Friday, December 25, 2009

Last Words

Image courtesy of UK's The Independent
Last words on Copenhagen (although I personally doubt it!). The deal was brokered by US President Barack Obama and leaders from China, India, South Africa, and Brazil. It is worth noting that “Europe accused the United States and China of torpedoing the Copenhagen climate summit and vowed not to back down in its push for a tough binding accord to avert the potential disaster of global warming” (The Star, December 24, 2009, p W35). Countries not included in the negotiations complained the process was undemocratic

Christmas reminds us that that the year is coming to an end and a new year is approaching. It is a time for giving and sharing. But equally important, it is also a time to reflect on the year that will soon be over, and ponder the future that is coming. Yesterday, Dr. Paul Chan sent this email to staff, part of which is reproduced here: “…Our investment in the Fraser Park Campus demonstrates our willpower to succeed. As part of the HELP Group, HICT is singled out to be a principal player in the vocational, technological and professional niches. We need a new mindset, a global perspective, and many diverse skills to cope with this expanding opportunity. Many new people will join us as we sorely need quality managers and academics who are skilled in leading and managing and innovating business models. I exhort those who have strong aspirations to focus your mind and sharpen your priorities as to what matters in managing an organization…. God bless you all”. This is certainly a timely reminder to all of us at HICT.

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