Visit by Mrs Carrie Lam, Hong Kong Chief Secretary for Administration, Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

The Chief Secretary for Administration in Hong Kong, Mrs Carrie Lam, visited the University of Melbourne on 15 September, meeting with Vice Chancellor, Professor Glyn Davis; Pro Vice Chancellor for Campus & Global Development, Professor Tom Kvan; Director of External Relations, Mr Andrew Hockley and Hong Kong Chinese students. Mrs Lam's visit was a great honour for the University, particularly because the University of Melbourne was the only higher education institution she visited during her official visit to Australia.

The day began with a meeting between Mrs Lam and the Vice Chancellor to discuss the issues of education and youth exchange between Hong Kong and Australia; followed by a tour of the Melbourne School of Design led by Professor Kvan, and a Hong Kong Student Reception, hosted by Professor Kvan. Mrs Lam was particularly delighted to meet with Professor Kvan, whose father Professor Erik Kvan had once taught Mrs Lam at the University of Hong Kong.

Vice Chancellor Professor Glyn Davis and Chief Secretary for Administration in Hong Kong, Mrs Carrie Lam.
Vice Chancellor Professor Glyn Davis and Chief Secretary for Administration in Hong Kong, Mrs Carrie Lam. Image courtesy of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

The student reception was a highlight of the visit, being attended by 50 Hong Kong Chinese students presently studying at the University from all faculties, many of whom are enthusiastic members of the University's Hong Kong Student Association. The reception provided them with a rare opportunity to meet with and chat informally with Mrs Lam, who visited the University with the aim of promoting opportunities in Hong Kong for high achieving students.

The success of the visit was due in part to the enthusiastic and integral support received by the International Relations Office from the Hong Kong Student Association, and the staff from the Melbourne School of Design.

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