December 7, 2021
Over 100 alumni, along with parents and students, gathered to celebrate the third anniversary of The Hong Kong Jockey Club University of Chicago Academic Complex, The University of Chicago Francis and Rose Yuen Campus in Hong Kong (UChicago Yuen Campus) on Saturday, November 27, 2021.
Since its opening on the heritage site at Mount Davis in 2018, and through various challenges including the COVID-19 pandemic, the UChicago Yuen Campus successfully initiated 93 in-person and online programs with over 20,000 registrants and nearly 14,000 attendees – doubling between 2019 to 2020 and nearly tripling that number in 2021. The UChicago Yuen Campus also engaged 133 unique institutions with partner faculty members who have participated in diverse programs.
Paul Alivisatos, President of University of Chicago, delivered a personal video message to welcome the university’s alumni in attendance. “Through your volunteer efforts, philanthropy, support of our students and fellow alumni, and the vast array of relationships you helped us forge in Hong Kong and well beyond, we have a stronger, more resilient community and global presence.” said Alivisatos.
Speaking at the event, Mark Barnekow, Executive Director of The University of Chicago Yuen Campus in Hong Kong, thanked Francis and Rose Yuen for their ongoing support of the campus and the university. “I also want to thank the alumni, students, parents, and partners for working closely with us to contribute to our programs, connect us to organizations throughout the region, and donate time and resources to make our campus a vibrant and important institution in Hong Kong,” said Barnekow.
University Trustee Francis Yuen also spoke to the event’s attendees and reiterated the UChicago Yuen Campus’ mission to engage with the local community and bring the University’s values to Hong Kong. “The UChicago Yuen Campus is a globally involved campus representing University of Chicago’s leadership, aiming to serve Hong Kong, the Greater Bay Area, Mainland China, and Asia as a whole,” said Yuen. “We look forward to having friends from all over the world continue to engage with our campus.”
The event’s festivities were kicked off with a 45-minute heritage tour, followed by a social event including a soulful jazz band and gorgeous views of Hong Kong’s sunset at Mount Davis.