaugural Lecture on “China’s Changing Urban Geography: A Review of Major Forces at Work” last Friday (24 March). The lecture, part of the Elizabeth Chan Cheng E-lay Geography Academic Lecture Series organised by the Geography Department, attracted more than 100 academics, guests, students and alumni. Mrs. Elizabeth Chan Cheng E-lay, founder of the Geography Academic Lecture/Seminar Fund, travelled from Bangkok to congratulate Professor Li at the lecture.

In an opening address, Professor Ng Ching-fai, President & Vice-Chancellor, paid tribute to Professor Li for his academic achievements and contributions to the University. President Ng said that through his strength of mind, perseverance, dedication and professionalism in teaching and research, Professor Li had become an internationally renowned scholar in his field. In his lecture, Professor Li, who joined the then Hong Kong Baptist College in 1980, reviewed the major forces shaping the urban landscape and geography in China during the past few decades.

At a dinner in honour of Professor Li, it was announced that alumni had donated more than HK$25,000 to the Geography Development Fund in support of the Geography Department’s teaching and scholarly activities.