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      OUHK to confer four outstanding personages 18/10/2017
       
     
    The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK) will confer honorary doctorates to four distinguished leaders at its 26th Congregation to be held on 12 December 2017 in recognition of their outstanding achievements and exceptional contributions to the society.

    The recipients are: Dr the Honourable Elsie Leung Oi-sie, Dr the Honourable Bernard Charnwut Chan, Dr Eddy Fong Ching, and Prof. Lee Chack-fan. The 26th Congregation and the conferment of Honorary Degrees will be held at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium in Wan Chai.

    Brief profiles of the four recipients are as follows:
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    Dr The Hon Elsie Leung

     

    Dr the Honourable Elsie Leung Oi-sie, GBM, JP (Doctor of Letters, honoris causa)

    Dr the Honourable Elsie Leung Oi-sie is a Deputy Director of the HKSAR Basic Law Committee under the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), and the first Secretary for Justice of the HKSAR.

    A locally educated professional, Dr Leung studied at St Claire's Girls’ School and later Sacred Heart Canossian College during her teens and passed the Matriculation Examinations in 1961. Dr Leung passed her Law Society Qualifying Examinations and completed her Articles of Clerkship in 1967 to become a solicitor before starting practice in 1968. She was the 16th woman to be admitted as a Hong Kong solicitor, with a keen interest in women’s and children’s causes. Dr Leung later obtained an LLM degree from the University of Hong Kong in 1988. Between 1993-1997, Dr Leung worked for a local law firm Iu, Lai & Li Solicitors, specializing in family law and China trade.

    Dr Leung has devoted much of her time to facilitating legal exchanges between Hong Kong and the mainland. She began to build close ties with the mainland authorities through her service as a delegate to the Guangdong Provincial People's Congress from 1989 to 1993, and as a delegate to the 8th NPC from 1993 to 1997. She was appointed a Hong Kong affairs advisor in 1994 advising the Chief Executive Designate of the HKSAR on legal matters relating to establishment of the HKSAR. Before her appointment as Secretary for Justice, Dr Leung served on various government boards and committees, including the Independent Police Complaints Council, Equal Opportunities Commission, Social Welfare Advisory Committee and Inland Revenue Board of Review.

    As the first Secretary for Justice of the HKSAR from 1997 to 2005, Dr Leung played a pivotal role in ensuring the smooth transition of the territory from colonial rule back to Chinese sovereignty. She actively promoted the development of the legal profession as well as the co-operation between Hong Kong lawyers and their mainland counterparts. During her term of office as a Council Member of the Association of China-Appointed Attesting Officers, she helped set up an appointment system built on merits and examination.

    After retiring from the position of Secretary of Justice in late 2005, she was appointed a Deputy Director of the HKSAR Basic Law Committee. Dr Leung resumed private practice in late 2006 and she is now a Consultant of Iu, Lai & Li Solicitors & Notaries, a notary public, a China-appointed attesting officer and a member of the Panel of Arbitrators of the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission. Dr Leung maintained her passion for public and community service by taking up the roles of honorary legal adviser or member in many non-governmental organizations, including the Hong Kong Federation of Women Lawyers, Hong Kong Federation of Women, and Our Hong Kong Foundation, etc. She is a former International President of the International Federation of Women Lawyers and its Life Member and an Honorary Member of the Hong Kong Federation of Women Lawyers, the Law Society of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Society of Notaries.

    Dr Leung was appointed a Justice of the Peace by the British colonial government in Hong Kong in 1981, and was awarded the Grand Bauhinia Medal by the HKSAR Government in 2002. She was conferred honorary degrees of Doctor of Laws by China University of Political Science and Law (2004), University of Warwick (2005), Shue Yan University (2010) and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (2011), and an honorary degree of Doctor of Social Sciences by the University of Hong Kong (2016).
     


