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  OUHK to honour four outstanding personages 22/10/2006

The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK) will confer honorary degrees on Prof. Tam Sheung-wai, Dato' Dr Cheng Yu-tung, Dr Lee Shau-kee and Ms Yip Wing-sie, JP in recognition of their achievements and contributions at its 15th Congregation in December.

OUHK to honour four outstanding personages Prof. Tam Sheung-wai (Doctor of Science, honoris causa)
Open University announces new appointments Prof. Tam Sheung-wai  is the President Emeritus of the OUHK, Chairman of the Ping Wo Fund Advisory Committee, Chairman of the CWM/Nethersole Fund and member of the Shaw Prize Council.

Prof. Tam was awarded the King Edward VII Scholarship in 1955 to study science at the University of Hong Kong(HKU), where he earned his Bachelor of Science (Honours) and Master of Science degrees. After completing his doctorate degree at the University of Nottingham in 1964, he joined the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) as a lecturer in organic chemistry. His main research interests have included ionic structures and organometallic chemistry. Many international journals have published his research and review articles, and he is a frequent speaker at international academic conferences.

Prof. Tam has also been actively involved in university administration and public affairs. In addition to various senior management positions at the CUHK, he has represented Hong Kong on the Administrative Board of the Association of Southeast Asian Institutions of Higher Learning, and was formerly President of the Association of Christian Universities and Colleges in Asia, member of the Hong Kong Council for Academic Accreditation, and Chairman of the Supplementary Medical Professions Council. During his term of service as President of the OUHK from 1995 to 2003, the university saw major progress in its goal of becoming a regional leader in distance and adult learning. He has both enhanced the quality and status of the university's curriculum and made its distance learning programmes available in various provinces in Mainland China. For his distinguished contributions to higher education, he has been presented with several awards and honours from different educational institutions in recent years, and in 2002 the United Kingdom Open University awarded him the honorary degree of Doctor of the University.
OUHK to honour four outstanding personages Dato' Dr Cheng Yu-tung (Doctor of Business Administration, honoris causa)
Open University announces new appointments Dato' Dr Cheng Yu-tung is Chairman of New World Development Company Ltd, NWD (Hotels Investments) Ltd and Chow Tai Fook Enterprises Ltd. He is an independent non-executive director of Hang Seng Bank Ltd, and a non-executive director of Shun Tak Holdings Ltd. 

A famed entrepreneur, Dr Cheng is highly respected in the business sector – he is Vice President of the Real Estate Developers Association of Hong Kong, Honorary Life President of the Hong Kong Association for the Advancement of Science and Technology, and Honorary President of the Macao Chamber of Commerce.

In addition to being a successful businessman, Dr Cheng is also a philanthropist who has made significant contributions to educational development in Hong Kong, Mainland China and overseas. In 1977, he supported the introduction of a three-year MBA programme at the CUHK, and is still the chairman of the programme's advisory board. He and Dr Lee Shau-kee jointly donated US$6 million to support the CUHK-Yale South China Studies Programme. In 1998, he collaborated with the HKU in establishing the Dr Cheng Yu Tung Fellowships that subsidise medical training for researchers and master programme students from Mainland China at HKU. He also established a foundation with the medical schools of HKU and Tsinghua University in 2002 to promote academic exchanges and collaborations between the two institutions. His subsidiary New World Development Company Ltd has recently partnered with the CUHK and its School of Hotel and Tourism Management in the development of a teaching hotel to nurture future leaders in hotel and tourism management.

OUHK to honour four outstanding personages Dr Lee Shau-kee (Doctor of Business Administration, honoris causa)
Open University announces new appointments Dr Lee Shau-kee is an eminent business leader of Hong Kong – he is the founder, Chairman and Managing Director of Henderson Land Development Company Ltd and Henderson Investment Ltd, Chairman of The Hong Kong and China Gas Company Ltd and Miramar Hotel and Investment Company Ltd, Vice Chairman of Sun Hung Kai Properties Ltd and a director of a number of companies.

Born in Guangdong, Dr. Lee settled in Hong Kong in his youth and has been actively engaged in property development and other businesses for about half a century, making substantial contribution to the territory's economic development. In addition to his entrepreneurial eminence, he is well known for his philanthropic efforts, especially with respect to cultural and educational development. He has been a member of the advisory boards for the CUHK's MBA programme, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and he has made generous contributions to universities and educational institutions in both Hong Kong and other regions for many years. His commitment to education is also evidenced by the Pei Hua Education Foundation, which he established with several friends in 1982 to support educational and training initiatives in Mainland China; as well as the scholarships he established at Wadham College, Oxford University, which enable outstanding students from Hong Kong to study there.
OUHK to honour four outstanding personages Ms Yip Wing-sie, JP (Doctor of Letters, honoris causa)
Open University announces new appointments Ms Yip Wing-sie, JP is a highly respected and influential figure in Asia's orchestral music scene. She has been the Music Director of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta since 2002 and is currently also the Principal Guest Conductor of the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra. Positions she has previously held include the Ong Teng Cheong Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore (2005–2006), Principal Conductor and later Music Director of the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra (1997–2003) and Resident Conductor of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (1986–2000).

Winner of the First Prize as well as the "LYRE d'OR"(Golden Harp Award) in the 35th Concours International des Jeunes Chefs d’Orchestre de Besançon (Besançon International Young Conductors Competition) in France and a prize winner in the 8th Tokyo International Conducting Competition, Ms Yip is in great demand as a guest conductor in Asia. She has collaborated with such renowned artists as Augustin Dumay, Fou Ts'ong, Shlomo Mintz, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Itzhak Perlman and Pinchas Zukerman, and has conducted at prestigious venues and festivals such as the Vienna Musikverein (Grossersaal), National Philharmonic Hall in Warsaw, Beijing Music Festival, La Folle Journée in Tokyo, the summer concert Les Flâneries Musicales d'Eté de Reims in France and the Asian Month Festival in Fukuoka, Japan. In 1990 Ms Yip was named one of Hong Kong's Ten Outstanding Young Persons.

The Honorary Degree Presentation of the 15th Congregation of the OUHK will be held at 2:30 p.m. on 13 December (Wednesday) at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.

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