The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK) will confer honorary doctorates on Mr. Charles Lee Yeh-kwong, Dr. William Mong Man-wai, and Mr. David Sun Tak-kei at its 12th congregation on 17 December 2003.
Charles Lee Yeh-kwong, former Chairman of the
OUHK Council and co-founder of the solicitor's firm Woo, Kwan, Lee & Lo,
will receive the degree of Doctor of Social Sciences, honoris causa
. Born in Shanghai, Mr. Lee
was brought up and educated in Hong Kong. Holding a Master's degree in law from
the University of London, Mr. Lee is a qualified solicitor in Hong Kong and the
United Kingdom. He is also a qualified accountant and a chartered secretary.
Over the years, Mr. Lee has made long-standing contributions to the legal field
in Hong Kong, including being a co-founder of the well-known solicitor's firm in
Mr. Lee is widely acclaimed for his dedication to public service. Among his
many public appointments, he was Chairman of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong
Limited and a member of the Executive Council. Currently, he is Chairman of the
Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited and the Mandatory Provident Fund
Schemes Authority. He is also a member of the Council of the Hong Kong
University of Science and Technology. Mr. Lee was appointed Chairman of the OUHK
Council in 1998 and retired in July this year. During his five-year tenure, he
has led the University to make further strides in its development into a
regional centre of excellence in distance and adult education.
A devoted supporter of the Community Chest of Hong Kong, Mr. Lee was the
President and Chairman of the Board of Directors and currently he remains as
Board Member and Campaign Committee Co-Chairman of the Chest.
Numerous honours have been bestowed on him in recognition of his unremitting
efforts to serve Hong Kong. He was awarded the Gold Bauhinia Star by the Hong
Kong Special Administrative Region Government in 2000, and honorary doctorates
in laws and business administration by the Hong Kong University of Science and
Technology and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University respectively.
William Mong Man-wai, Chairman and founder of
the Shun Hing Group, will receive the degree of Doctor of Business
Administration, honoris causa
. Dr. Mong
attended schools in Hong Kong and pursued university studies in Tsinghua
University in Beijing. Upon graduation, Dr. Mong went to further his studies in
Japan and became well acquainted with Japanese culture. In 1953, Dr. Mong
founded Shun Hing Hong, which was soon appointed as the sole agent in Hong Kong
and Macau for National products manufactured by Matsushita Electric of Japan.
The company became the first to bring into Hong Kong Japanese home electrical
appliances. Under his leadership, National has become a popular brand name to
every family in Hong Kong, and the company has grown from strength to strength,
becoming an established enterprise with over a thousand employees and a
diversified scope of business.
Dr. Mong has devoted enormous amount of time and energy to community service.
He has been holding various honorary and advisory positions at universities in
Hong Kong and on Mainland China. His selfless dedication to society has been
further exemplified by the establishment of the Shun Hing Education and Charity
Fund in 1984. Over the years, donations of approximately HK$300 million have
been made in support of education, healthcare, sports development and
Dr Mong's notable contributions to the economy and the promotion of
education, science and technology have earned him numerous honorary titles.
Among them are the Japanese Order of the Sacred Treasure Gold Rays with Rossette
awarded by the Japanese Emperor Hirohito in 1988 and honorary doctorates
conferred by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the University of Hong Kong,
the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and the City University of
Hong Kong. In addition, the Purple Mountain Observatory of the Chinese Academia
Sinica named Asteroid 3678 the Mong Man Wai Star, and the Nanjing Municipal
Government conferred upon him the Nanjing Honorary Citizen Certificate.
David Sun Tak-kei, Treasurer of the OUHK
Council and President of the Hong Kong Society of Accountants (HKSA), will
receive the degree of Doctor of Business Administration, honoris causa
. A Certified Public Accountant, Mr. Sun
studied accounting in the United States and began his career with Ernst &
Young in Chicago after receiving his Bachelor of Science in Business
Administration and Master of Accounting Science degrees. Mr. Sun is now the
partner in charge of the accounting firm's assurance and advisory business
A veteran accountant with solid experience in the field, Mr. Sun has worked
tirelessly to strengthen the accounting profession and enhance its regulatory
system in Hong Kong. He has participated actively in the HKSA and served as the
deputy chairman of the organising committee of the very successful World
Congress of Accountants held in Hong Kong in 2002. A member of the HKSA Council
since 1997, he was elected as Vice-President for two consecutive years since
2001, and President for the year 2003.
Mr. Sun has made equally significant contributions to the community with his
expertise. He is a director of the Hong Kong Mortgage Corporation Limited, a
member of the Shareholders Group of the Securities and Futures Commission of
Hong Kong, and a member of the Listing Committee of the Stock Exchange of Hong
Kong Ltd. His association with the OUHK goes back to 1994 when he was appointed
to the University's Council. He has taken up the position of Treasurer since
1996, and played an important role in helping the University attain a healthy