    Dr. The Hon Bernard Charnwut Chan

     

    Dr the Honourable Bernard Charnwut Chan, GBS, JP (Doctor of Business Administration, honoris causa)

    Dr the Honourable Bernard Charnwut Chan is the President of the Asia Financial Group and its subsidiary Asia Insurance Co Ltd. He has served as the Convenor of the non-official members of the HKSAR’s Executive Council since July 2017.

    Born into a prominent Thai-Chinese family in Hong Kong, Dr Chan was educated locally before finishing high school in the US. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art from Pomona College in California in 1988. After graduation, Dr Chan served for an investment bank in New York before returning to Hong Kong to work for his family’s privately held investment company and then the publicly listed Asia Financial Holdings. He is also the Chairman of the Hong Kong–Thailand Business Council, an advisor to Bangkok Bank (China) Co Ltd, a Director of Alibaba Entrepreneurs Fund (Hong Kong), and a member of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority Exchange Fund Advisory Committee as well as the Financial Leaders Forum.

    The diagnosis of a rare vascular disease at the age of 18 made Dr Chan decide to make the best of his life and devote himself to community work. He pays attention in particular to welfare, quality of life and education, and tries to build bridges between the business world and welfare sector. He is concerned about quality of life issues that keep Hong Kong attractive not just as a business centre but also a home for its international population. Dr Chan is also an ardent supporter of his wife’s work in running an ‘alternative’ private school for children with special needs.

    Among his business successes are the formation in 1999 of Bank Consortium Trust (a joint venture of nine Hong Kong institutions) to provide Mandatory Provident Fund services and the sale of Asia Financial Holdings’ subsidiary Asia Commercial Bank in 2006 at the highest price-to-book value for a bank of similar size in Hong Kong.

    Dr Chan is a deputy to the National People’s Congress of the People's Republic of China, a non-official member of the HKSAR’s Executive Council (2004-2009 and from 2012) and a former member of the HKSAR’s Legislative Council (1998-2008) representing the insurance industry.

    He is the Chairman of the Committee on Reduction of Salt and Sugar in Food, Steering Committee on Restored Landfill Revitalization Funding Scheme and The Jockey Club CPS Ltd Advisory Committee, Chairperson of the Hong Kong Council of Social Service, a Board Member of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority and a trustee of Pomona College. Past positions include Chairman of the Council for Sustainable Development, Antiquities Advisory Board, Advisory Committee on Revitalization of Historic Buildings, Standing Committee on Disciplined Services Salaries and Conditions of Service, Standing Committee on Judicial Salaries and Conditions of Service as well as Council of Lingnan University. He was also the Vice Chairman of the Council of Oxfam Hong Kong, and is the Chairman of its annual fund-raising Trailwalker event’s Advisory Committee.

    Among the accolades that Dr Chan received were a Ten Outstanding Young Persons Award in 1999 and the appointment as a Justice of the Peace in 2002. He was appointed a Commander (3rd Class) of the Most Noble Order of the Crown of Thailand in 2004. He was awarded the Gold Bauhinia Star by the HKSAR Government in 2006. In 2015, Dr Chan was conferred an honorary degree of Doctor of Humanities by Lingnan University and an honorary degree of Doctor of Social Science by City University of Hong Kong. In 2016, he was made an Honorary Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Architectural Conservationists and Honorary Professor in the Division of Architectural Conservation Programmes under the Faculty of Architecture of The University of Hong Kong.

     

    Dr. Eddy Fong
    Dr Eddy Fong Ching, GBS, JP (Doctor of Social Sciences, honoris causa)

    Dr Eddy Fong Ching is the former Chairman of the Council of The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK) and the former Non-Executive Chairman of the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC).

    Dr Fong graduated from the University of Kent in the UK with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences. He has been a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales since 1972 and a member of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants since 1973. Prior to joining the SFC as a Non-Executive Director in 2005, Dr Fong was a Senior Audit Partner with PwC specializing in capital market work in Hong Kong and mainland China until his retirement in 2003. He was the SFC’s Non-Executive Chairman from 2006 to 2012.

    Apart from pursuing a vigorous professional career, Dr Fong has been actively involved in public and community services. He has played an instrumental role in maintaining Hong Kong’s regulatory landscape and strengthening the city’s status as an international financial centre.

