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  OUHK to honour four outstanding personages 23/11/2010

The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK) will confer honorary doctorates upon Mr Paul Chow Man-yiu, Ms Ann Hui On-wah, Mr Thomas Kwok Ping-kwong and Mr Vincent Woo Wing-fai in recognition of their achievements and contributions at its Nineteenth Congregation on 3 December 2010.

Mr Paul Chow Man-yiu




Mr Paul Chow Man-yiu (Doctor of Social Sciences, honoris causa)

Mr Paul Chow Man-yiu has led Hong Kong’s stock market for about 12 years, first as Chief Executive of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong, and then as Chief Executive of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited until his retirement in January 2010. Under his leadership, a number of innovative reform measures were implemented to enhance the market infrastructure of Hong Kong’s stock market and several new investment products and services were introduced. These developments have helped lay a solid foundation for Hong Kong to be a world-class securities market. Mr Chow is currently Chairman of the Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited, an Independent Non-Executive Director of the Bank of China Limited, and a Director of Plan International Hong Kong. His public service over the years has included membership of the Digital 21 Strategy Advisory Committee, the Standing Committee on Company Law Reform, and the Board and Executive Committee of the Community Chest of Hong Kong. On education, he is an Honorary Advisor to the Li Ka Shing Institute of Professional and Continuing Education of the Open University of Hong Kong, Acting Treasurer and a member of the Council and Court of the University of Hong Kong (HKU), and a member of the Court of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST).

Graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the HKU in 1970, Mr Chow developed his business and financial expertise through continuous learning at work and further study. Committing himself to lifelong learning, he completed a Diploma in Management Studies and a Master of Business Administration from the HKU, and a Diploma in Finance (Distinction) from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Mr Chow has been appointed a Justice of the Peace, and awarded the Silver Bauhinia Star and the Gold Bauhinia Star. He is an Honorary Fellow of the HKU, the HKUST and the Hong Kong Securities Institute, a Fellow of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the Hong Kong Institute of Chartered Secretaries, a Distinguished Fellow of the Hong Kong Computer Society, and an Honorary Member of the Canadian Certified General Accountants Association of Hong Kong.


Ms Ann Hui On-wah
Ms Ann Hui On-wah (Doctor of Letters, honoris causa)

Ms Ann Hui On-wah is one of Hong Kong’s foremost filmmakers and has won numerous local and international awards for the more than 20 films she has directed or produced. Her films reflect social reality and are characterized by a strong sense of place and history as well as a profound portrayal of female characters.

Born in northeast China and educated in Hong Kong, Ms Hui obtained her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Hong Kong (HKU). She sought further education in England and received a diploma with first-class honours from the London Film School. Upon her return to Hong Kong, she became an assistant to veteran director Mr King Hu and joined Television Broadcasts Limited as a director for many independent drama episodes and documentaries afterwards. She later worked for the Independent Commission Against Corruption and Radio Television Hong Kong, making television dramas. In 1979, she left television and made her debut feature film, The Secret, which earned her widespread prominence. With Boat People released in 1982, her talent began to draw international attention. The film was shown at many film festivals, including the highly influential Cannes Film Festival. It received five awards at the Hong Kong Film Awards, including the Best Film and the Best Director. Summer Snow, another masterpiece produced and directed by her, was released in 1995 and received multiple awards at the Hong Kong Film Awards, Golden Horse Film Festival and other film festivals. Ordinary Heroes, directed by her in 1999, also won five Golden Horse Awards. In 2008, her film The Way We Are received the Best Director award and three other honours at the Hong Kong Film Awards.

In 1997, Ms Hui was awarded an MBE and made an Honorary Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts. In 2001, she was conferred an Honorary University Fellowship by her alma mater, the HKU.


Mr Thomas Kwok Ping-kwong
Mr Thomas Kwok Ping-kwong (Doctor of Business Administration, honoris causa)

Mr Thomas Kwok Ping-kwong is Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited (SHKP) and a member of the Executive Committee of SHKP. He has been with SHKP Group for 33 years. Mr Kwok is also Chairman of Route 3 (CPS) Company Limited, Joint Chairman of IFC Development Limited, a Non-Executive Director of SUNeVision Holdings Limited, and an Independent Non-Executive Director of the Bank of East Asia, Limited.

Mr Kwok holds an Honorary Doctorate in Engineering from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the London Business School, University of London, and a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Imperial College, University of London. He is a Fellow of the Hong Kong Management Association and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Hong Kong. Mr Kwok is also Executive Vice President and a member of the Executive Committee of Real Estate Developers Association of Hong Kong. The Hong Kong Government has appointed him to the Commission on Strategic Development and the Provisional Minimum Wage Commission. He was a former member of the Exchange Fund Advisory Committee, the Construction Industry Council, the Business Facilitation Advisory Committee, and the Council for Sustainable Development as well as a former council member of the Hong Kong Construction Association.

Mr Kwok is committed to public welfare and charitable causes. He previously sat on the board of the Community Chest of Hong Kong, the Social Welfare Policies and Services Committee, and the Council of the Open University of Hong Kong. In addition, he is an Honorary Citizen of Guangzhou and a Standing Committee Member of the Ninth Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference Shanghai Committee. In 2007, he received a Silver Bauhinia Star from the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.


Mr Vincent Woo Wing-fai
Mr Vincent Woo Wing-fai (Doctor of Business Administration, honoris causa)

Mr Vincent Woo Wing-fai, a veteran member of the real estate community, is Managing Director of Wing Sheung (Holdings) Limited. Mr Woo is a graduate of Zhongnan University in Wuhan, China. Since he moved to Hong Kong in 1962, he has been actively supporting numerous local charitable and educational organizations for over four decades. He has served as Chairman of Po Leung Kuk, the Community Chest of Hong Kong’s Walks for Millions and the Hong Kong Juvenile Care Centre. He received an MBE in 1984.

Mr Woo has a long relationship with the Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK). In 1996, he accepted an invitation to join the University’s Sponsorship and Development Fund Committee to help it formulate long-term development strategies. In 2008, he established the Woo Fung Ming Scholarship, which was named after his elder sister. The scholarship offers financial support and provides encouragement to outstanding students of the OUHK’s distance learning programmes. Mr Woo’s donation was also essential to the construction of the OUHK’s Campus Phase Two. When the University celebrated its 20th anniversary, Mr Woo chaired the steering committee that planned the celebration activities. In 2001, he was conferred the Honorary University Fellowship by the OUHK in recognition of his contributions to the University and its students.

Mr Woo established the Woo Wing Fai Charitable Foundation in 1997 to support charitable projects. He is particularly keen on supporting higher education. He founded and continues to make donations to the Vincent Woo Distinguished Visiting Scholars Programme at Lingnan University and the Vincent Woo Scholarship Scheme for Outstanding Mainland Students at Hong Kong Baptist University, which enables mainland students with financial difficulties to study in Hong Kong. Mr Woo’s charitable engagement has also extended educational opportunities for future generations in his hometown of Shunde, Guangdong, where he actively subsidized the construction of a vocational college, Shunde Polytechnic.


The Nineteenth Congregation of the OUHK will be held in the morning of 3 December (Friday) at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium in Wan Chai, Hong Kong.

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