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      OUHK to honour four outstanding personages 28/10/2016
       
     

    The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK) will confer honorary doctorates to four distinguished leaders at its 25th Congregation to be held on 22 November 2016 in recognition of their outstanding achievements and exceptional contributions to the society.

    The recipients are: Prof. Chang Hsin-kang, Mr Edward Cheung Wing-yui, The Hon Mrs Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai, and Mr Michael Suen Ming-yeung. The 25th Congregation and the conferment of Honorary Degrees will be held at the Arena of Asia World Expo on Lantau Island.

    Brief profiles of the four recipients are as follows:



     

     

     

    Prof. Chang Hsin-kang, GBS, JP (Doctor of Letters, honoris causa)

    Prof. Chang Hsin-kang is President-Emeritus of the City University of Hong Kong (CityU). He is also an Honorary Professor at Peking University, Tsinghua University and several other major universities in China.

    A highly respected scholar and educator, Prof. Chang has made exemplary contributions to higher education, culture, science and technology. During his tenure as the President of CityU from 1996 to 2007, with his strong advocacy of whole-person development through broad-based education, CityU saw remarkable advancement with strengthened international connections and cultural exchanges.

    Having taught at the State University of New York at Buffalo, McGill University and the University of Southern California, he became Founding Dean of School of Engineering at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) in 1990 and then Dean of School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh in 1994. Prof. Chang was President of Biomedical Engineering Society (1988-89) in the United States and is a Founding Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering. Prof. Chang is a Foreign Member of the Royal Academy of Engineering of the United Kingdom and a member of International Eurasian Academy of Sciences.

    A scientist with humanistic concerns, Prof. Chang believes technology and culture are complementary in advancing human civilizations. He was Chairman of the Cultural and Heritage Commission, and served as a member of the Council of Advisors on Innovation and Technology of Hong Kong SAR. He has been actively promoting arts and culture and cultural exchanges with a view to introducing Chinese culture to the world. In recognition of his academic accomplishments and contributions to cultural exchange between China and France, he was bestowed by the Government of France in 2000 the title of Chévalier dans l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur and decorated in 2009 as Commandeur dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques.

    After his retirement from CityU in 2007, Prof. Chang has taught general education courses at Tsinghua University, Peking University, Shandong University, Shanghai Jiaotong University, China-Europe International Business School and Bosphorus University in Istanbul, Turkey.

    Prof. Chang devotes much of his knowledge and expertise to the betterment of the community. He was a member (2003-2012) of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and currently serves on the Research Council of Our Hong Kong Foundation as well as a number of other civic bodies. In 2002, the Hong Kong SAR Government honoured him with the Gold Bauhinia Star for his contributions to society.

     

    Mr Edward Cheung Wing-yui, BBS (Doctor of Business Administration, honoris causa)

    Mr Edward Cheung Wing-yui is a veteran solicitor and a qualified Australia CPA, with expertise in corporate matters, IPO, mergers & acquisitions, security laws and China related matters. He is now a consultant to the Woo, Kwan, Lee & Lo (Solicitors and Notaries).

    With well-versed professional knowledge and exemplary achievements in the business sector, Mr Cheung has been appointed as director by a number of listed companies in Hong Kong. He is an independent non-executive director of Agile Property Holdings Limited and Hop Hing Group Holding Limited. He is also a non-executive director of Tai Sang Land Development Limited and Tianjin Development Holdings Limited, as well as Sunevision Holdings Limited and SmarTone Telecommunications Holdings Limited in which he is also the vice chairman.

    Mr Cheung is unstinting in sharing his experience and expertise in promoting corporate governance. He is Honorary Council Member of the Hong Kong Institute of Director Limited, in which he also served as deputy chairman from 2009 to 2010.

    Driven by a passion for building a better society, Mr Cheung has been active in serving the community in various roles. He is director of The Community Chest of Hong Kong and Honorary Advisor of Youth Arch Foundation. He also served as a director of Po Leung Kuk and vice chairman of the Mainland Legal Affairs Committee of the Law Society of Hong Kong. He was appointed to a number of advisory bodies of the Government, including as a member of the Appeal Board under the Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications Ordinance and the Board of Review of the Inland Revenue Ordinance. Mr Cheung was awarded Bronze Bauhinia Star in 2013 for his dedication in public services.

