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  OU honours four distinguished persons 22/10/2004

The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK) will confer honorary doctorates on four distinguished individuals at its 13th Congregation to be held on 15 December at the Hong Kong Coliseum. They are Professor Lu Yongxiang from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, local business leader Dr. Stanley Ho, Chief Executive of Caritas Hong Kong Reverend Michael Yeung and internationally acclaimed educational technology expert Dr. Tony Bates.

Professor Lu Yongxiang will receive the degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa . Born in Ningbo of Zhejiang Province, Professor Lu graduated from Zhejiang University in 1964. After obtaining his PhD in engineering from Technical University of Aachen in Germany, he returned to his alma mater where he progressed from lecturer, professor, head of a research laboratory, director of an institute to vice-president and ultimately president of the university. In 1990, Professor Lu was elected Fellow of the Third World Academy of Sciences and in the following year, Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. In 1994 he became Member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering. He was also Vice President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences until 1997 when he was named President of the Academy. Currently he is Chairman of the Presidium of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Vice-Chairman of the Academic Degrees Committee of the State Council, and President of the Chinese Mechanical Engineering Society. Since March 2003, Professor Lu has served as Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee at the National People's Congress.

A leading figure in fluid power transmission and control, Professor Lu has made distinctive contributions to the development of mechanical and control engineering. He owns about 20 patents issued by European countries, the United States and China and has published over 250 important papers on engineering and engineering education and authored two books. His research findings have been quoted by many textbooks and technical publications in China, Germany, Japan and Sweden.

Professor Lu's profound contributions to the promotion of science and education have earned him many awards and honours among which are Rudolf-Diesel Medal in Gold, Alexander von Humboldt Medal, King Commander's Cross (Badge and Star) from the Federal President of Germany, and Werner Heisenberg Medal. He has also been conferred honorary doctorates by the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, the City University of Hong Kong, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the University of Melbourne. Early this year, he was awarded the Gold Medal for Science and Culture by the President of Italy. In Hong Kong, Professor Lu has given strong support to the local development of education and science. He had been a member of the University Grants Committee and has served as a Special Adviser to the Innovation and Technology Commission since 1999.

Dr. Stanley Ho Hung-sun will receive the Doctor of Business Administration, honoris causa. Founder and Group Executive Chairman of Shun Tak Holdings Limited, Dr. Ho is a leading businessman in Hong Kong and Macau. His business interests span the world covering entertainment and tourism, hotel, shipping, transportation and property development.

Dr. Ho is famous not only for his legendary entrepreneurial acumen and significant contribution to the economies of Hong Kong and Macau but also for his philanthropy. He holds firm to his philosophy of "reverting one's gain back to society" and has given remarkable support to numerous education, charity, social welfare and cultural bodies. He has been a vice patron of the Community Chest of Hong Kong, a trustee of the Better Hong Kong Foundation, honorary lifetime chairman of the University of Hong Kong Foundation for Educational Development and Research, a member of the Court of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and a patron of the Society of the Academy for Performing Arts, to name a few.

Dr. Ho is also committed to public service. He is a member of the Consultative Committee for the Basic Law of the Hong Kong SAR, and the Vice-President of both the Macau SAR Preparatory Committee and the Macau SAR Basic Law Drafting Committee. Currently he is a Standing Committee member of the Tenth National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.

For his distinguished achievements and contributions, Dr. Ho has been conferred numerous awards and honours including honorary doctorates by the University of Hong Kong, the University of Macau and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, honorary fellowship by the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, the Gold Lotus medal by the Macao SAR Government and the Gold Bauhinia Star by the Hong Kong SAR Government. With his international profile, Dr. Ho has been decorated by many foreign governments including Portugal, the U.K., France, Spain, Japan, Malaysia, as well as the Papal Insignia.

Reverend Ming-cheung Michael Yeung will receive the Doctor of Social Sciences, honoris causa . Reverend Yeung was ordained Catholic priest in 1978 and served in local districts in early years. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy and Theology from the Pontifical Urban University in Rome, and a Master's degree in Communications from the Syracuse University in the United States. In 1982, Reverend Yeung helped establish the Social Communications Office for the Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong and was appointed Director of the Office. He later went to Harvard University to study for a Master's degree in Education. Upon returning to Hong Kong in 1990, he was appointed Director of Education Services of Caritas - Hong Kong, a post held until 2003 when he became Chief Executive.

Under Reverend Yeung's advocacy and leadership, the education services of Caritas - Hong Kong has become one of the most established education bodies in Hong Kong serving a wide cross-section of learning communities. It provides pre-school and special education, vocational training, secondary education, adult and continuing higher education. In recent years, Caritas has also dedicated itself to promoting lifelong learning and offering alternate study and training pathways such as the Associate Degree Programmes, the Project Yi Jin, the Career-oriented Curriculum, the Youth Pre-employment Training Programme, the Employees Retraining Scheme, the Skills-upgrading Scheme and the Continuing Education Fund programmes, etc. Through widening access to education, Caritas has fostered hope among thousands of people and enabled them to achieve their potential in full.

Reverend Yeung supervises a number of secondary schools and education bodies and holds chairmanship in various hospitals of Caritas - Hong Kong. He is also a part-time member of the Central Policy Unit. In 2003, Reverend Yeung was appointed Member of Pontifical Council Cor Unum, assisting the Pope in the development of social services. In addition to his service, he also devotes his time to teaching and writing.

Dr. Tony Bates will receive the Doctor of Social Sciences, honoris causa . A leading figure with over 30 years of expertise in open and distance education, Dr. Bates pioneered research into the use of media and technology in distance education.

Dr. Bates has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Sheffield, U.K., and a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the University of London. He was a founding member of staff and Professor of Educational Media Research at the British Open University, where he worked for 20 years before joining the Open Learning Agency of British Columbia as Executive Director, Research, Strategic Planning, and Information Technology. In 1995, Dr. Bates became Director of Distance Education and Technology, Continuing Studies at the University of British Columbia and oversaw the development and delivery of over 100 distance education courses. He was also project leader of several government-funded research studies on learning technologies and has been providing consultancy and training in the planning and management of e-learning and distance education for the World Bank, UNESCO, universities and other organizations in over 30 countries.

Dr. Bates and his research groups have published over 350 papers in the area of distance education and the use of technology for teaching. One of his eight books "Technology, Open Learning and Distance Education" has won him an award for the best book on distance education. His contributions to the advancement of educational technology received worldwide recognition. He has been awarded the degree of Doctor Honoris Causa by the Open University of Portugal and Athabasca University, and Doctor of Letters, Honoris Causa from Laurentian University, Canada.

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