Celebrating the Year of the Goat… or is it Ram? Or Sheep?
By Kerry Milton, on 25 February 2015
On 24 February, nearly 160 UCL students from China and Hong Kong gathered in the North Cloisters to celebrate Chinese New Year.
For over a decade, successive UCL Pro-Vice-Provosts have marked the Chinese New Year with an informal drinks reception for staff and students from China, and for staff working with Chinese partners.
The issue of whether it was in fact the Year of the Goat, Sheep or Ram, a debate hotly contested in the media this year, was raised by Pro-Vice-Provost for China, Professor Xiao Guo, who suggested that if the year was anything like UCL students, who are independent and auspicious, 2015 must be the Year of the Goat.
“People born in a Year of the Goat are generally believed to be gentle mild-mannered, shy, stable, sympathetic, amicable, and brimming with a strong sense of kindheartedness and justice.
They have very delicate thoughts, strong creativity, and perseverance, and acquire professional skills well. Although they look gentle on the surface, they are tough on the inside, always insisting on their own opinions in their minds. They have strong inner resilience and excellent defensive instincts.”
Speakers and guests at the event included:
- Professor Michael Arthur, UCL President and Provost
- Dame Nicola Brewer, Vice Provost (International)
- Sir John Boyd, Chairman of Asia House
- Lord Tim Clement Jones, UCL Council and House of Lords All Party China Group
- Professor emeritus, Michael Worton