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      OUHK to confer four outstanding personages 20/11/2015
       
     

    The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK) will confer honorary doctorates to four distinguished leaders at its 24th Congregation to be held on 15 December 2015 in recognition of their outstanding achievements and exceptional contributions to the society.

    The recipients are: Prof. Ruth Emilie Scott Hayhoe, Prof. Justin Yifu Lin, Mr Thomas Brian Stevenson and The Honourable Jasper Tsang Yok-sing. The 24th Congregation and the conferment of Honorary Degrees will be held at the Arena of Asia World Expo in Lantau Island.

    Brief profiles of the four recipients are as follows:

    Dr. Simon Ho

     

     

     

    Prof. Ruth Emilie Scott Hayhoe, SBS (Doctor of Letters, honoris causa)

    Prof. Ruth Emilie Scott Hayhoe is former Director of the Hong Kong Institute of Education (HKIEd) and now President Emeritus of the Institute.

    A specialist in comparative education and a sinologist, Prof. Hayhoe has exemplary contributions to the advancement of teacher education in Hong Kong. During her tenure as Director at HKIEd between 1997 and 2002, she laid down the cornerstone for the Institute’s flourishing development. She was appointed by the HKSAR Government as a member of the Education Commission from 1998 to 2001, and she served as a member of the Research Grants Council from 2002 to 2003.

    A veteran educator with global vision, Prof. Hayhoe has had a lifelong career in education across continents. She started as a teacher at Heep Yunn School in Hong Kong in 1967, and served as a foreign specialist teaching western literature and journalistic writing in Fudan University from 1980 to 1982. Since then, she took up many key roles in China, including Head of Cultural & Academic Affairs at the Canadian Embassy in Beijing from 1989 to1991 and Advisory Professor for ten major universities in China. On the other side of the globe, Prof. Hayhoe was Associate Dean of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) of the University of Toronto before she joined HKIEd.

    Her passion for education did not wither away after her retirement from HKIEd in 2002, and she continued as a half-time professor at OISE up till now. She has published more than one hundred papers, articles and books covering areas related to culture, policies and modernization of China, as well as education and universities.

    Prof. Hayhoe has earned high respect in the field of education and received numerous awards and honours. In 1998, she was made an Honorary Fellow by the Institute of Education, University of London. In 2002, she received three major awards, namely, Commandeur dans l’ordre des Palmes académiques (Order of Academic Palms) by the Government of France, Silver Bauhinia Star by the HKSAR Government and Honorary Doctorate of Education by HKIEd. In 2009, Prof. Hayhoe received the Lifetime Contribution Award by the Higher Education Special Interest Group of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) and was named an Honorary Fellow of CIES in 2011. In October 2015, Ming Yuan Education Foundation presented the Outstanding Contribution to Chinese Education Research Award to Prof. Hayhoe. This was the first time the award was given to scholar from abroad.

     


    Prof. Justin Yifu Lin (Doctor of Social Sciences, honoris causa)

    Prof. Justin Yifu Lin is former Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of the World Bank, and is now Professor and Honorary Dean of the National School of Development and Director of Research Center for New Structural Economics at Peking University.

    An internationally acclaimed economist, Prof. Lin has made eminent contributions to addressing some of the most urgent issues of the world and putting them to the international agenda. During his tenure as Chief Economist at the World Bank, he played a pivotal role in shaping the economic research direction of the institution, pushed for a rethink of development economics, brought the ideas of bottleneck-releasing infrastructure investment as a strategy for coping with the global financial crisis, and promoted light manufacturing for job creation and structural transformation in Africa.

    He has been serving unsparingly for the well beings of mankind on various national and international committees, leading groups and councils. Currently He is Vice Chairman of the Committee for Economic Affairs of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), Counsellor of the State Council and Vice Chairman of the All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce. He also serves as a member of the Eminent Persons Group of the World Bank and other important positions in domestic and international organizations.

    A respected scholar, Prof. Lin was a Professor at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) from 1997 to 2005. Prior to joining the World Bank in 2008, he was a Professor and the Founding Director of the China Centre for Economic Research at Peking University for fifteen years. After his term at the World Bank, he resumed teaching at Peking University in 2012. Professor Lin has authored more than thirty books, and published more than one hundred articles in refereed international journals and collected volumes on history, development and transition.

    With outstanding contributions in various aspects, Prof. Lin has received numerous accolades, including the Sun Yefang Prize in Economics in 1993 and 2001, which is the highest honour for economists in China. In recognition of his achievements, various universities around the world have conferred honorary doctoral degrees to him, including Université d'Auvergne, Fordham University, University of Nottingham, the City University of Hong Kong, London School of Economics and Politics, University of British Columbia, HKUST and Leuven. He is a corresponding Fellow of the British Academy and a fellow of Academy of Sciences for Developing World (formerly Third World Academy of Sciences).