    Dr Fong has been the Chairman of the Process Review Panel in relation to the Regulation of Mandatory Provident Fund Intermediaries since November 2013, and is an Independent Non-Executive Director of the MTR Corporation Limited, Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) Limited and Standard Chartered Bank (China) Limited.

    Dr Fong was appointed a member of the Council of the OUHK in August 2003 and became its Treasurer in June 2004. He took up the chairmanship of the OUHK Council in June 2009 and retired from it in June 2016 after serving the University for 13 years. The OUHK has scaled new heights during his tenure, with the number of full-time students increasing from 300 to over 9,000 between 2003 and 2016, and the completion of its Phase II Campus at Ho Man Tin in 2008. Other milestones included the relocation of the Li Ka Shing Institute of Professional and Continuing Education from Sheung Wan to the more spacious Kwai Hing Learning Centre in 2013, and the opening of the Jubilee College at Jockey Club Campus in 2014. He contributed much effort to the University’s success in getting a Government land grant in December 2016 for its forthcoming Sheung Shing Street Campus to build a new complex, which will be named OUHK Jockey Club Institute of Healthcare upon its completion in 2020.

    Dr Fong has led the University to take proactive steps to diversify its sources of revenue and develop market-driven academic programmes that meet the community’s needs, while adhering steadfastly to financial prudence to minimize costs and maximize efficiency without compromising the quality of teaching and service.

    Dr Fong was appointed a Justice of the Peace in Hong Kong in 1996 and was awarded the Silver Bauhinia Star and the Gold Bauhinia Star by the HKSAR Government in 2000 and 2008 respectively. In 1997, Dr Fong was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Civil Law by the University of Kent, where he is currently an Honorary Professor and Member of the Advisory Committee of the Kent Business School. He was conferred the title of Honorary Fellow by the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and the Hong Kong Securities and Investment Institute in 2011 and 2014 respectively.


    Prof. C F Lee
    Prof. Lee Chack-fan, GBS, JP (Doctor of Science, honoris causa)

    Prof. Lee Chack-fan is the Chancellor of Hong Kong Chu Hai College of Higher Education and a Vice-Chairman of its Board of Governors, as well as the former Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of Hong Kong (HKU).

    A renowned expert in geotechnical engineering and hydropower, Prof. Lee graduated from HKU with a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in 1968 and 1970 respectively. He received his PhD in geotechnical engineering from the University of Western Ontario in Canada in 1972.

    Prof. Lee has years of experience in university management and administration. After obtaining his PhD, Prof. Lee stayed in Canada and taught at the University of Western Ontario and the University of Toronto. He later joined the Ontario Hydro in Canada and was general manager of the engineering department of the company before returning to Hong Kong to serve his alma mater in 1994. Prof. Lee has served some very important roles at HKU, including Chair Professor of Geotechnical Engineering and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (2001-2008). He was subsequently appointed Director of HKU School of Professional and Continuing Education and retired from the role in June 2015. Prof. Lee is currently Director of Jao Tsung-I Petite Ecole of HKU.

    Prof. Lee has participated in many infrastructure projects in China for hydroelectric stations, nuclear power plants, and bridges, including the Three Gorges project and the Daya Bay project. Over the years, Prof. Lee has served as technical advisor to the World Bank, United Nations Development Plan, Asian Development Bank, International Atomic Energy Agency and Canadian International Development Agency. Prof. Lee has published over 280 papers in international academic journals and 16 books. In addition to academic works, Prof. Lee is also a writer of Chinese prose, spiritual essays and general knowledge books.

    He has been very devoted to serving the Hong Kong public with numerous roles, including as the past Chairman of the Veterinary Surgeons Board of Hong Kong, Harbour-front Enhancement Committee and Council of the Lord Wilson Heritage Trust, and as a former member of the Cultural and Heritage Commission, Research Grants Council and Board of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority. He is currently a member of the Commission on Strategic Development and Honorary Advisor for the Fu Hui Charity Foundation.

