The Division of Business Management (DBM) High Table Dinner was held on 25 April. Professor Wilson Tong from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) was invited as the guest speaker for this event.

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Professor Tong is a Professor of Finance; Programme Director of Doctor of Business and Administration and Doctor of Management, Hong Kong Polytechnic University. His publications appear in top finance academic journals and attracted close to 4,000 Google citations. He is currently sitting in the editorial board of the Journal of Economics and Business.

Joining Professor Tong at the High Table Dinner were Associate Professor from the School of Accounting and Finance at PolyU Dr Steven Wei; Registrar of UIC Professor Li Jianhui; Managing Director for Finance and Administration Mr Nelson Chan; Dean of the Division of Business and Management (DBM) Professor Stella Cho; Associate Dean of DBM Dr Uchenna Eze; as well as Assistant Dean of DBM Dr Donna Chan.

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(from left) Dr Donna Chan, Dr Steven Wei, Professor Wilson Tong, Professor Stella Cho, Professor Li Jianhui, Mr Nelson Chan, Dr Uchenna Eze

In her welcome speech, Prof Cho said, “Tonight’s High Table Dinner has another purpose. It is also the closing ceremony of the 2018/19 Mentor Caring Programme (MCP) for Year 1 DBM students.”

“The High Table Dinner also serves as a unique opportunity for students to network and to exchange ideas with renowned scholars and business leaders, while developing a sense of pride and identity with the college,” she added.

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Professor Stella Cho encouraging students to raise questions and interact with Professor Tong

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Professor Stella Cho presenting a gift to Professor Tong

Professor Tong’s speech topic was titled ‘Bitcion, Trust, Innovations and Economic Growth’, in which he discussed bitcoin and blockchain. He elaborated on how the blockchain appears to build “trust” on a “trustless system”, and how this trust affects economic growth and Fintech innovation. “The current digital revolution has indeed brought prosperity and innovation to mankind, but without trust and credit, transaction costs can be high, and can sometimes jeopardize the economy,” he said.

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 Professor Tong giving a speech

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Year 4 Applied Economics student, Zheng Pengjie asked the professor’s opinion about online financial security. Professor Tong replied that virtual banks nowadays have a powerful defense system, even if it is hacked, its secondary security system will also be powerful enough to defend itself.

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 Students and faculty members raising questions

Year 1 student from Applied Economics Qin Lei, shared his experience since arriving at UIC, as well as how the Mentoring Caring Programme has helped him. “UIC’s well-designed curriculum and Whole Person Education has provided various opportunities for me to improve myself,” he said.

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Year 1 student from Applied Economics Qin Lei sharing his experience at UIC

After the speech, Year 2 Accounting student, Zhu Meiqi; and Financial Mathematics student, Zhao Chenran presented guzheng and drum performance. Following their performance was a piano and violin duet, which was performed by Year 1 Applied Translation Studies student, Ma Qianqi; and Year 2 Applied Translation Studies student, Ou Yuzhen. Dinner was served and a toast was held to end the night.

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 Students performing for the audience

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 Professor Stella Cho proposing a toast

 Reporter: Aria Wu
Photographer: Ivy Liao
Editors: Samuel Burgess, Deen He, Marissa Furney
(from MPRO)