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  OUHK to honour three outstanding personages 06/12/2012
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Prof. Edward Chen Kwan-yiu, GBS, CBE, JP

The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK) will confer honorary doctorates upon Prof. Edward Chen Kwan-yiu, Mr Liu Mingkang and Mr Gerald C S Siu in recognition of their achievements and contributions at its Twenty-first Congregation on 20 December 2012 (Thursday).

Prof. Edward Chen Kwan-yiu, GBS, CBE, JP (Doctor of Letters, honoris causa)

Prof. Edward Chen Kwan-yiu is a prominent economist, a visionary educator and a community leader with an eminent record of public service. He obtained Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of Hong Kong (HKU), and a PhD in economics from Oxford University. He joined HKU as an Assistant Lecturer in 1970 and during the course of the next 25 years rose to the position of Director of the Centre of Asian Studies in 1979 and Chair Professor in 1986. In 1995 he left HKU to become President of Lingnan University (then Lingnan College), a position he held until his retirement in 2007. He is an Honorary Professor at the OUHK and a Distinguished Fellow of HKU's Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (incorporating the Centre of Asian Studies).

A dedicated lifelong scholar, Prof. Chen was a pioneer in the study of newly industrialized economies and has conducted long-term research on the changing patterns of foreign direct investment and the role of multinational corporations in economic development and technology transfer. During his years as President of Lingnan, he was widely admired for his success in cultivating a distinctive student-centred educational community based in the liberal arts, and overseeing the college's transition to university status.

In the public arena, Prof. Chen was a member of the Legislative Council from 1991 to 1992, and a member of the Executive Council from 1992 to 1997. He served the Consumer Council for over 10 years and was its Chairman from 1991 to 1997, working keenly on the promotion of competition policy in Hong Kong. He has also served as a member of the Basic Law Consultative Committee, the ICAC Operations Review Committee, the Economic Advisory Committee and the Banking Advisory Committee. He was Chairman of the Veterinary Surgeons Board, the Hong Kong Committee for Pacific Economic Co-operation, and the Hong Kong Society for the Aged, and founding Chairman of the Hong Kong Press Council.

Prof. Chen was appointed a Justice of the Peace in 1993 and awarded a CBE in 1995 and a Gold Bauhinia Star in 2003. In 2008, HKU named him a Doctor of Social Sciences, honoris causa.
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Mr Liu Mingkang

Mr Liu Mingkang (Doctor of Business Administration, honoris causa)

Mr Liu Mingkang has long played a leading role in China's banking and financial sectors. In 2003, he was named the first Chairman of the China Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC), a position he held until 2011, and served as a member of the 17th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China. He is Vice Chairman of the Committee for Economic Affairs of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference. He obtained his MBA and an Honorary Doctorate from City University London.

Before heading the CBRC, Mr Liu held various senior positions in China's banking and financial institutions, including Chairman and President of Bank of China (BOC), Chairman of China Everbright Group, Deputy Governor of the People's Bank of China, and Deputy Governor of China Development Bank. His effective leadership and prowess in organizational reengineering was clearly demonstrated by the series of bold reforms he masterminded during his presidency at BOC, to wipe out long-standing internal malpractices and established a good corporate governance structure and sound decision-making system. On the international stage, he was a member of the Financial Stability Board and Vice Chairman of the International Institute of Finance among other important appointments to prestigious financial organizations. The CBRC and Mr Liu himself were jointly presented the '2009 Risk Manager of the Year Award' by the Global Association of Risk Professionals. In 2012, Mr Liu received the 'The Asian Banker Lifetime Achievement Award'.

Mr Liu sits on the International Advisory Boards of the Guanghua Management School of Peking University and the School of Economics and Management of Tsinghua University and holds honorary positions in universities in Hong Kong and China, including Honorary Dean of the Lingnan (University) College of Sun Yet-Sen University in Guangzhou. Earlier this year, he was appointed a Distinguished Fellow by both the Chinese University of Hong Kong's Institute of Global Economics and Finance and the Fung Global Institute, an independent think-tank based in Hong Kong, while Lingnan University named him Doctor of Social Sciences, honoris causa last month.

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Mr Gerald C S Siu


Mr Gerald C S Siu (Doctor of Social Sciences, honoris causa)

Mr Gerald Siu is Managing Director of Hong Kong Funeral Home and Director of Kowloon Funeral Home. Being a well-respected leader, Mr Siu has played a significant role in promoting the development of Hong Kong's funeral service industry and enhancing its professionalism over the past three and a half decades. After graduating from Whittier College in California with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1975, Mr Siu returned to Hong Kong to assist his father in running the family's funeral service business. He succeeded and brought the business to new heights by constantly upgrading service quality and fostering a customer-centric culture. In 2003 when the city was under serious threat from the outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), Mr Siu demonstrated a high level of professionalism by leading his staff to provide committed funeral services to those who died from SARS, giving the last comfort to their grieving families.

Believing in 'Education for All', Mr Siu contributes enthusiastically to the development of education in Hong Kong. He advocated lifelong learning, called for the launch of 15-year free education, and is committed to the nurturing of talent for society. For example, in 2010, Mr Siu donated HK$10 million to the OUHK for its campus development and the Student Assistance Fund, to help promote the development of the health care profession and creative industries.

Mr Siu also offers strategic inputs to the development of Hong Kong through his active and dedicated involvement in a number of non-profit making organizations. Apart from being a former Director (1978-1979) and current Voting Member of Po Leung Kuk, Mr Siu is Vice Chairman of Honorary President Council of Eastern District Junior Police Call, Permanent Honorary President of Women's Welfare Club Western District Hong Kong, Director of Rotary Club of Kowloon East, Vice President of Eastern District Recreation and Sports Advancement Association, Vice President of Causeway Bay Kai-fong Welfare Advancement Association, Member of the OUHK Sponsorship and Development Fund Committee and Member of the Community Chest Corporate Challenge Half Marathon Organizing Committee.

The Twenty-first Congregation of the OUHK will be held in the morning of 20 December (Thursday) at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium in Wan Chai, Hong Kong.
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