The five fellowship recipients (from left): Mr David Chan Ting-chuen, Prof. Kao Mayching, Ms Nancy Tsang Lan-see, Mr Daryl Ng Win-kong, and Prof. Chan Chi-hou.
Group photo of Principal Officers of the University and the five fellowship recipients.
Mr Michael Wong thanks the five fellowship recipients for their immense contribution to the university and the broader community.
Five distinguished community leaders are conferred Honorary University Fellowships by The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK) today (Friday). The recipients are: Prof. Chan Chi-hou, Mr David Chan Ting-chuen, Prof. Kao Mayching, Mr Daryl Ng Win-kong, and Ms Nancy Tsang Lan-see.
OUHK Pro-Chancellor Dr Charles Lee Yeh-kwong officiated at the conferment ceremony.
Addressing the ceremony, Council Chairman Mr Michael Wong Yick-kam expressed his heartfelt thanks to the five distinguished individuals who have made immense contribution to the university and also to the broader community. He lauded the five for putting in their best effort and time to advance the University’s mission.
“I want you to know that Hong Kong is a better community because of your contribution; that our University is a better institution because of your support; and most importantly, our students become better talent because you have helped and inspired them,” he said.
OUHK President Prof. Yuk-Shan Wong also thanked the five fellowship recipients for walking hand in hand with the OUHK, offering their best expertise and insight to guide the University along the way. He said, “We always look towards the future. While we advocate lifelong learning with the mission of ‘Education for All’, we constantly remind ourselves to do the same: strengthen our own capacity so that we can nurture more outstanding talent who would contribute to society and the well-being of the people.”
Profiles of the five recipients are as follows:
Prof. Chan Chi-hou
Prof. Chan Chi-hou is Chair Professor of Electronic Engineering of the City University of Hong Kong (CityU) and Director of Partner SKL of Millimeter Waves. Prof. Chan obtained his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Ohio State University at Columbus and his PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
An eminent scientist in electronic engineering who constantly strives for scientific breakthroughs, Prof. Chan turns his research findings into patent inventions. His wide range of research interests cover computational electromagnetics, antennas, microwave and millimeter-wave components and subsystems, RFIC, and Terahertz components and systems. He has published over 240 journal papers, registered eight patents, with another seven patents filed.
Prior to his return to Hong Kong, Prof. Chan had conducted research and consultancy at various leading industrial companies in the United States.. In recent years, he has received multi-million dollar grants from the Innovation and Technology Commission and Research Grants Council of Hong Kong for advancing research and innovations important to Hong Kong.His efforts have been recognized by a number of awards. He received the US National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award in 1991, and the Joint Research Fund for Hong Kong and Macau Young Scholars under the National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars Scheme, PRC in 2004. He was a core team member of the research project ‘Invention, Theoretical and Experimental Investigation and Applications of some Novel Antennas’, which was conferred a second-class honour in the State Technological Invention Award (STIA) 2011.
Apart from academic pursuit, Prof. Chan offers his knowledge and experience in tertiary education by serving in a number of administrative or advisory roles at universities. He served as a member of the OUHK Council from October 2010 to September 2016, and was also a member of its Human Resources Committee and Professorial Nomination Committee.
Mr David Chan Ting-chuen
Mr David Chan Ting-chuen is Chairman of Build Tech Holdings Limited. Prior to that, he was the Chairman and Executive Director of Symphony Holdings Limited, a listed company in Hong Kong. Mr Chan obtained his Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Hong Kong and ventured into the business sector upon graduation and assumed directorship in a number of listed companies.
Having achieved remarkable success in his career, Mr Chan has sought to pay back the community through notable contributions in community betterment and education, as seen in his establishment of the T C Chan Education Foundation Limited, a private charitable fund which sponsored a number of education and research projects both locally and internationally. These include, among others, the setting up of the Penn-Tsinghua T C Chan Centre for Building Simulation and Energy Studies, as well as offering scholarships to local secondary school students with physical disabilities who attained outstanding academic achievements. Mr Chan also serves in various capacities in a number of NGOs including the Hong Kong Red Cross and the Community Chest.
With his wealth of knowledge in business, Mr Chan offered his expertise and served as a member at the HKSAR Customs and Excise Service Children's Education Trust Fund Investment Advisory Board from 2000 to 2004. He has been supportive to the OUHK and is currently a member of the University’s Sponsorship and Development Fund Committee. In 2015, Mr Chan has made a generous donation to the OUHK, enabling our students to widen their horizon and gain valuable work experience through outbound internship opportunities in an international and intercultural setting.
Prof. Kao Mayching
Prof. Kao Mayching is a renowned scholar in fine arts and art history. She joined the OUHK as Chair Professor and Dean at the School of Arts and Social Sciences in 1999. Though retired in 2003, she has been active in promoting art education and continues her warm bonding with the OUHK. She was invited by the School in 2011 to be an advisor in designing the curricula for creative arts programmes, and is currently the School’s Honorary Professor and advisor of the OUHK Tin Ka Ping Centre of Chinese Culture.
