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  The Open University to honour four ardent supporters 26/10/2004

The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK) will confer Honorary University Fellowship on Mr. Richard Hui Chung Yee, Prof. Wu Yin, Dr. Simon Kwan Sin Ming and Dr. Lo Chi Kin in recognition of their ardent support for the University and lifelong learning at a presentation ceremony to be held next Saturday (6 November) at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Mr. Richard Hui Chung Yee has dedicated himself to community service and is currently Honorary Member of the Hua Xia Foundation and Member of the Art Museum Management Committee of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He has also long supported the education development in Hong Kong and mainland China as a founding member of the Hong Kong Pei Hua Education Foundation Limited and a member of its Standing Committee. Since 2001, the Foundation has made donations in excess of $2.6 million to help the OUHK provide training programmes in Yunnan, Gansu, Xiaxi, Qinghai and Ningxia provinces as part of its efforts to further the development of Western China. Building on the strengths of distance learning, the initiative has enabled over 500 local administrators and professionals to learn modern theories and practices in business administration and education.


Prof. Wu Yin , President of the Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, is a distinguished historian and education administrator. Specializing in modern and contemporary history of international relations, the history of Sino-Japan relations, and the political history of Japan, Prof. Wu has published extensively on her scholarly research. She has been honoured as expert with outstanding contributions of the country. Under her leadership, the Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences has been actively forging collaboration with local and overseas universities in recent years with an aim to create more education and training opportunities for local learners. In 2001, the Institute of Continuing Education of the Graduate School began to team up with the OUHK to develop training programmes in the disciplines of business administration and law. The programmes marry the strengths of the OUHK's distance learning and credit system with the academic expertise of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, setting a new model of partnership for training and people development in mainland China.


Dr. Simon Kwan Sin Ming , founder and Chairman of Simon Kwan & Associates Limited, is a world-renowned architect. His company has completed more than 300 building projects over the years that include the campus development of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. The distinctive architectures have won many prestigious accolades such as the annual awards of the Hong Kong Institute of Architects, the 10-best buildings in Beijing and the 10-best buildings in Shanghai. In 1999, Simon Kwan & Associates Limited was commissioned to design and to provide project management for the Island Learning Centre of the OUHK. The new facility came into service after merely eight months with a flexible design that can accommodate a wide variety of learning activities with different space and setting requirements. As an ardent supporter of lifelong learning, Dr. Kwan has also made generous contributions to the OUHK's Student Assistance Fund with an aim of helping adult learners to return to studying.


Dr. Lo Chi Kin is a well-known public affairs consultant and political commentator. He is currently Director of Hong Kong Communications Group, Managing Director of C. K. Lo & S. Lam Limited and Chairman of A-World Group. Over the years, Dr. Lo has made selfless contributions to public service by sharing his substantial experience in communication. During the period from 1993 to 2001 when Dr. Lo served as Member of the Council of the OUHK, he rendered valuable advice and guidance to the development of the University. When the institution newly acquired university status in 1997, Dr. Lo led a panel of Council members and senior management to formulate imperative strategies for the University to transform and reposition its public image.

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