    With his wealth of knowledge and experience, Mr Cheung has made notable contributions to the OUHK. He served on the University’s Council and was the Deputy Chairman from 2008 to 2014. He also gave advice to the University through a number of committees, which included the Main Tender Board, the Human Resources Committee, the Executive Committee and the Honorary Degrees Committee. He was the Chairman of the Sponsorship and Development Fund Committee and Physical Resources Committee of the University.

     



    The Hon Mrs Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai, GBM, JP (Doctor of Social Sciences, honoris causa)

    Mrs Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai, former President of the Legislative Council (LegCo) of the Hong Kong SAR, is a well-balanced political figure who has gained the respect of political parties of all shades and the public at large.

    Her distinguished political career started in 1983 when she was appointed as a member of the LegCo, and as a member of the Executive Council (ExCo) in 1989. She remained a member of both Councils until 1992. In the critical period prior to Hong Kong’s handover to China, from 1993 to 1997, she served first as a member of the Preliminary Working Committee, and then as a member of the Preparatory Committee for the Hong Kong SAR.

    Mrs Fan is the first female President of the LegCo. During the transitional years from 1997 to 1998, she was elected President of the Provisional Legislative Council. From 1998 to 2008, she was elected President of the LegCo for three times. She played a pivotal role in exercising her constitutional power to preside over meetings in an orderly, efficient and fair manner. She had demonstrated exemplary efforts in leading the LegCo, ensuring that her roles and responsibilities were fulfilled in accordance with the Basic Law.

    Mrs Fan is unstinting in her efforts to serve the community. She has been serving as Hong Kong Deputy to the National People’s Congress of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) since 1998, and as member of the Standing Committee of the Congress. She is a supervising adviser of the Hong Kong Federation of Women. She also served as Chairman of the Board of Education as well as Chairman of the Education Commission respectively.

    In recognition of her notable contributions to Hong Kong, Mrs Fan was awarded the Gold Bauhinia Star in 1998 and the Grand Bauhinia Medal in 2007. She also received a number of honorary degrees from various universities, which include, among others, an Honorary Doctorate in Law from the China University of Political Science and Law, an Honorary Doctorate of Social Science from the City University of Hong Kong and from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and an Honorary Doctorate of Social Sciences from the University of Hong Kong.
     


     

    Mr Michael Suen Ming-yeung, GBS, CBE, JP (Doctor of Education, honoris causa)

    Mr Michael Suen Ming-yeung was a well-versed government official, having served at different departments in a top-ranking role. Before his retirement from the Government, he was the Secretary for Education.

    Mr Suen received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics and Physics from the University of Hong Kong in 1966. Upon graduation, Mr Suen began his lifetime career in civil service by joining the Government as an Administrative Officer.

    During the early years of his career, he served in the former New Territories Administration, Resettlement Department and Environment Branch. In his 46 years with the Government, he demonstrated his versatility and ability in problem solving, which brought about exemplary achievements, winning respects from all walks of life.

    A seasoned civil servant, Mr Suen has made remarkable contributions in policy making and implementation. He has held different positions in various departments including the former Transport Department, Urban Services Department and Regional Services Department. He was appointed Secretary for Constitutional Affairs in 1989 and Secretary for Home Affairs in 1991.

    With his experience and insights in tackling socio-political issues, Mr Suen has been pivotal in ensuring a smooth transition of Hong Kong’s handover to China. Between March and early July in 1997, he was on temporary secondment to the Office of the Chief Executive-elect as Secretary for Policy Co-ordination. Shortly afterwards, he took up the position as Secretary for Constitutional Affairs in August 1997. Later he became the Secretary for Housing, Planning and Lands in 2002. During his tenure, he introduced a number of measures to stabilize the property market. In 2007, Mr Suen was appointed Secretary for Education until his retirement in 2012 and has made tremendous contributions to the development of higher education in Hong Kong. In 2010, with a view to promoting Hong Kong as a regional education hub, Mr Suen led a high-level delegation, to Japan and Korea, in which the University sent a delegate.