     



    Mr Thomas Brian Stevenson, SBS, JP (Doctor of Business Administration, honoris causa)

    Mr T Brian Stevenson is the immediate past Chairman of The Hong Kong Jockey Club. He is now a member of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority's Exchange Fund Advisory Committee, a non-executive director of the Hong Kong Mortgage Corporation and an advisor for Asia Pacific to British Telecom. Born and educated in Scotland, Mr Stevenson moved to Hong Kong in 1970 and has settled here since then.

    Despite his university training in law, Mr Stevenson developed interests in accounting and had a prominent career as a Chartered Accountant. He was a Partner of Ernst and Young Hong Kong and later became the Managing Partner and Chairman of the firm's Hong Kong and China practice areas from 1981 until his retirement in December 1999. Highly respected in the field, Mr Stevenson served on the Council of the Hong Kong Society of Accountants (now the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants) from 1991 to 1997 and was its President in 1996. He is also a member of the Scottish Institute of Chartered Accountants.

    A keen sportsman at heart, Mr Stevenson's contributions to the field are equally impressive. Apart from being an active tennis and golf player, he is also passionate in rugby and horse racing. He has been the President of the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union since 2001 and is an Honorary Steward of The Hong Kong Jockey Club. Also, Mr Stevenson has been a Vice President of the Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong since 2012.

    Mr Stevenson is unstinting in sharing his experience and expertise in promoting corporate governance. Among numerous appointments in both private and public sectors, he has served as Director of the Ocean Park, the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce, the Securities and Future Commission, the MTR Corporation and The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation. He was a member of the Public Service Commission, the Vocational Training Council and Chairman of the Hong Kong Coalition of Service Industries.

    Mr Stevenson was awarded the Silver Bauhinia Star by the HKSAR Government in 1998 and was appointed Justice of the Peace (JP) in 2007. In 2011, he received the IOC Trophy ─ Sport and Social Responsibility from the International Olympic Committee in recognition of his contributions to sport and social responsibility.
     


     

    The Honourable Jasper Tsang Yok-sing, GBM, GBS, JP (Doctor of Social Sciences, honoris causa)

    Mr Jasper Tsang Yok-sing is currently the President of the Legislative Council (LegCo) of the HKSAR. He has gained the respect of political parties of all shades and the public at large as a well-balanced political figure.

    Being the LegCo President since 2008, Mr Tsang has been playing a pivotal role in exercising his constitutional power to preside over meetings in an orderly, efficient and fair manner. He has demonstrated exemplary efforts in leading the LegCo, ensuring that its roles and responsibilities are fulfilled in accordance with the Basic Law. He also made significant contributions to public affairs during his tenure as an Executive Council Member from 2002 to 2008.

    Mr Tsang has distinguished contributions in Hong Kong's constitutional development. He was appointed a member of the Guangdong Provincial Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in 1976, and became a member of the Conference’s National Committee in 1993. He took an active part in the consultative activities when the Hong Kong Basic Law was drafted in the late 1980s and was subsequently appointed to the committee responsible for the preparatory work for the establishment of HKSAR.

    Mr Tsang has played a prominent role in Hong Kong’s political development. He founded the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong (DAB) in 1992 and served as the Chairman until 2003. He was a member of the Provisional LegCo between 1997 and 1998 and then became a member of the LegCo between 1998 and 2008.

    Apart from his role in the political arena, Mr Tsang is also a veteran educator. He began his teaching career at Pui Kiu Middle School and was the Principal from 1986 to 1998. He is now the Supervisor of the School and Pui Kiu College, and a manager of Pui Kiu Primary School. He also served as a Council member of the OUHK from 1996 to 2005.

    Mr Tsang was awarded a Gold Bauhinia Star by the HKSAR Government in 2002 and the Grand Bauhinia Medal in 2015. He was conferred with an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws by the City University of Hong Kong in 2011.


    About The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK)

    Established by the Government in 1989, The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK) provides high quality and flexible university education and professional training to secondary school graduates and working adults. The University currently offers about 220 programmes of different academic levels to more than 10,000 distance learning students and9,000 full-time students.

    OUHK comprises four Schools, i.e. School of Arts and Social Sciences, Lee Shau Kee School of Business and Administration, School of Education and Languages, and School of Science and Technology. The Li Ka Shing Institute of Professional and Continuing Education offers overseas degree programmes and short courses. The University originally has two buildings on the campus of Ho Man Tin, with another recently-opened Jubilee College, and two learning centres at various convenient locations, namely OUHK-CITA Learning Centre (OCLC) and OUHK Kwai Hing Learning Centre (KHLC).Website: www.ouhk.edu.hk

     
       
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    Press Release 

     
      OUHK to confer four outstanding personages 20/11/2015
       
     

    The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK) will confer honorary doctorates to four distinguished leaders at its 24th Congregation to be held on 15 December 2015 in recognition of their outstanding achievements and exceptional contributions to the society.

