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  Three distinguished persons honoured by the OUHK 22/10/2003

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.

Mr. 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 Hong Kong.

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.

Dr. 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 environmental protection.

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.

Mr. 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 services division.

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 self-financing status.

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