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  OUHK to confer Honorary University Fellowship 02/11/2003
Four ardent supporters of the Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK) will be presented the Honorary University Fellowship this Thursday (6 November) in recognition of their contributions to both the University and the promotion of lifelong education.


Mr Chien Lee has inherited his family's philanthropic devotion to charity and tirelessly takes part in community and education services. He is a Governor of the Lee Hysan Foundation which has provided donations in support of the University's various projects. The University's Student Assistance Fund was set up in 1992 with half of the endowment contributed by the Foundation. In the following years, the Foundation boosted the Fund with further donations and has made a grant towards the development of the Ho Man Tin campus for setting up the Lee Hysan Science Laboratories. Noting that the Fund was unable to generate sufficient funding for the bursary scheme because of the diminishing investment returns in recent years, the Foundation has pledged to make additional grants to the University to ensure that a certain amount of bursaries are available each year. To date, the Foundation has assisted more than 300 students to carry on with their studies at the OUHK.


Lady Helen Woo is a helpful partner for her husband Sir Po-shing Woo, who is a distinguished figure in the business and legal sectors. In 2001, she began serving on the Sponsorship and Development Fund Committee of the OUHK Council and has since assisted the University in formulating fundraising strategies for major development projects. She has also offered personal support to projects that have addressed the pressing needs of students such as the Student Assistance Fund. Lady Woo holds directorships in a number of companies, and shows the same dedication in making contributions to the community in public health, education and cultural activities. Through the Po-Shing Woo Charitable Foundation, she has supported various charity projects and institutions.   



Mr Ian Fok Chun-wan is the Managing Director of Yau Wing Co. Ltd. and Director of the Fok Ying Tung Foundation Ltd. A strong supporter of education, he joined the Council of the OUHK in 1997 and has since served on the Finance Committee, the Sponsorship and Development Fund Committee and the Investment Working Group. Over the years, he has not only made notable contributions to the development of the OUHK but has also been a patron of the Student Assistance Fund and various activities of the University. Mr. Fok is also concerned about educational needs in mainland China and has supported the University to expand its distance education services across the border. The Hong Kong Pei Hua Education Foundation Ltd., of which Mr Fok is the Chairman of the Standing Committee, has sponsored the OUHK to offer Master's programmes in the western part of China where hundreds of local business people and teachers have been trained. 


Prof. Norman Ko Wah-man is an expert in the study of fluid dynamics and acoustics with extensive publications. He has dedicated his service for 30 years to teaching and research. In 1995, he was awarded the title of Doctor of Science by the University of Hong Kong (HKU). Before retirement in 2000, he was the Chair Professor of the Department of Mechanical Engineering of HKU, where he remains Emeritus and Honorary Professor. He is a Fellow of a number of professional bodies, and has also demonstrated his great talent in sculpture, painting and underwater photography. Being highly appreciative of the OUHK's commitment to providing 'education for all', Prof. Ko specially created the sculpture 'Spreading Wings'. In 2000, he and his two sisters donated the sculpture to the University and held a sculpture exhibition on campus on the theme of 'flight', which symbolizes how education empowers people to fly high and explore the horizons of knowledge.
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