    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 and 9,500 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 honour four outstanding personages 28/10/2016
       
     

    The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK) will confer honorary doctorates to four distinguished leaders at its 25th Congregation to be held on 22 November 2016 in recognition of their outstanding achievements and exceptional contributions to the society.

    The recipients are: Prof. Chang Hsin-kang, Mr Edward Cheung Wing-yui, The Hon Mrs Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai, and Mr Michael Suen Ming-yeung. The 25th Congregation and the conferment of Honorary Degrees will be held at the Arena of Asia World Expo on Lantau Island.

    Brief profiles of the four recipients are as follows:



     

     

     

    Prof. Chang Hsin-kang, GBS, JP (Doctor of Letters, honoris causa)

    Prof. Chang Hsin-kang is President-Emeritus of the City University of Hong Kong (CityU). He is also an Honorary Professor at Peking University, Tsinghua University and several other major universities in China.

    A highly respected scholar and educator, Prof. Chang has made exemplary contributions to higher education, culture, science and technology. During his tenure as the President of CityU from 1996 to 2007, with his strong advocacy of whole-person development through broad-based education, CityU saw remarkable advancement with strengthened international connections and cultural exchanges.

    Having taught at the State University of New York at Buffalo, McGill University and the University of Southern California, he became Founding Dean of School of Engineering at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) in 1990 and then Dean of School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh in 1994. Prof. Chang was President of Biomedical Engineering Society (1988-89) in the United States and is a Founding Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering. Prof. Chang is a Foreign Member of the Royal Academy of Engineering of the United Kingdom and a member of International Eurasian Academy of Sciences.

    A scientist with humanistic concerns, Prof. Chang believes technology and culture are complementary in advancing human civilizations. He was Chairman of the Cultural and Heritage Commission, and served as a member of the Council of Advisors on Innovation and Technology of Hong Kong SAR. He has been actively promoting arts and culture and cultural exchanges with a view to introducing Chinese culture to the world. In recognition of his academic accomplishments and contributions to cultural exchange between China and France, he was bestowed by the Government of France in 2000 the title of Chévalier dans l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur and decorated in 2009 as Commandeur dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques.

    After his retirement from CityU in 2007, Prof. Chang has taught general education courses at Tsinghua University, Peking University, Shandong University, Shanghai Jiaotong University, China-Europe International Business School and Bosphorus University in Istanbul, Turkey.

    Prof. Chang devotes much of his knowledge and expertise to the betterment of the community. He was a member (2003-2012) of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and currently serves on the Research Council of Our Hong Kong Foundation as well as a number of other civic bodies. In 2002, the Hong Kong SAR Government honoured him with the Gold Bauhinia Star for his contributions to society.

     

    Mr Edward Cheung Wing-yui, BBS (Doctor of Business Administration, honoris causa)

    Mr Edward Cheung Wing-yui is a veteran solicitor and a qualified Australia CPA, with expertise in corporate matters, IPO, mergers & acquisitions, security laws and China related matters. He is now a consultant to the Woo, Kwan, Lee & Lo (Solicitors and Notaries).

    With well-versed professional knowledge and exemplary achievements in the business sector, Mr Cheung has been appointed as director by a number of listed companies in Hong Kong. He is an independent non-executive director of Agile Property Holdings Limited and Hop Hing Group Holding Limited. He is also a non-executive director of Tai Sang Land Development Limited and Tianjin Development Holdings Limited, as well as Sunevision Holdings Limited and SmarTone Telecommunications Holdings Limited in which he is also the vice chairman.

    Mr Cheung is unstinting in sharing his experience and expertise in promoting corporate governance. He is Honorary Council Member of the Hong Kong Institute of Director Limited, in which he also served as deputy chairman from 2009 to 2010.

    Driven by a passion for building a better society, Mr Cheung has been active in serving the community in various roles. He is director of The Community Chest of Hong Kong and Honorary Advisor of Youth Arch Foundation. He also served as a director of Po Leung Kuk and vice chairman of the Mainland Legal Affairs Committee of the Law Society of Hong Kong. He was appointed to a number of advisory bodies of the Government, including as a member of the Appeal Board under the Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications Ordinance and the Board of Review of the Inland Revenue Ordinance. Mr Cheung was awarded Bronze Bauhinia Star in 2013 for his dedication in public services.