    The recipients are: Prof. Ruth Emilie Scott Hayhoe, Prof. Justin Yifu Lin, Mr Thomas Brian Stevenson and The Honourable Jasper Tsang Yok-sing. The 24th Congregation and the conferment of Honorary Degrees will be held at the Arena of Asia World Expo in Lantau Island.

    Brief profiles of the four recipients are as follows:

    Dr. Simon Ho

     

     

     

    Prof. Ruth Emilie Scott Hayhoe, SBS (Doctor of Letters, honoris causa)

    Prof. Ruth Emilie Scott Hayhoe is former Director of the Hong Kong Institute of Education (HKIEd) and now President Emeritus of the Institute.

    A specialist in comparative education and a sinologist, Prof. Hayhoe has exemplary contributions to the advancement of teacher education in Hong Kong. During her tenure as Director at HKIEd between 1997 and 2002, she laid down the cornerstone for the Institute’s flourishing development. She was appointed by the HKSAR Government as a member of the Education Commission from 1998 to 2001, and she served as a member of the Research Grants Council from 2002 to 2003.

    A veteran educator with global vision, Prof. Hayhoe has had a lifelong career in education across continents. She started as a teacher at Heep Yunn School in Hong Kong in 1967, and served as a foreign specialist teaching western literature and journalistic writing in Fudan University from 1980 to 1982. Since then, she took up many key roles in China, including Head of Cultural & Academic Affairs at the Canadian Embassy in Beijing from 1989 to1991 and Advisory Professor for ten major universities in China. On the other side of the globe, Prof. Hayhoe was Associate Dean of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) of the University of Toronto before she joined HKIEd.

    Her passion for education did not wither away after her retirement from HKIEd in 2002, and she continued as a half-time professor at OISE up till now. She has published more than one hundred papers, articles and books covering areas related to culture, policies and modernization of China, as well as education and universities.

    Prof. Hayhoe has earned high respect in the field of education and received numerous awards and honours. In 1998, she was made an Honorary Fellow by the Institute of Education, University of London. In 2002, she received three major awards, namely, Commandeur dans l’ordre des Palmes académiques (Order of Academic Palms) by the Government of France, Silver Bauhinia Star by the HKSAR Government and Honorary Doctorate of Education by HKIEd. In 2009, Prof. Hayhoe received the Lifetime Contribution Award by the Higher Education Special Interest Group of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) and was named an Honorary Fellow of CIES in 2011. In October 2015, Ming Yuan Education Foundation presented the Outstanding Contribution to Chinese Education Research Award to Prof. Hayhoe. This was the first time the award was given to scholar from abroad.

     


    Prof. Justin Yifu Lin (Doctor of Social Sciences, honoris causa)

    Prof. Justin Yifu Lin is former Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of the World Bank, and is now Professor and Honorary Dean of the National School of Development and Director of Research Center for New Structural Economics at Peking University.

    An internationally acclaimed economist, Prof. Lin has made eminent contributions to addressing some of the most urgent issues of the world and putting them to the international agenda. During his tenure as Chief Economist at the World Bank, he played a pivotal role in shaping the economic research direction of the institution, pushed for a rethink of development economics, brought the ideas of bottleneck-releasing infrastructure investment as a strategy for coping with the global financial crisis, and promoted light manufacturing for job creation and structural transformation in Africa.

    He has been serving unsparingly for the well beings of mankind on various national and international committees, leading groups and councils. Currently He is Vice Chairman of the Committee for Economic Affairs of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), Counsellor of the State Council and Vice Chairman of the All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce. He also serves as a member of the Eminent Persons Group of the World Bank and other important positions in domestic and international organizations.

    A respected scholar, Prof. Lin was a Professor at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) from 1997 to 2005. Prior to joining the World Bank in 2008, he was a Professor and the Founding Director of the China Centre for Economic Research at Peking University for fifteen years. After his term at the World Bank, he resumed teaching at Peking University in 2012. Professor Lin has authored more than thirty books, and published more than one hundred articles in refereed international journals and collected volumes on history, development and transition.

    With outstanding contributions in various aspects, Prof. Lin has received numerous accolades, including the Sun Yefang Prize in Economics in 1993 and 2001, which is the highest honour for economists in China. In recognition of his achievements, various universities around the world have conferred honorary doctoral degrees to him, including Université d'Auvergne, Fordham University, University of Nottingham, the City University of Hong Kong, London School of Economics and Politics, University of British Columbia, HKUST and Leuven. He is a corresponding Fellow of the British Academy and a fellow of Academy of Sciences for Developing World (formerly Third World Academy of Sciences).

