The Oxford and Cambridge Society of Hong Kong

2012-2013 Immediate Past President's Report

President

Dear members and friends,

Thank you for your interest in The Oxford and Cambridge Society of Hong Kong.

As a brief introduction, the Society was formally set up more than 40 years ago by passionate Oxford and Cambridge alumni residing in Hong Kong and the Society has grown to serve more than 500 members comprising alumni and present students from both universities.

Sir David Akers-Jones, our previous acting Governor of Hong Kong, and Sir David Li, Chairman and Chief Executive of The Bank of East Asia, currently act as the Society’s Patrons. You can read more about them here.

Our Society is a very active association which organizes regular social as well as academic events and speaker dinners throughout the year. We look forward to welcoming you to them!

It is my hope that the Society is able to achieve the following key objectives:

First and foremost, the Society aims to facilitate networking of the alumni of the universities as well as act as a membrane for our membership and the respective universities themselves. We have close ties to both development offices of each university, as well as their respective Hong Kong branch offices.

Secondly, in this international world that we live, we aim to build connections to other alumni organizations to give our combined members the opportunity to interact with other Oxbridge alumnus outside of Hong Kong, in places including the big cities of China (Beijing, Shanghai), Thailand, Singapore, etc.

Thirdly, as the alumni group of two prestigious universities, we have all benefited a great deal from this background and for those who have been given much, much should be expected. I am extremely thankful for the Society’s development of a formalized approach to charitable endeavours. We have clearly outlined four key principles that we hope to follow going forwards in relation to our charitable efforts: (1) since the Society is an alumni body, the charities that we work with should be education-related; (2) the charities should ideally be within the Hong Kong and China region; (3) our involvement should only be on a project basis, and therefore provide us a chance to support multiple causes over time, and also see the fruits of our support through the achievement of the specified project; and (4) the charitable projects should ideally have the ability for our membership to get involved and potentially continue on a personal basis. I am extremely proud of what the Oxbridge Ball last year achieved through the provision of financial support for a year of The Samaritans' Youth Outreach Program and I look forward to identifying other worthwhile charitable projects for us to endorse.

The fourth goal is a belief that our Society can act and help to broaden our members’ horizons. In a city like Hong Kong, where everyone is busy and rushing around our planned lives, I hope that the Society will be able to provide activities that may be novel experiences for our members. A piece of advice given to me that I have really benefited from, is that embracing diversity and sometimes doing something that you would completely disregard can actually allow you to learn more about yourself and your interests.

Finally, the Society is not about any one person or the committee, it is about our members, and so I and the committee stand ready to receive event suggestions and feedback! We hope that you will and/or do already enjoy being part of our community.

As a reminder, there are an estimated 5,000 alumni of both Oxford and Cambridge residing in Hong Kong and to the extent you enjoy the Society, we ask that you help spread the word!

With kind regards,

Jonathan

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