    With his wealth of knowledge and experience, Mr Cheung has made notable contributions to the OUHK. He served on the University’s Council and was the Deputy Chairman from 2008 to 2014. He also gave advice to the University through a number of committees, which included the Main Tender Board, the Human Resources Committee, the Executive Committee and the Honorary Degrees Committee. He was the Chairman of the Sponsorship and Development Fund Committee and Physical Resources Committee of the University.

     



    The Hon Mrs Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai, GBM, JP (Doctor of Social Sciences, honoris causa)

    Mrs Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai, former President of the Legislative Council (LegCo) of the Hong Kong SAR, is a well-balanced political figure who has gained the respect of political parties of all shades and the public at large.

    Her distinguished political career started in 1983 when she was appointed as a member of the LegCo, and as a member of the Executive Council (ExCo) in 1989. She remained a member of both Councils until 1992. In the critical period prior to Hong Kong’s handover to China, from 1993 to 1997, she served first as a member of the Preliminary Working Committee, and then as a member of the Preparatory Committee for the Hong Kong SAR.

    Mrs Fan is the first female President of the LegCo. During the transitional years from 1997 to 1998, she was elected President of the Provisional Legislative Council. From 1998 to 2008, she was elected President of the LegCo for three times. She played a pivotal role in exercising her constitutional power to preside over meetings in an orderly, efficient and fair manner. She had demonstrated exemplary efforts in leading the LegCo, ensuring that her roles and responsibilities were fulfilled in accordance with the Basic Law.

    Mrs Fan is unstinting in her efforts to serve the community. She has been serving as Hong Kong Deputy to the National People’s Congress of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) since 1998, and as member of the Standing Committee of the Congress. She is a supervising adviser of the Hong Kong Federation of Women. She also served as Chairman of the Board of Education as well as Chairman of the Education Commission respectively.

    In recognition of her notable contributions to Hong Kong, Mrs Fan was awarded the Gold Bauhinia Star in 1998 and the Grand Bauhinia Medal in 2007. She also received a number of honorary degrees from various universities, which include, among others, an Honorary Doctorate in Law from the China University of Political Science and Law, an Honorary Doctorate of Social Science from the City University of Hong Kong and from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and an Honorary Doctorate of Social Sciences from the University of Hong Kong.
     


     

    Mr Michael Suen Ming-yeung, GBS, CBE, JP (Doctor of Education, honoris causa)

    Mr Michael Suen Ming-yeung was a well-versed government official, having served at different departments in a top-ranking role. Before his retirement from the Government, he was the Secretary for Education.

    Mr Suen received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics and Physics from the University of Hong Kong in 1966. Upon graduation, Mr Suen began his lifetime career in civil service by joining the Government as an Administrative Officer.

    During the early years of his career, he served in the former New Territories Administration, Resettlement Department and Environment Branch. In his 46 years with the Government, he demonstrated his versatility and ability in problem solving, which brought about exemplary achievements, winning respects from all walks of life.

    A seasoned civil servant, Mr Suen has made remarkable contributions in policy making and implementation. He has held different positions in various departments including the former Transport Department, Urban Services Department and Regional Services Department. He was appointed Secretary for Constitutional Affairs in 1989 and Secretary for Home Affairs in 1991.

    With his experience and insights in tackling socio-political issues, Mr Suen has been pivotal in ensuring a smooth transition of Hong Kong’s handover to China. Between March and early July in 1997, he was on temporary secondment to the Office of the Chief Executive-elect as Secretary for Policy Co-ordination. Shortly afterwards, he took up the position as Secretary for Constitutional Affairs in August 1997. Later he became the Secretary for Housing, Planning and Lands in 2002. During his tenure, he introduced a number of measures to stabilize the property market. In 2007, Mr Suen was appointed Secretary for Education until his retirement in 2012 and has made tremendous contributions to the development of higher education in Hong Kong. In 2010, with a view to promoting Hong Kong as a regional education hub, Mr Suen led a high-level delegation, to Japan and Korea, in which the University sent a delegate.


    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 and 9,500 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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