     



    Mr Thomas Brian Stevenson, SBS, JP (Doctor of Business Administration, honoris causa)

    Mr T Brian Stevenson is the immediate past Chairman of The Hong Kong Jockey Club. He is now a member of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority's Exchange Fund Advisory Committee, a non-executive director of the Hong Kong Mortgage Corporation and an advisor for Asia Pacific to British Telecom. Born and educated in Scotland, Mr Stevenson moved to Hong Kong in 1970 and has settled here since then.

    Despite his university training in law, Mr Stevenson developed interests in accounting and had a prominent career as a Chartered Accountant. He was a Partner of Ernst and Young Hong Kong and later became the Managing Partner and Chairman of the firm's Hong Kong and China practice areas from 1981 until his retirement in December 1999. Highly respected in the field, Mr Stevenson served on the Council of the Hong Kong Society of Accountants (now the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants) from 1991 to 1997 and was its President in 1996. He is also a member of the Scottish Institute of Chartered Accountants.

    A keen sportsman at heart, Mr Stevenson's contributions to the field are equally impressive. Apart from being an active tennis and golf player, he is also passionate in rugby and horse racing. He has been the President of the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union since 2001 and is an Honorary Steward of The Hong Kong Jockey Club. Also, Mr Stevenson has been a Vice President of the Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong since 2012.

    Mr Stevenson is unstinting in sharing his experience and expertise in promoting corporate governance. Among numerous appointments in both private and public sectors, he has served as Director of the Ocean Park, the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce, the Securities and Future Commission, the MTR Corporation and The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation. He was a member of the Public Service Commission, the Vocational Training Council and Chairman of the Hong Kong Coalition of Service Industries.

    Mr Stevenson was awarded the Silver Bauhinia Star by the HKSAR Government in 1998 and was appointed Justice of the Peace (JP) in 2007. In 2011, he received the IOC Trophy ─ Sport and Social Responsibility from the International Olympic Committee in recognition of his contributions to sport and social responsibility.
     


     

    The Honourable Jasper Tsang Yok-sing, GBM, GBS, JP (Doctor of Social Sciences, honoris causa)

    Mr Jasper Tsang Yok-sing is currently the President of the Legislative Council (LegCo) of the HKSAR. He has gained the respect of political parties of all shades and the public at large as a well-balanced political figure.

    Being the LegCo President since 2008, Mr Tsang has been playing a pivotal role in exercising his constitutional power to preside over meetings in an orderly, efficient and fair manner. He has demonstrated exemplary efforts in leading the LegCo, ensuring that its roles and responsibilities are fulfilled in accordance with the Basic Law. He also made significant contributions to public affairs during his tenure as an Executive Council Member from 2002 to 2008.

    Mr Tsang has distinguished contributions in Hong Kong's constitutional development. He was appointed a member of the Guangdong Provincial Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in 1976, and became a member of the Conference’s National Committee in 1993. He took an active part in the consultative activities when the Hong Kong Basic Law was drafted in the late 1980s and was subsequently appointed to the committee responsible for the preparatory work for the establishment of HKSAR.

    Mr Tsang has played a prominent role in Hong Kong’s political development. He founded the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong (DAB) in 1992 and served as the Chairman until 2003. He was a member of the Provisional LegCo between 1997 and 1998 and then became a member of the LegCo between 1998 and 2008.

    Apart from his role in the political arena, Mr Tsang is also a veteran educator. He began his teaching career at Pui Kiu Middle School and was the Principal from 1986 to 1998. He is now the Supervisor of the School and Pui Kiu College, and a manager of Pui Kiu Primary School. He also served as a Council member of the OUHK from 1996 to 2005.

    Mr Tsang was awarded a Gold Bauhinia Star by the HKSAR Government in 2002 and the Grand Bauhinia Medal in 2015. He was conferred with an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws by the City University of Hong Kong in 2011.


    About The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK)

    Established by the Government in 1989, The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK) provides high quality and flexible university education and professional training to secondary school graduates and working adults. The University currently offers about 220 programmes of different academic levels to more than 10,000 distance learning students and9,000 full-time students.

    OUHK comprises four Schools, i.e. School of Arts and Social Sciences, Lee Shau Kee School of Business and Administration, School of Education and Languages, and School of Science and Technology. The Li Ka Shing Institute of Professional and Continuing Education offers overseas degree programmes and short courses. The University originally has two buildings on the campus of Ho Man Tin, with another recently-opened Jubilee College, and two learning centres at various convenient locations, namely OUHK-CITA Learning Centre (OCLC) and OUHK Kwai Hing Learning Centre (KHLC).Website: www.ouhk.edu.hk

     
       
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