A well-respected scholar and educator, Prof. Kao received her Bachelor of Art (Fine Arts) Degree, and obtained her Master’s Degree in Western Art History from the University of New Mexico, and PhD in Asian Art History from Stanford University. With her wealth of knowledge and insights in arts and education, Prof. Kao has devoted herself to the development of Hong Kong’s art community by teaching at the Chinese University of Hong Kong’s Department of Fine Arts, and then serving as consultant and advisor to the Government and various organizations. She is currently serving as the Chairman of the Management Committee of Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre, Museum Expert Advisor of Leisure and Cultural Services Department of HKSAR Government, advisor of Hong Kong Arts Development Council, and advisor of Hong Kong Society for Education in Art.
Her passion and dedicated work have brought her much recognition. Prof. Kao was awarded the Dr Ip Yee Memorial Medal by the Oriental Ceramic Society of Hong Kong in 1997, the Achievement Award (Visual Arts) by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council in 1998, and Honorary Fellowship from the New Asia College of the CUHK in 1999. Hong Kong Baptist University conferred the Honorary University Fellowship on her in 2015.
Prof. Kao educates and also supports education. She has made donations to various universities for setting up scholarship schemes to assist students in need. Her support for education includes, among others, the ‘Prof. Mayching Kao Scholarship’ for OUHK outstanding students and ‘Learning for a New Life Scheme’ for prison inmates studying with the OUHK. Prof. Kao has also helped to secure other generous donations to the University, such as those made by the Muses Foundation for Culture and Education in support of the filmmaking projects and overseas exchange and internship programme of BA (Hons) in Creative Writing and Film Arts. Students have better learning support and are winning prizes in open competitions because of Prof. Kao’s generous help.
Mr Daryl Ng Win-kong, JP
Mr Daryl Ng Win-kong is an Executive Director of Sino Group. He is an aspiring leader and a staunch supporter of heritage conservation and sustainable development. Mr Ng received his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Master’s Degree in Real Estate Development from Columbia University. Over the past decade, in addition to driving quality and business excellence, he enthusiastically promotes initiatives that are conducive to building a better community such as vertical greening and food waste management. He advocates green innovations like in-building hydropower system and city air purification system, he also spearheads initiatives that empower the next generation such as Go Code, through which children from underprivileged families learn the essential skills of computer knowledge and coding.
Mr Ng has a keen passion for heritage conservation, as seen in the conservation of the Old Tai O Police Station by the Hong Kong Heritage Conservation Foundation Limited, of which he is a Director. In recognition of his commitment to heritage conservation and revitalization, the Savannah College of Art and Design Hong Kong conferred him an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree in 2015.
On the green innovation front, Sino Group, under Mr Ng’s leadership, joined hands with the OUHK in 2014 on a research project on purification of food waste filtrate with microalgae, which marked an important milestone in the development of local scientific research, environmental protection and green economy.
Mr Ng has taken up various public services. He is a Director of The Community Chest of Hong Kong and the Real Estate Developers Association of Hong Kong, and a General Committee member of the Chamber of Hong Kong Listed Companies. He serves as member of the Welfare Advisory Committee, the Community Care Fund Task Force of Commission on Poverty and the Council for Sustainable Development. He is also Vice Chairman of the Hong Kong United Youth Association, and a member of the Global Leadership Council of Columbia University, his alma mater.
Ms Nancy Tsang Lan-see, JP
Ms Nancy Tsang Lan-see is the Director of Heep Hong Society, who possesses extensive knowledge and experience in rehabilitation services with particular concerns for children with special educational needs. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Rehabilitation Service from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in the United States.
A highly respected personnel in the industry for more than 30 years, Ms Tsang has demonstrated unwavering passion in serving people in need and distinguished leadership in institutional development. Under her headship, Heep Hong Society has evolved from a small-sized NGO into one of Hong Kong’s leading service providers in the field. Their services, which are highly commended for its advocacy of early intervention and support to children with special needs and their family, reach out to 10,000 local families each year.
Under the leadership of Ms Tsang, Heep Hong Society has collaborated with the OUHK since 2011 to offer a series of professional programmes in special education, providing the academic pathway for joining the profession.
Ms Tsang has been unwavering in contributing her time and expertise to the community through public services. She is currently the Chairman of the Network on Pre-school Services for Disabled Children under the Hong Kong Council of Social Service. She also serves as a member on the Community Care Fund, the Special Needs Groups Task Force of the Commission on Poverty, the Task Force on Integrated Education in Mainstream Schools and the Special Education Task Group of the Education Bureau.
About the 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