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  OUHK to honour five outstanding personages 13/11/2007
   
 

The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK) will confer honorary doctorates upon Mr Li Rui, Prof. Qian Yi, Prof. Wang Gungwu, Mr Wong Kar-wai and Ms Serena Yang Hsueh-chi in recognition of their achievements and contributions at its Sixteenth Congregation on 12 December 2007.
 

Mr Li RuiMr Li Rui


Mr Li Rui (Doctor of Letters, honoris causa)

Mr Li Rui is a distinguished writer of Chinese fiction. Born in Beijing, China in 1950 and a native of Zigong in Sichuan province, Mr Li had worked as a peasant and steel mill worker before he went back to study and graduated from the Department of Chinese (Distance Learning Division) of Liaoning University in 1984. Since his fiction debut in 1974, Mr Li has been an active force on China's literary scene, publishing works of high quality. His best-known works include the novella series Houtu (Thick Soil), novels Jiuzhi (Old Site), Wufeng Zhi Shu (Trees without Wind) and Wanli Wuyun (Cloudless Sky), and the prose series Jujue Hechang (Refuse to Sing Along) and Wanglu Shidai De Fangyan (Dialects in the Age of Internet). Mr Li's works are admired for their unique style and ability to intrigue. He has won literary awards and recognitions across the Straits, including the 8th National Award for the Best Short Stories and the 12th China Times Literary Prize in Taiwan. One of his works is among Yazhou Zhoukan (Asia Weekly)'s Top 100 Chinese Fictions in the 20th Century.

An ardent promoter of literature appreciation and literary writing, Mr Li was Editor and Deputy Chief Editor of Shanxi Wenxue, a monthly literary journal, and Vice-Chairman of the China Writers Association in Shanxi province. His works have been translated into English, French, Japanese, German, Swedish, Dutch, Vietnamese and other languages. He won the French award L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of Arts and Literature) in 2004.

   
Prof. Qian YiProf. Qian Yi


Prof. Qian Yi (Doctor of Science, honoris causa)

Prof. Qian Yi, daughter of the eminent Chinese scholar Chien Mu, is a famous environmental scientist and educator. Since receiving her bachelor's degree from Tongji University in Shanghai and master's degree from Tsinghua University in Beijing, Prof. Qian has dedicated her career to education and research on water pollution control. She is currently a professor at Tsinghua University's Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, and holds a number of public posts including Vice-Chairperson of the Environmental and Resource Protection Committee of the National People's Congress of China.

Prof. Qian was elected as one of the first group of members of the Chinese Academy of Engineering in 1994, and received the National Science and Technology Progress Award with a number of key national projects. She was elected as a member of the executive board of the International Council for Sciences from 1996 to 2002, and as Vice-Chairperson of the World Federation of Engineering Organizations from 1997 to 2005. Prof. Qian was invited by the Hong Kong Government to serve on the first and second International Review Panels for the Review of the Strategic Sewage Disposal Scheme in 1996 and 2000. She is also an Honorary Professor of the University of Hong Kong's Department of Civil Engineering.

   
Prof. Wang GungwuProf. Wang Gungwu


Prof. Wang Gungwu (Doctor of Letters, honoris causa)

Prof. Wang Gungwu, a well-known historian, is the pioneer and leading authority on the study of Southeast Asian Chinese societies. Born in Surabaya, Indonesia and raised in Ipoh, Malaysia, Prof. Wang received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Malaya prior to reading for a Doctorate of Philosophy at the University of London' School of Oriental and African Studies and receiving the degree in 1957. He then taught at the University of Malaya, and was Professor of Far Eastern History and Director of the Research School of Pacific Studies at the Australian National University. During his Vice-Chancellorship at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) between 1986 and 1995, Prof. Wang also contributed to public service by chairing the Hong Kong Council for the Performing Arts and the Advisory Council on the Environment, and joining the Executive Council. After retiring from HKU, Prof. Wang took the helm of the East Asian Institute of the National University of Singapore (NUS) until June this year. He now holds the distinguished position of NUS University Professor.

As a revered scholar, Prof. Wang has been honoured worldwide in major cities like Beijing, Taipei, Singapore, Bangkok, Melbourne and New York. He was elected Member of the Academia Sinica of Taiwan, and appointed an Honorary Member of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and an Honorary Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was also a recipient of the prestigious International Fukuoka Asian Cultural Prize. His works have been published in English, Chinese and Malay, and translated into Japanese, German, French, Spanish and Korean.

   
Mr Wong Kar-waiMr Wong Kar-wai


Mr Wong Kar-wai (Doctor of Social Sciences, honoris causa)

Born in Shanghai and raised in Hong Kong, Mr Wong Kar-wai is an acclaimed director, writer and producer. Internationally celebrated for his unique cinematic style, he is regarded as one of today's most renowned filmmakers.

In 1988, Mr Wong wrote and directed his first feature, As Tears Go By, which earned him immediate critical acclaim. Two years later, with Days of Being Wild, he won the Best Film and Best Director Awards at the Hong Kong Film Awards. His international breakthrough came in 1994 with the release of Chungking Express, which received worldwide distribution and earned him the Best Film and Best Director Awards at the Hong Kong Film Awards. In 1997, Mr Wong reached a career milestone with Happy Together, when he was honoured with the coveted Best Director Award at the Cannes Film Festival. More recently, Mr Wang garnered a number of prestigious accolades with In the Mood for Love and 2046.

At the 59th Cannes Film Festival in 2006, Mr Wong became the first Chinese in the Festival's history to chair the jury. In the same year, he was made a Chevalier of the Legion d'honneur (Knight of the Legion of Honour) by the French Government in recognition of his contributions to cinema. Mr Wong's latest work, My Blueberry Nights, marks his English language feature film debut. Starring Norah Jones, Jude Law, Natalie Portman and Rachel Weisz, the film received the honour of being the Opening Night Film at this year's Cannes Film Festival.

   

Ms Serena YangMs Serena Yang

 

 


Ms Serena Yang Hsueh-chi (Doctor of Social Sciences, honoris causa)

Ms Serena Yang Hsueh-chi was born to a Chinese family in Japan. She graduated from Kwansei Gakuin University in 1955 and later moved to Hong Kong. Ms Yang studied psychology at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) as a visiting student in 1994, and is now an honorary senior research associate at HKU's Department of Psychology. With an intense interest in the historical development of psychoanalysis in Japan, Ms Yang has authored and translated many research papers on the subject, and has presented her work internationally.

Ms Yang is also a widely-lauded philanthropist. She has donated generously in support of a diversity of scholarships, professorships and different educational and research projects. A number of educational facilities in Hong Kong, including a university library, have been named after her. She is also a key donor to the OUHK's campus extension project. Ms Yang is a Founding Member of Opera Hong Kong, an Honorary Governor of Hong Kong Sinfonietta and a Member of the Council of Caritas – Hong Kong. She received an Honorary Fellowship from HKU in 2005.

The Sixteenth Congregation of the OUHK will be held in the afternoon on 12 December (Wednesday) at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.
 

   
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