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  OUHK to Honour Four Distinguished Personages 28/08/2001

Four eminent persons including Mr. Joseph Yam Chi-kwong, Dr. Chung Chi-yung, Dr. Tin Ka-ping and Sir John Daniel will be conferred honorary doctorates by the Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK) at its Tenth Congregation this December.

Joseph YamMr. Joseph Yam Chi-kwong, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, will receive the degree of Doctor of Business Administration, honoris causa. Mr. Yam started his civil service career as a statistician in 1971 upon graduation from the University of Hong Kong with first class honours and became a government economist in 1976. He was appointed Deputy Secretary for Monetary Affairs in 1985 and Director of the Office of the Exchange Fund in 1991.

Mr. Yam has contributed greatly towards the upgrading of the local monetary system and the stability of the Hong Kong economy. He helped put together Hong Kong's linked exchange rate system in 1983, and introduced many reform measures to develop Hong Kong as an international financial centre. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority in 1993 when he was appointed Chief Executive.

Mr. Yam was named Banker of the Year by the Hong Kong Institute of Bankers in 1995, Central Banker of the Year and Man of the Year by two magazines -Euromoney and Hong Kong Business - respectively in 1997, and Central Bank Governor of the Year by another magazine Asiamoney in 1998. He has recently been awarded the HKSAR Gold Bauhinia Star for his distinguished public service.


Chung Chi-yungDr. Chung Chi-yung, founder and Vice President of Hong Kong Shue Yan College, will receive the degree of Doctor of Letters, honoris causa. Dr. Chung has been devoting her life to education over the last few decades. The first female judge in Chinese history, Dr. Chung obtained a Bachelor of Law from Wuhan University, China, in 1944 and a Ph.D. in Law from the University of Paris, France, in 1953 before further concentrated study in Juvenile Delinquency in Institute of Criminology of Paris, France.

Dr Chung's career in education began in the 1955 after she settled in Hong Kong. She had taught at the then Hong Kong United College, Hong Kong Chung Chi College and Hong Kong Baptist College for more than 20 years before she became Head of Sociology and Social Work and Dean of the Arts Faculty at the Baptist College. In the late 1960s, Dr Chung and her husband, Dr. Henry Hu, saw an acute shortage of college places, so they immediately put their concern into action by setting up a liberal arts college - Shue Yan College - in 1971.

Dr. Chung has been participating actively in public service, and has made significant contributions to the formation of the Hong Kong SAR Government. She is an honorary professor of Wuhan University and People's University in China, and an honorary advisory professor of the Beijing Institute of Technology. She was also a recipient of the HKSAR Gold Bauhinia Star award.

Dr. Tin Ka-ping Dr. Tin Ka-ping, Chairman of Tins' Chemical Industrial Company Limited and Thians' Plastic Industrial Company Limited, will be conferred the degree of Doctor of Social Sciences, honoris causa. Born in a learned family in Guangdong in 1919, Dr. Tin stopped receiving formal education and became the family's breadwinner at the age of 16. The 'King of Synthetic Leather'started his rubber business in Indonesia at the age of 20, and settled in Hong Kong in 1958.

>Through the K. P. Tin Foundation Limited established in 1982, Dr. Tin has donated more than one billion dollars to education, social welfare and infrastructural projects. On the Mainland, beneficiaries include universities, schools, hospitals and elderly and youth centres in more than 30 provinces and cities. In Hong Kong, the Foundation has subsidized many charitable and educational organizations, including the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals, Po Leung Kuk, Yan Oi Tong and a number of higher education institutions such as the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the University of Hong Kong.

In recognition of his accomplishments, the International Asteroid/Comet Naming Committee named an asteroid (2886) after Dr. Tin in 1993. He was awarded honorary doctoral degrees and honorary university fellowship by three local universities and honorary professorships by more than 40 mainland tertiary institutions.

John DanielSir John Daniel, Assistant Director General for Education of UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), will be awarded the degree of Doctor of Letters, honoris causa. Sir John graduated from the University of Oxford in the UK and completed his Doctor of the State degree from the University of Paris in France. He became inspired by Open University methods in the early 1970s and has since held senior positions in various distance learning universities in Canada before being appointed the Vice Chancellor of the Open University, the UK (OUUK), in 1990. Under his leadership, the OUUK has established itself as a world leader in distance education.

Sir John was President of the International Council for Open and Distance Education from 1982 to 1985. He was a member of the OUHK Council from 1996 to 2000, during which he has given valuable advice to the newly born university. He left the OUUK for the UNESCO in June this year.

Numerous accolades have been bestowed on Sir John for his fervent devotion to education, including honorary doctoral degrees from universities in Australia, Canada, France and Sri Lanka, as well as an honorary fellowship from the University of Oxford. He was knighted by the British monarch in 1994.

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