Fifty Years of Cultural and Educational Development in Hong Kong
7 March – 30 July 2007
Jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and United College, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
There is a close relationship between educational and cultural development. After the Second World War, education in Hong Kong was confronted with severe difficulties, so the government took an active part in promoting education. The development of Chinese education was emphasized. In 1956, United College was founded by the amalgamation of five private colleges: Canton Overseas, Kwang Hsia, Wah Kiu, Wen Hua and Ping Jing. In 1963, the Chinese University of Hong Kong was inaugurated with United College as one of the three foundation colleges. More and more tertiary institutions were thus established and they provided students with increasing opportunities for further studies. Meanwhile, Hong Kong was a melting pot of different cultures: it was influenced by Western and Japanese cultures in the early time, and South Korean culture in recent years. With advancement in science and technology and improvements in living standards, Hong Kong people had more demands on social culture, facilitating the diversification of local culture.
Through illustrations, photos and lucid descriptions, this exhibition outlined, in four stages, the cultural and educational development in Hong Kong during the past 50 years from 1956 to 2006, and examined the interrelationships between United College and the local community.