(Photo Credits: Jennifer Lau)
As the final flagship event of the year, the LSE Forum successfully took place on the 18th of February, 2017. Celebrating the tenth year since its first introduction and in view of the twentieth anniversary of Hong Kong’s Handover, we hoped to incorporate a reflective theme that enables students to cross-examine past and contemporary issues under a critical light. This year, we were honoured to have invited 16 participating universities from all corners of the United Kingdom as well as representatives from the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office who joined us as the Grand Final Judges.
Whilst some may see a 16-team debate competition as being relatively smaller in scale, the complex planning and web of administration that took place behind this event were truly a sight to behold. Personally, this has made me reflect upon the principles of leadership. Though I was nominally the ‘Person-In-Charge’, the real credit of the event went to the entire LSE Forum Organising Committee; and in particular, our experienced seniors who offered us invaluable guidance. Their conservative prudence and careful attention to details ensured the sustaining of the Forum’s standards. In all frankness, during the month-and-a-half planning process, the Organising Committee did face challenges within and without. Yet, with flexibility and firmness in decision making, we resolved them and in the process, tried at best to incorporate the interests of all parties which involved in the event.
Being a flagship event, the LSE Forum included all sub-committees in the processes of planning and operation. Everyone took part by submitting proposals for the motion subject areas that were to be used in the debates. The joint collaboration effort of the entire Committee on the day of the Forum was also inseparable with the activity’s success. This short reflection ends with my hoping that the LSE Forum can become the interactive panel and point of contact among universities around the U.K. it thrives to be. As a final word, there is a lot of potential in this event that can be explored by newer possibilities and opportunities of innovation.