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    OUHK to confer Honorary University Fellowships 12/09/2008

    The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK) will award Honorary University Fellowships to Mr Bunny Chan Chung-bun, The Honourable Mrs Sophie Leung Lau Yau-fun, Dr Walton Li Wai-tat, Dr David Sin Wai-kin and Dr Carrie Willis in recognition of their outstanding achievements in their respective fields and exceptional contributions to the University and society on Wednesday, 5 November 2008.

    Mr. Bunny Chan




    Mr Bunny Chan Chung-bun, BBS, JP

    Mr Bunny Chan Chung-bun is the Chairman of Prospectful Holdings Ltd, and has been an Independent Non-executive Director of Li Ning Company since 2004. As well as being a business leader with nearly 30 years of experience in the garment industry, Mr Chan has an active career in community service, particularly with respect to public administration, district development and youth affairs. He was awarded the Bronze Bauhinia Star medal by the HKSAR Government in 2004.

    Mr Chan formerly chaired the board of directors of Pok Oi Hospital, and is currently the Chairman of the Kwun Tong District Council. He has been appointed a member of the Financial Reporting Council of the HKSAR since 2007, to promote confidence in the territory's regulatory framework for the accounting profession. Mr Chan also serves as a non-official member of the Task Group on Constitutional Development under the Commission on Strategic Development, and is a member of the Social Welfare Advisory Committee, the Commission on Youth, and the Committee on Performing Arts. In his capacity as the Chairman of the Hong Kong Association of Youth Development, Mr Chan plays a pivotal role in bringing the community together in support of the all-round development of youths.

    Since joining the OUHK Council in 2006, Mr Chan has offered invaluable advice towards the University's development. He has set up the OUHK Chan Tak Education Fund in memory of his beloved late father, offering financial assistance to serving police officers who wish to enrol in the University’s Law Enforcement and Security Management programmes.


    Mrs. Sophie Leung
    The Honourable Mrs Sophie Leung Lau Yau-fun, GBS, JP

    The Honourable Mrs Sophie Leung Lau Yau-fun is a member of the fourth term of the HKSAR's Legislative Council, elected through the textiles and garment functional constituency. She is also a Director of Bay Apparel Limited and Golden Emblem Investment Company Limited. The HKSAR Government awarded Mrs Leung the Gold Bauhinia Star medal in 2007 in recognition of her distinguished public and community services, particularly her valuable and balanced advice on the development of the textiles and clothing industry, as well as her leadership in the areas of women’s affairs and medical care.

    Mrs Leung is currently the Honorary President and Founding Member of the Hong Kong Federation of Women, Permanent Advisor to Yan Chai Hospital, a member of the Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital's Clinical Governance Committee, and an advisor to the Hong Kong Health Care Association on Aging. Mrs Leung also serves on the HKSAR's Financial Reporting Council, and offers assistance to numerous voluntary organizations in one way or another. She is a founding senior member of the University of Hong Kong’s Foundation for Educational Development and Research, as well as the Founder and Chairman of the Young Entrepreneurs Development Council.

    In her former role as the chairperson of the Women's Commission, Mrs Leung was instrumental in giving birth to the 'Capacity Building Mileage Programme', which is a collaboration between the Commission, the OUHK and Commercial Radio to offer innovative and flexible learning programmes with a women's focus.


    Dr. Walton Li
    Dr Walton Li Wai-tat

    Dr Walton Li Wai-tat has been the Chairman of the Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital (HKSH)’s Board of Directors and the Hospital’s Medical Superintendent since 2005. He was elected Chairman of the Li Shu Fan Medical Foundation in the same year.

    Dr Li graduated from the Medical School of the University of California, Los Angeles in 1974 with a Degree in Medicine, after which he further specialized in ophthalmology. He completed his Fellowship in Corneal & External Ocular Disease at the Jules Stein Eye Institute and became a Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology. After his return to Hong Kong in 1980, Dr Li was appointed Deputy Medical Superintendent of the HKSH, as well as Head of the Hospital's Department of Ophthalmology which he founded. Dr Li became a Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine (Ophthalmology) in 1993, and was elected a Council Member of the College of Ophthalmologists of Hong Kong two years later and the College's Vice President (General Affairs) in 2005. In 1997, Dr Li was appointed an Honorary Associate Professor by the University of Hong Kong (HKU)'s Faculty of Medicine. In 2007, Dr Li was appointed Honorary Professor in the Eye Institute of HKU, and at the invitation of the Vice-Chancellor became an Honorary University Fellow of HKU. In the same year, Dr Li was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.

    Under Dr Li's leadership, the HKSH teamed up with the OUHK in 2005 in launching the full-time 'Bachelor of Nursing with Honours in General Health Care' programme for those who have completed matriculation studies or have obtained an associate degree. The joint effort has helped ease the shortage of registered nurses and foster the upgrading of nursing training to degree-based education.


    Dr. David Sin
    Dr David Sin Wai-kin

    Dr David Sin Wai-kin is the Chairman of Myer Jewelry Manufacturer Limited, Honorary Chairman of Hip Hing Construction Company Limited, Vice Chairman and Independent Non-executive Director of Miramar Hotel and Investment Company Limited, as well as an Independent Non-executive Director of Hang Seng Bank. Dr Sin has also been serving as an Executive Director of New World Development Company Limited ever since its formation in 1970.

    Designated as an 'Honorary Citizen' of Foshan, Guangdong, Dr Sin is an ardent supporter of educational development both in mainland China and Hong Kong. As well as being an Honorary Advisor to the Zhongshan University, Dr Sin financially assisted the University's research effort and is the Chairman of the Foundation of Zhongshan University Advanced Research Centre. In 2007, the Zhongshan University established a scholarship in his name to support underprivileged students who have achieved outstanding results in their studies. Throughout the years from 1987 to 2001, Dr Sin was a Council Member of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where one of the lecture theatres was named after him.

    Also a supporter of open learning, Dr Sin has pledged generous donations to the OUHK's 'Admission Scholarship for Mainland Students'.


    Dr. Carrie Willis
    Dr Carrie Willis, MBE, JP

    Dr Carrie Willis, a well-respected public administrator with a keen interest in education and youth services, took up her present role as Executive Director of the Vocational Training Council (VTC) in 2004. She graduated from the University of Hong Kong in the early 1970s with a First Class Honours Bachelor of Science Degree. She also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resources Management and Training, and an Honorary Doctorate of Education from the Leeds Metropolitan University.

    Dr Willis joined the Hong Kong civil service after her graduation from university, and worked in various government bureaux and departments, including the Civil Service Branch, Registration and Electoral Office, Student Financial Assistance Agency and Security Bureau, devotedly serving the community with her excellent performance. Dr Willis has been involved in numerous education and manpower-related and other public services. She currently serves on the Hong Kong Productivity Council, Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority, Employees Retraining Board, Board of Governors of the Institute of Technical Education in Singapore, as well as other boards and committees. She is the honorary advisor to the Hong Kong Designers Association, Institute of Print-media Professionals, Hong Kong Chamber of Small & Medium Business Ltd and other professional bodies. She was appointed an MBE in 1996 and a Justice of the Peace in 2007.

    Under Dr Willis' leadership, the VTC has proactively promoted the development of vocational education and training in Hong Kong. In recent years, VTC has further co-developed a number of top-up degree programmes with the OUHK to support the manpower development for the knowledge-based economy of Hong Kong.


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