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  OUHK to honour four outstanding personages 12/12/2011

The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK) will confer honorary doctorates upon Dr Simon Kwok Siu-ming, Dr Alice Piera Lam Lee Kiu-yue, Mr Li Rongrong and Mr Liu Yichang in recognition of their achievements and contributions at its Twentieth Congregation on 21 December 2011 (Wednesday).

Dr Simon Kwok Siu-ming




Dr Simon Kwok Siu-ming, BBS, JP (Doctor of Business Administration, honoris causa)

Dr Simon Kwok Siu-ming is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sa Sa International Holdings Limited, a listed global cosmetics retailing empire he has built over the past three decades. It is now Asia's leading cosmetics retailer and a renowned consumer brand, standing as a testament to Dr Kwok's enterprising spirit and commitment to innovation and excellence.

Dr Kwok has made enormous contributions to the industry. He is President of the Cosmetic & Perfumery Association of Hong Kong, Honorary President of the Federation of Beauty Industry (HK), and Vice-chairman of the Quality Tourism Services Association's Governing Council. He is a member of the Hubei Provincial Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference. He is also the Honorary Founding President of the Professional Validation Centre of Hong Kong Business Sector and Honorary Life President of the Hong Kong Brands Protection Alliance. Dr Kwok has received many awards, including the 'Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year China 2006' in the Retail Category and the 'Directors of the Year Awards 2011' in the category of Listed Companies (SEHK – Non-Hang Seng Index Constituents) – Executive Directors. He received an honorary doctorate in business administration from Lingnan University in 2008.

Dr Kwok has long been active in helping the underprivileged and supporting the educational development of Hong Kong. He is a board director of the Community Chest and the Hong Kong AIDS Foundation, and was formerly Co-chairman of the Organizing Committee of the Hong Kong Committee for China AIDS Initiative. Over the years, Dr Kwok has made generous donations to numerous social service organizations such as the Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation, Suicide Prevention Services and Lifeline Express.

Dr Kwok has served as a member of the University Court of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He is currently an elected member of the Board of Trustees of New Asia College of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, a voting member of the University of Hong Kong Foundation, and a board member of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University Development Foundation. He was appointed a Justice of the Peace and awarded a Bronze Bauhinia Star by the Government of the HKSAR in 2008 and 2011 respectively.


Dr Alice Piera Lam Lee Kiu-yue
Dr Alice Piera Lam Lee Kiu-yue, GBS, JP (Doctor of Social Sciences, honoris causa)

Dr Alice Piera Lam Lee Kiu-yue has dedicated herself to serving the community and is particularly known for her contributions to the development of Hong Kong's higher education. In her nine years as Chairman of the University Grants Committee (UGC) from 1998 to 2007, sweeping changes were proposed that subsequently helped to spur the development of excellence in higher education and internationalization of universities in Hong Kong with far-reaching consequences.

Dr Lam has also had a successful career as a banker and solicitor. She received her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree from the University of Hong Kong in 1963 and then furthered her studies in law. She qualified as a solicitor in 1978 and joined Hang Seng Bank the same year. Dr Lam served the bank for almost two decades in roles including General Manager, Deputy Chief Executive and Managing Director. After leaving the bank she became Co-chairman of Sotheby's Asia. She is currently an Independent Non-executive Director of Perception Digital Holdings Limited.

Dr Lam has been actively engaged in public service throughout her career. She was a member of the Standing Commission on Civil Service Salaries and Conditions of Service, and served as Chairman of two committees of the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine. Her involvement in furthering the development of local education began in the late 1970s, when she became a member of the advisory board of the Lingnan Institute of Business Administration of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). In 1997, she was appointed Vice Chairman of the University Council of CUHK. She has also served as Chairman of the Stephen Cheong Foundation and a trustee of the Croucher Foundation, and was a member of the Council of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology between 1988 and 1996.

