The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK) will award Honorary University
Fellowship to Prof. Chan Yuk-shee, Dr. Chiu Chun-bong, Mr. Ian MacCallum, Dr.
Vivian Wong Taam Chi-woon and Dr. Geoffrey Yeh in recognition of their
outstanding achievements in their respective fields and exceptional
contributions to the University on Saturday, 11 November 2006.
Chan Yuk-shee is currently Senior Advisor to the President and Chair Professor
of Finance of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). During
his 16 years' service at the HKUST, he had served as the Founding Dean of the
Business School and Vice-President. As a strong advocate for internationalisation and strategic alliances in higher education, Prof. Chan has
been active in promoting international exchanges and collaborations in the local
tertiary education sector.
Prof. Chan is also active in
many different spheres of public affairs and community service. He is
currently Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Social Work Training and
Manpower Planning, also member of many public sector and government
committees. From 1996 to 2004, Prof. Chan served at the OUHK Council and
contributed significantly to the work of the Human Resources Committee,
the Physical Resources Committee and the Professorial Nomination
Dr Chiu Chun-bong is Managing Director of
Billabong Enterprises Co. Ltd. and The Chius Manufacturing Co. Ltd. He is also a
member of the Executive Committee of the Chinese Manufacturers' Association of
Hong Kong and has been serving as Permanent Honorary Chairman of the Chinese
General Chamber of Commerce since 1982.
While making many contributions to the commerce
sector and social welfare, Dr Chiu has also been a generous and
enthusiastic supporter of tertiary institutions
in Hong Kong. Dr Chiu served on the OUHK Council from 1997 to 2005,
and continues to serve on the University's Sponsorship and
Development Fund Committee.
Mr Ian MacCallum is a
founding trustee and the current Vice-Chairman of the Croucher Foundation.
Formerly the senior partner of the leading law firm of Wilkinson & Grist,
Mr. MacCallum has long been actively involved in the public affairs of Hong
Kong. He has held important positions in the Hong Kong Law Society, the
Salvation Army Advisory Board and the Hong Kong Bible Society; was a member of
the territory's Basic Law Consultative Committee and has been a member of the
General Committee of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce.
1995 when the OUHK planned to develop an electronic library to further the
development of distance learning and academic studies, Mr MacCallum was
consulted and he responded with encouraging enthusiasm. The project has
become a reality with a HK$10-million grant from the Croucher Foundation.
The Foundation has since been a regular supporter of the OUHK’s research
and academic activities in the natural sciences, technology and medicine.
Wong Taam Chi-woon was an academic with the University of Hong Kong (HKU) before
turning to public health at the World Bank. She was former Chief Executive of
the Hospital Authority and Queen Mary Hospital/Tsan Yuk Hospital.
Dr. Wong served on the Council
of the Open Learning Institute which was subsequently retitled the OUHK
between 1996 and 2003. Her suggestions to the University have led to the
introduction of successful new initiatives for enhancing academic and
teaching quality. When she was a member of the University Grants Committee
(UGC), she underscored the importance of continued adult education to the
society at large and her support was instrumental in the UGC’s decision to
invite the OUHK to participate in the deliberation on the Higher Education
Dr Geoffrey M.T. Yeh is Chairman of Hsin Chong International
Holdings Ltd. He has served as Vice-President of the Hong Kong Construction
Association, President of the Society of Builders, and was Chairman of the Hong
Kong Futures Exchange.
Dr Yeh has made significant and lasting contributions to the local construction
and financial sectors.
Dr Yeh is an
enthusiastic supporter of local educational and cultural institutions and
attaches great importance to the value of education. He donated RMB5 million in
June 2006 to the Peking University to establish the Yeh's Lu Xun Chair Professor
Fund of Social Sciences. Dr Yeh was a former Chairman of the Incorporated
Trustees of Hsin Chong – K.N. Godfrey Yeh Education Fund, which has contributed
annual bursary awards to the OUHK for supporting needy students since 1995.