Message from the President
My warmest welcome to all of you! Gratia Christian College has been founded on a vision of developing servant leaders with professional competence and Christian love to serve the community. Through the College’s nurture over the past 5 years, two batches of graduates have been produced by this July. We are elated to find almost all of these graduates prepared for serving the society while our current students readily fitting in with the mentality aligned with the tertiary setting. Proactive in offering services to wherever they are needed, these students of Gratia through such have unwittingly realized Gratia’s vision of breeding servant leaders. My heartfelt congratulations, in particular, go to the three graduates who excelled in their studies among our second cohort and received the recognition of the First Class Honours.
Apart from the afore-mentioned, nine other Gratia students received from scholarship under the Self-financing Post-Secondary Scholarship Scheme for 2019/20 of the Education Bureau. We welcome award conferment for our students but refrain from becoming content with that. While it has always been a delight to have our students receive scholarship awards, it is even more rewarding and consoling to find our students self-propelled to pursue values core to the College’s vision and mission – the virtues expressed as mutual support and complementing each other. These not only help forge a warm and cosy atmosphere within the College, but also shape the characters of the students concerned for greater achievements.
We have embarked on re-developing the existing campus with a view to providing a better equipped and more spacious environment, which is much sought-after by an independent private Christian university for providing quality education. Having approached relevant government departments and submitted an initial application in June 2020 for re-developing the current campus site, we prayerfully seek the Lord’s will and guidance in this matter.
Undeniably, the campus has its role in supporting students’ learning. Nevertheless, over-emphasis on the tactile experience afforded by the concrete would inadvertently self-impose considerable constraints on our way of thinking. Being small is beauty. Through the College’s smallness, students and staff have fortuitously been given multiple chances of getting closely knitted together with individual students’ needs attended to. Lots of chance has been opened up for students’ participation, serving, and practice to lead. Gratia, though humble in size, offers staff and students plentiful possibilities and opportunities for creative, worthwhile exploration. We have thus been encouraging and facilitating our students to learn and equip themselves beyond the physical boundaries of campus by way of experiential learning, service in the community and participation in various activities. Through such, they widen their horizons. With this mindset, the city and even the world turn to be our classrooms.
Now into its sixth year of operation, Gratia is prepared to give a warm welcome for our new crop of students. I earnestly pray that our current students can continue to go from strength to strength and grace upon grace for unearthing and polishing the servant leadership qualities within. It has been my pining that you as elder brothers and sisters would associate and work closely with our newcomers that the torch of zeal and love would grow and glow. And we will find the College a haven where every incomer could unleash their potentials to the fullest. Similarly, it is also my yearning that our freshmen here would readily be integrated into Gratia and their learning endeavors and pursuits during their sojourn in Gratia would bear much fruit.
Since September 2019, the College has launched three new Higher Diploma programmes with a view to providing more diversified curricula and courses for students. This year, we are expecting a new batch of diplomates from these three Higher Diploma programmes. I long to see all these diplomates successful in articulating to other degree programmes offered by Gratia or other tertiary counterparts.
Under the context of a knowledge-based economy, the foregoing arrangements in Gratia are conducive in enabling our students to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills for reciprocation to the society in future. Gratia is stepping up its efforts in increasing internship opportunities and effective measures of equipping its senior-year students with updated, appropriate techniques to enhance their employability upon graduation. By the grace and blessings from our Heavenly Father, we feel assured that we can push many cognitive frontiers further back with our students afforded more application opportunities. Let me wish you all most satisfying and rewarding experience in your stay with Gratia!
Dr. H.S. Chui, JP