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  OUHK to honour four outstanding personages 27/10/2008

The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK) will confer honorary doctorates upon Prof. Howard Goldblatt, Mr Solomon Lee Kui-nang, Mr Henry Tang Ying-yen and Dr Daniel Tse Chi-wai in recognition of their achievements and contributions at its Seventeenth Congregation on 12 December.

Prof. Howard Goldblatt


Prof. Howard Goldblatt (Doctor of Letters, honoris causa)

Prof. Howard Goldblatt, Research Professor at the University of Notre Dame in the United States, is revered for his profound contribution to the appreciation of modern and contemporary Chinese literature in the English-speaking world. A recipient of two translation fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts in the United States, Prof. Goldblatt has published English translations of more than 40 novels and story collections written by famous Chinese authors, including Ba Jin, Mo Yan, Su Tong, Huang Chunming and Bai Xianyong. Prof. Goldblatt and Sylvia Li-chun Lin received the 'Translation of the Year' prize from the American Literary Translators Association in 1999 for their joint translation of Notes of a Desolate Man, one of the most important works by Taiwanese novelist Chu T'ien-wen. His translation of Wolf Totem by mainland writer Jiang Rong was instrumental to the book being chosen for the inaugural Man Asian Literary Prize in 2007.

Since receiving his Ph.D. from the Indiana University in 1974, Prof. Goldblatt has established his reputation as a foremost translator, teacher and researcher of Chinese literature. The founding editor of the scholarly journal Modern Chinese Literature, Prof. Goldblatt also serves on the editorial and advisory boards of many scholarly and literary magazines, and has contributed essays and articles to The Washington Post, The Times newspaper of the United Kingdom, TIME Magazine, World Literature Today, as well as other scholarly journals.

Mr. Solomon Lee Kui-nang
Mr Solomon Lee Kui-nang (Doctor of Business Administration, honoris causa)

Mr Solomon Lee Kui-nang is a seasoned industrialist and philanthropist actively involved in community and charity affairs, including scouting, education and poverty alleviation. A graduate from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Mr Lee took on distinguished roles both in his family business and in social service. Besides being a former President of the Rotary Club of Kowloon East, Mr Lee has been appointed to key positions within the Scout Association of Hong Kong. He has been the Association's President for Hong Kong Island Region since 2003, and has doubled as the Association's Vice-President since 2004, contributing significantly to the scouting movement in Hong Kong.

A staunch believer in the value of education, Mr Lee offers unfailing support to the development of tertiary education in Hong Kong. His generous support for local tertiary institutions included a HK$10 million donation towards the OUHK's Campus Phase Two development in 2007. Mr Lee began his contribution to the OUHK's bursaries in 1998 which before long was followed by the establishment of the 'Solomon Lee Education Fund', giving support to adults who need financial assistance to fulfil their desire for lifelong learning. Mr Lee's philanthropy has been extended to various parts of China, particularly deprived areas in the provinces of Guangdong, Guangxi, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Hebei and Gansu, where he has set up bursaries for students and provided funds to cater for development needs in such areas as education, hospital service, housing and public health.


Mr Henry Tang Ying-yen

Mr. Henry Tang Ying-yen
Mr Henry Tang Ying-yen (Doctor of Social Sciences, honoris causa), GBS, JP

Mr Henry Tang Ying-yen was among the first principal officials appointed since the HKSAR Government's implementation of the Accountability System in July 2002. Prior to being appointed the Chief Secretary for Administration in July 2007, he served as the Secretary for Commerce, Industry and Technology and then the Financial Secretary in the second term of the SAR Government. Mr Tang developed his career as a leading industrialist after completing his undergraduate study at the University of Michigan in the United States. He received the Young Industrialist Award of Hong Kong from the Federation of Hong Kong Industries (FHKI) in 1989, and was named a Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum in 1993. Mr Tang served as the Chairman of the FHKI between 1995 and 2001, and was a Committee Member of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce.

Mr Tang served as a Member of the Legislative Council and the Provisional Legislative Council between 1991 and 1998, and has been a Member of the Executive Council since 1997. He served extensively on various government boards and public bodies, including the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, Town Planning Board, University Grants Committee, and Council of the City University of Hong Kong. Mr Tang was awarded a Gold Bauhinia Star medal by the SAR Government in 2000. His academic honours included an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Business Administration conferred to him by the Polytechnic University of Hong Kong in 2002 and an Honorary Doctor of Laws conferred by the City University of Hong Kong in 2003.


Dr Daniel Tse Chi-wai

Dr Daniel Tse Chi-wai
Dr Daniel Tse Chi-wai (Doctor of Social Sciences, honoris causa), GBS, CBE, OBE, JP

Born in Macau, Dr Daniel Tse Chi-wai pursued university studies in the United States in his early years, and received his Ph.D. in Physics at the University of Pittsburgh. In 1968, Dr Tse was invited to teach at the Hong Kong Baptist College, and three years later assumed presidency of the college until retirement in 2001. With Dr Tse at the helm, the college grew significantly in academic strengths, and was eventually granted university status. Dr Tse is currently the Chair of the University Council of the University of Macau and the Director of the Research Centre for Sustainable Development Strategies of the Macao SAR, and has chaired the China Advisory Council of World Vision International for over a decade.

Dr Tse was a Member of the Executive and Legislative Councils of Hong Kong during British colonial rule, and served as an Advisor to the People's Republic of China on Hong Kong Affairs, a Member of the Basic Law Consultative Committee, and a Member of the Preparatory Committee for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the National People's Congress prior to Hong Kong's return to China. He has also chaired many important government committees, including the Chinese Medicine Council of Hong Kong, Committee on the Promotion of Civic Education, Advisory Council on Food and Environmental Hygiene, Bilingual Law Advisory Committee and the ICAC Advisory Committee on Corruption. For his distinguished services to Hong Kong, Dr Tse was appointed a Justice of the Peace in 1977, and awarded a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1991, and a Gold Bauhinia Star medal from the SAR Government in 1998. Dr Tse served as a Member of the Ninth and Tenth National Committees of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference between 1998 and 2008.

The Seventeenth Congregation of the OUHK will be held in the morning of 12 December (Friday) at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium in Wan Chai, Hong Kong.

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