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  OUHK to confer Honorary University Fellowships 28/10/2010

The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK) will award Honorary University Fellowships to Mr Chan Siu-fung, Ms Quince Chong Wai-yan, Ms Sophia Kao Ching-chi and Dr Wan Tai-min in recognition of their outstanding achievements in their respective fields and exceptional contributions to the University and society on Saturday, 6 November 2010.

Mr. Chan Siu Fung




Mr Chan Siu-fung

Well-known Cantonese opera singer Mr Chan Siu-fung spent his secondary school life in Hong Kong and returned to his homeland with his father during the Sino-Japanese War. He later attended university in Guangzhou but had to discontinue his studies for financial reasons. He entered the world of Cantonese opera as a 19-year-old and took on protagonist roles after several years of hard work. His performance as Jia Baoyu — the key character in the Chinese classical novel Dream of the Red Chamber — earned him instant fame. Since then, he has performed throughout Southeast Asia, and has been the head and deputy head of the Guangzhou Cantonese Opera Troupe and Guangdong Opera House, where he also served as a director and a leading actor.

With a firm grasp of characters' personalities and a deep sensitivity to human feelings, Mr Chan developed his unique singing style known as 'Fung Style' and earned a reputation as the 'King of Actors.' He won Best Actor in the Guangdong Cantonese Opera Hundred Flowers Award in the early 1980s. Mr Chan was also a council member of the China Theater Association, Vice Chairman of the Guangdong Dramatists' Association and a member of the Standing Committee of the Guangdong Provincial People's Congress. He retired and moved to New York to rejoin his family in 1986.

Frequently performing for charity, Mr Chan has been lending continuous support to the Haven of Hope Hospital since 1992, raising funds for its palliative care service. Though he has reached the age of 85, he continues to pursue creative activities and is a living example to the public of active, lifelong learning. He has been an Honorary Advisor of the Li Ka Shing Institute of Professional and Continuing Education of the OUHK since 2009.


Ms. Quince Chong Wai Yan
Ms Quince Chong Wai-yan

Ms Quince Chong Wai-yan is Cathay Pacific's Director of Corporate Affairs, Director of Cathay Pacific Catering Services Ltd (Hong Kong), Chairperson of Hong Kong Airport Services Ltd and Vogue Laundry Service Ltd.

Ms Chong is a graduate of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where she majored in Government and Public Administration and minored in Personnel Management. She entered the field of public relations after graduation, working in the hotel industry and for the Hong Kong Tourist Association. In 1998, she joined Cathay Pacific as Head of Corporate Communication Department and in 1999, received the Best Crisis Management Award at the Asian PR Awards for her excellent handling of an industrial action by pilots. She was appointed General Manager of the Inflight Services Department the following year. In order to gain a first-hand understanding of frontline work, she obtained a license to serve as a flight attendant. Every time she flew as a flight attendant, she chose to work in the economy class cabin. Ms Chong continued this practice even after she became Director of Service Delivery in 2004, and only ceased to do so in 2008.

From 2004 to June this year, Ms Chong was a Council member of the OUHK. She acted as a matchmaker for the University's Li Ka Shing Institute of Professional and Continuing Education and Cathay Pacific, bringing the two parties together to offer a Professional Diploma in Inflight Service programme aimed at training professionals for the airline industry.


Ms. Sophia Kao Ching Chi
Ms Sophia Kao Ching-chi, SBS, JP

A graduate in Business Administration from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Ms Sophia Kao Ching-chi had a remarkable career in human resources management spanning over 28 years with four companies. Her last position was Human Resources Director of the Airport Authority from 1991 to 1999, where she played a key part in building the organization and the team that delivered to Hong Kong a world-class airport.

In 1999, Ms Kao decided that it was a good time to open a new page in life and pursue her ideal of fostering a more harmonious society. As Chairperson of the Women's Commission and being among the leadership of several major women's organizations, she devotes herself untiringly to advancing women's status and nurturing an enabling environment for women's participation. She was instrumental in initiating the Capacity Building Mileage Programme, a partnership scheme between the Women's Commission and the OUHK for women's self-enhancement. The programme, as of today, has helped more than 9,000 women embark on their journeys of lifelong learning.

Ms Kao is also involved in building social capital in Hong Kong in her role as a founding member and Vice Chairman of the Community Investment and Inclusion Fund; in education, as Deputy Chairman of Lingnan University and a member of the English Schools Foundation Board of Governors; and in regulatory function, as Chairman of the Financial Reporting Council. She is also a member of the Commission on Strategic Development and the Family Council. She was appointed a Justice of the Peace in 2003 and received a Silver Bauhinia Star from the Hong Kong SAR Government in 2009.


Dr. Wan Tai Min
Dr Wan Tai-min

Dr Wan Tai-min graduated from the Hong Kong Technical College (predecessor of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University). He is the sole founder of Anglo-American Traders Ltd, and currently serves as the company's Chairman.

Dr Wan has dedicated himself to community service since he was young. During the 1970s, he served as a Director of the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals and contributed significantly to the change in status of Pok Oi Hospital, which saw it become a district hospital eligible for stable and substantial government funding. In order to support charity causes in mainland China and around the world, Dr Wan founded the Rotary Club of Kowloon East and raised US$15 million through Rotary International for producing polio vaccines in mainland China to help eradicate the disease. He has also been involved in the Scouts for over 20 years, and has served as President and Director of the South China Athletic Association. In 1989, he decided to set aside his career and devote himself entirely to charity work, particularly in education. He was instrumental in the founding of the China Charity Federation in 1989 and became its director. Over the years, Dr Wan has donated towards the construction of more than 100 primary schools in poverty-stricken areas across the mainland and some 4,000 water kilns to mitigate water shortage in Gansu Province. He has twice been elected a member of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and in 2008, was honoured with the World Outstanding Chinese Award.

Dr Wan has been making donations to the OUHK since 1997, enabling students with financial difficulties to continue their education.


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