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  Open University main building named after Dato' Dr Cheng Yu-tung 22/01/2008
   
 
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The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK) today (22 January) named the high block of the Ho Man Tin main campus building after Dato' Dr Cheng Yu-tung, in recognition of his generous donation of HK$35 million last year towards the development of the University's phase II campus extension.

Thanking Dr Cheng at the dedication ceremony this afternoon, Dr the Hon Charles Lee, Chairman of the OUHK Council, said, "The generosity of Dr Cheng does not only show his care and encouragement to the OUHK and aspiring learners, it is also a clarion call for more community support to help build a knowledge-based society."

Dr Cheng fully supports the OUHK's mission of Education for all. Addressing the dedication ceremony, he said, "There are numerous cases of career success among OUHK students. Their endeavors to upgrade themselves are most commendable." Dr Cheng also encouraged young people to work hard and strive for excellence. He said, "There's neither a short cut nor a secret to success. The most practical way is to pay efforts."

A famed entrepreneur, Dato' Dr Cheng Yu-tung has made significant contributions to educational development in Hong Kong, Mainland China and overseas. He has not only encouraged lifelong learning in the community by sponsoring numerous education projects, but has also helped promote academic exchange and collaborations. In recognition of his achievements and contributions, the OUHK conferred an honorary doctorate on Dr Cheng in December 2006.

To provide space for the long-term development of various full-time and part-time courses, the new campus extension is expected to be completed this autumn. Linked to the Cheng Yu Tung building, the new building will be a 12-storey structure with a total gross floor area of 11,000 sq.m. It will encompass two lecture theatres, more than 30 classrooms as well as several PC and language laboratories. Apart from teaching facilities, it will also include student amenities and a multi-purpose hall for holding sports and large-scale extra-curricular activities. With a fivefold increase in the area dedicated for use by students, there will be a better teaching and learning environment. For example, the self-study room will be three times the size of the existing one, and the area for student activities will increase sevenfold.

In May 2005, the Legislative Council approved a $120 million interest-free loan for the OUHK's campus phase II development project. The University has already raised $138 million and met its target. The project is moving full steam ahead, with topping-out of the building completed last week and interior decoration work to start soon.


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Photo caption 1 (L-R) : Prof. John C. Y. Leong, Dato' Dr. Cheng Yu-tung, Dr. The Hon. Charles Lee, Mr. Stanley Ko

Photo caption 2: Prof. John C. Y. Leong (L) presents a souvenir to Dato' Dr. Cheng Yu-tung (R)

Photo caption 3 (L-R) : Prof. Danny Wong, Prof. John C. Y. Leong, Dato' Dr. Cheng Yu-tung, Dr. The Hon. Charles Lee, Mr. Stanley Ko, Mr. Raymond R. Wong, Prof. C. M. Leung
   
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