I was having a meeting with former Chinese University of Hong Kong president Ambrose King Yeo-chi at the university's teaching hotel last week when a group of people came over and greeted him warmly.
One of them was Xu Yangsheng, president of CU's Shenzhen school, and I was introduced to him.
Xu was appointed Shenzhen Chinese University's first president six years ago. In recent years, the standard of the school's student intake has continued to rise, and it now ranks among the top five in the mainland, behind only Tsinghua, Peking and Fudan universities.
The university plans to start a medical school in Shenzhen, and as it already has a foundation in this endeavor, it is easier than having to start from scratch. Implementation of the plan should bring the institution's development to an even higher level.
Xu is an expert in robotics, and is an academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering.
He taught at the Chinese University for many years before heading up the administration of the university's Shenzhen campus.
Xu is not only a top scientist but excels in the cultural field too.
A master calligrapher, his works are on display at exhibitions from time to time.
He is diligent in this pursuit, and has uploaded the works of calligraphy maestros to his laptop computer so that he can study them any time, even when work is keeping him too busy to practice the art.
That way, he said, he can learn and assimilate the strengths of different masters, which helps to refine his own style.
King, who is also an expert calligrapher, is clearly full of admiration for Xu's dedication to calligraphy and his works, which he praised highly.
Siu Sai-wo is publisher of Sing Tao Daily