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    OUHK to confer Honorary University Fellowships 16/10/2009

    The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK) will award Honorary University Fellowships to Dr John Chan Chun-tung, Mrs Eva Cheng Li Kam-fun, Ms Connie Fong Yin-ting, Dr Ko Pui-shuen and Mr Martin Tam Tin-fong in recognition of their outstanding achievements in their respective fields and exceptional contributions to the University and society on Saturday, 7 November 2009.

    Dr John Chan Chun Tung




    Dr John Chan Chun-tung

    Dr John Chan Chun-tung founded Chaifa Investment Limited in 1986 to engage in garment export and distribution of designer labels and is now the Chairman of Chaifa Holdings Limited. Dr Chan’s remarkable success in business earned him the Young Industrialist Award of Hong Kong in 1996 and recognition as one of the Top Ten Talented Founders of Business in China in 2006. The Hong Kong Government has appointed him as a member of the Small and Medium Enterprises Committee, and a member of the Pan-Pearl River Delta Panel established under the Central Policy Unit.

    Dr Chan is currently a Vice President of the Federation of Hong Kong Guangdong Community Organizations and the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Association, a committee member of the Federation of Hong Kong Industries and a member of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference. Dr Chan's former role as a Director of the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals is testimony to his devotion to charity. He has also founded educational funds in Guangdong and Hunan Provinces, towards which he contributes annually to provide continuous funding for educational development on the mainland. He has received the inaugural Charity Award from Hunan Province and a similar honour from the city of Shantou in Guangdong.

    Holding a Doctorate and an Executive Master's Degree in Business Administration from the City University of Hong Kong, Dr Chan has delivered guest lectures at a number of universities in Hong Kong and the mainland. Since 2006, he has been an honorary advisor to the OUHK's Li Ka Shing Institute of Professional and Continuing Education.


    Mrs Eva Cheng Li Kam-fun
    Mrs Eva Cheng Li Kam-fun

    Mrs Eva Cheng Li Kam-fun graduated from the University of Hong Kong with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree and a Master of Business Administration degree. She joined American direct selling company Amway Corporation in 1977 and is renowned for leading Amway’s entry into China in 1992. Today she is the Executive Vice President of Amway Corporation and Chairwoman of Amway (China) Company Limited.

    Mrs Cheng received multiple honours for her financial prowess and business leadership in China. She was named one of the top ten sales and marketing leaders among other esteemed titles by media organizations. She received the China Business Leader – Talent Management Award jointly organized by China Business Network and CNBC Asia Pacific in 2007. In both 2008 and 2009, she was listed as one of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women by Forbes magazine; and she is the only woman from Greater China on the 2009 list.

    Actively contributing to community welfare, Mrs Cheng advocates greater protection for women and children and is an ardent supporter of education and cultural development. Mrs Cheng is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the All China Women’s Federation, the Guangdong Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and the Standing and Executive Committees of the Federation of Industry and Commerce, Guangdong Province (also known as the Guangdong Provincial General Chamber of Commerce). She is also an Honorary President of the Hong Kong Federation of Women and a member of the Advisory Committee of the Cantonese Opera Development Fund, and has been a Council member of the OUHK since 2003.


    Ms Connie Fong Yin-king
    Ms Connie Fong Yin-king

    Ms Connie Fong Yin-king has been a civil servant throughout her career and currently serves the Housing Department of the Hong Kong SAR Government as Computer Operation Manager. From a beginning as a clerical grade officer in the Government, Ms Fong climbed to supervisory roles through her own hard work, contributing to the accomplishment of pioneering projects of significance, such as overseeing the computer-related site preparation work for Hong Kong’s Electronic Data Interchange system and Smart ID Card system.

    Ms Fong missed the opportunity to pursue higher education when she was young but has never given up her desire for continuous learning. In 1989 when the Open Learning Institute (OLI, predecessor of the OUHK) was established, she was among the first to queue up for a copy of the OLI’s prospectus. However, the tuition fees were beyond what she could afford then, so after a semester or two, she put her dream aside for one more time. With the passage of time, Ms Fong turned her regret into a personal commitment to support open access to university education in Hong Kong.

    Between 2007 and 2008, Ms Fong has made several sizable donations to the OUHK with her family savings, much of which came from her hard-earned salary incomes. With her donation towards the University's Campus Phase II project, it has established a Student Self-study Centre and named it after her. She has also supported the University’s Government Matching Grant fundraising scheme and set up scholarships for its translation students.


    Dr Ko Pui-shuen
    Dr Ko Pui-shuen

    Dr Ko Pui-shuen, Chairman of Kingrich Asia Holdings Limited, has demonstrated entrepreneurship throughout her career, which includes a silk export business in Hong Kong in her early years, followed by garment manufacturing in Shantou, Guangdong Province, bulk export of garments from all over China, and the founding of the Shenyang Wuai Market Garments Town in Shenyang, the capital of Liaoning Province. The Wuai project is renowned as a successful model of investment in northeast China by Hong Kong businesses after the reform and opening up of China. In 2007, the World Chinese Business Investment Foundation presented Dr Ko with the World Outstanding Chinese Award while the Sinte Gleska University in California awarded her an honorary doctorate.

    Dr Ko replicates her business success in the socio-political arena. She is a member of the Heilongjiang Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, an Honorary President of the Federation of Hong Kong Chiu Chow Community Organizations, a Director of the Hong Kong Chiu Chow Chamber of Commerce, and an Honorary President of the Federation of Hong Kong Guangdong Community Organizations. Dr Ko is also a President of the Kowloon Region School Heads Association, an Honorary President of the Kowloon Women's Organizations Federation, a member of the Kwai Tsing District Fight Crime Committee, a President of the Jao Tsung-I Petite Ecole Fan Club, and an Executive Director of the Heung Hoi Ching Kok Lin Association.

    Dr Ko has contributed to a variety of charitable causes in Hong Kong and the mainland including donations to hospitals, nursing homes and educational institutions, as well as poverty alleviation and relief programmes, construction of temples and projects aimed at promoting Chinese culture. The Campus Phase II development of the OUHK has also benefited from her donation.


    Mr Martin Tam Tin-fong
    Mr Martin Tam Tin-fong

    Having graduated from the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Hong Kong in 1970, Mr Martin Tam Tin-fong became a member of the Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA) in 1973 and its fellow in 2001. Both a Registered Architect in Hong Kong and a Class 1 Registered Architect in mainland China, Mr Tam has played crucial roles in the planning and design of a broad range of projects, many of which have landed prestigious awards including the Beijing Top 10 Architecture Prize, China Construction Luban Prize and annual awards presented by the HKIA.

    Mr Tam is currently an Executive Director of Sun Hung Kai Properties (China) Limited, a council member of both the HKIA and the Professional Green Building Council, a consultant for the Buildings Department of the Hong Kong SAR Government, and an advisor to the Business Environmental Council. He also serves on the General Committee of the Federation of Hong Kong Industries.

    Mr Tam's generous contribution of his professional expertise was instrumental to the successful completion of the OUHK's campus expansion project. As a member of the Campus Phase Two – Stage One Project Steering Committee, Mr Tam shared the University's vision of building a sophisticated learning environment for both young and adult learners and has provided invaluable advice and insight that enabled it to refine the campus’s layout plans, improve its environmental performance and resolve technical issues.


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