Additionally, Dr Lam was Chairman of the Education Commission and the first Chairman of the Quality Assurance Council of the UGC. She was appointed Justice of the Peace in 1987 and was awarded a Gold Bauhinia Star by the Government of the HKSAR in 2003. CUHK and Lingnan University both awarded her an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws.


Mr Li Rongrong
Mr Li Rongrong (Doctor of Social Sciences, honoris causa)

Mr Li Rongrong, the first Chairman of the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (SASAC) of the State Council, was influential in the reform and restructuring of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and strategic adjustment of the layout and structure of the state economy of China. Under his leadership between 2003 and 2010, SASAC achieved remarkable progress in furthering the listings, mergers and acquisitions of central SOEs, boosting the total value of such assets by 2.4 times during his tenure.

Mr Li graduated from the Chemical Engineering Department of Tianjin University and started his political career as Vice Chairman of Wuxi Municipal Economic Commission in 1986. He then held various senior positions, including Director of Wuxi Municipal Light Industry Bureau, Chairman of Wuxi Municipal Planning Commission, and Vice Chairman of Jiangsu Provincial Planning and Economic Commission. In 1992, he was transferred to the Central Government, working first in the Manufacture Office and then the Economic and Trade Office, both under the control of the State Council. Soon afterwards he was appointed Secretary-General and Vice Chairman of the State Economic and Trade Commission (SETC).

In 1998, Mr Li became Vice Chairman of the newly established State Development Planning Commission. He was re-assigned to the position of Vice Chairman of SETC a year later, and concurrently served as Deputy Party Secretary of SETC. He was named Chairman of SETC in 2001. After becoming the first person-in-charge of SASAC in March 2003, he provided valuable support and assistance to the OUHK on the launch of two online programmes in the mainland—the Master of Business Administration and Master of Professional Accounting programmes.

Since leaving his position as Chairman of SASAC in August 2010, Mr Li has served as a member of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and Vice Chairman of its Economic Affairs Subcommittee. He is currently a member of the Advisory Board and an Adjunct Professor of Tsinghua University's School of Economics and Management and an Adjunct Professor of Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He is also Honorary Director of Tianjin University's College of Management and Economics.


Mr Liu Yichang
Mr Liu Yichang, BBS, MH (Doctor of Letters, honoris causa)

Mr Liu Yichang, a renowned Chinese novelist and editor, is known as the 'Godfather of Hong Kong's literary circle' , not least for his role in nurturing a number of local literary talents.

Since graduating from Saint John's University in Shanghai in 1941, Mr Liu has worked as a journalist and editor for magazines and newspapers in Chongqing, Hong Kong, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. In 1985, he founded Hong Kong Literature, a monthly literary magazine of which he was Editor-in-chief until 2000. His role in introducing trends and works of Western literature and art and promoting literary writing through Hong Kong Literature and other local publications has been instrumental in Hong Kong's cultural development.

Mr Liu began writing novels in the 1930s and has published more than 30 books, including novels, collections of prose and essays. His works have been translated into several foreign languages. The Drinker was hailed as the 'first stream of consciousness novel in Hong Kong'. Novella Collection and Intersection won a Biennial Award and a Recommendation Prize in the Fiction Category at the Fourth and Sixth Hong Kong Biennial Awards for Chinese Literature respectively. The award-winning movies In the Mood for Love and 2046, directed by renowned director Wong Kar-wai, were both inspired by Mr Liu's works. He is a pillar of modernism in Hong Kong and has a strong influence on a number of local writers.

Mr Liu was awarded a Medal of Honour and a Bronze Bauhinia Star by the Government of the HKSAR in 2001 and 2011 respectively in recognition of his contribution to the local literary community, and was named ‘Writer of the Year' at the 2010 Hong Kong Book Fair. He is currently Honorary President of the Federation of Hong Kong Writers, Expert Adviser on Literary Arts of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and an Honorary Professor of the OUHK.


The Twentieth Congregation of the OUHK will be held in the morning of 21 December (Wednesday) at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium in Wan Chai, Hong Kong.

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