    Prof. Lee has received many prestigious awards for his contributions to society and academic achievements. In 2001, he was awarded the K Y Lo Medal by the Engineering Institute of Canada. He was elected a Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy of Engineering Science and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering in 2001 and 2002 respectively, and an Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering in 2003. He was also honoured as a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar in 2005, and with a Gold Medal by the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers in 2009 and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. Prof. Lee was conferred an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws by the University of Western Ontario in 2006, and honorary degrees of Doctor of Science by the University of Portsmouth (2012), Edinburgh Napier University (2012) and University of Macau (2014). He was appointed a Justice of the Peace in 2003, and received the Silver Bauhinia Star and the Gold Bauhinia Star from the HKSAR Government in 2005 and 2013 respectively.
     

    About the OUHK:

    Established by the Government in 1989, The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK) has developed into a full-fledged university providing high quality and flexible university education at various levels to secondary school graduates and working adults. As a dynamic and innovative university, the OUHK currently offers about 226 programmes to nearly 10,000 full-time students and about 9,500 part-time students. Our mission is to advance learning, knowledge and research that meet students’ learning aspirations and society’s talent needs, focusing on practical and professional programmes.

    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 which includes the Division of Nursing and Health Studies. The Li Ka Shing Institute of Professional and Continuing Education offers overseas degree programmes and short courses. OUHK website: www.ouhk.edu.hk

     
       
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    Press Release 

     
      OUHK to confer four outstanding personages 18/10/2017
       
     
    The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK) will confer honorary doctorates to four distinguished leaders at its 26th Congregation to be held on 12 December 2017 in recognition of their outstanding achievements and exceptional contributions to the society.

    The recipients are: Dr the Honourable Elsie Leung Oi-sie, Dr the Honourable Bernard Charnwut Chan, Dr Eddy Fong Ching, and Prof. Lee Chack-fan. The 26th Congregation and the conferment of Honorary Degrees will be held at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium in Wan Chai.

    Brief profiles of the four recipients are as follows:
    Picture content


    Dr The Hon Elsie Leung

     

    Dr the Honourable Elsie Leung Oi-sie, GBM, JP (Doctor of Letters, honoris causa)

    Dr the Honourable Elsie Leung Oi-sie is a Deputy Director of the HKSAR Basic Law Committee under the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), and the first Secretary for Justice of the HKSAR.

    A locally educated professional, Dr Leung studied at St Claire's Girls’ School and later Sacred Heart Canossian College during her teens and passed the Matriculation Examinations in 1961. Dr Leung passed her Law Society Qualifying Examinations and completed her Articles of Clerkship in 1967 to become a solicitor before starting practice in 1968. She was the 16th woman to be admitted as a Hong Kong solicitor, with a keen interest in women’s and children’s causes. Dr Leung later obtained an LLM degree from the University of Hong Kong in 1988. Between 1993-1997, Dr Leung worked for a local law firm Iu, Lai & Li Solicitors, specializing in family law and China trade.

    Dr Leung has devoted much of her time to facilitating legal exchanges between Hong Kong and the mainland. She began to build close ties with the mainland authorities through her service as a delegate to the Guangdong Provincial People's Congress from 1989 to 1993, and as a delegate to the 8th NPC from 1993 to 1997. She was appointed a Hong Kong affairs advisor in 1994 advising the Chief Executive Designate of the HKSAR on legal matters relating to establishment of the HKSAR. Before her appointment as Secretary for Justice, Dr Leung served on various government boards and committees, including the Independent Police Complaints Council, Equal Opportunities Commission, Social Welfare Advisory Committee and Inland Revenue Board of Review.

    As the first Secretary for Justice of the HKSAR from 1997 to 2005, Dr Leung played a pivotal role in ensuring the smooth transition of the territory from colonial rule back to Chinese sovereignty. She actively promoted the development of the legal profession as well as the co-operation between Hong Kong lawyers and their mainland counterparts. During her term of office as a Council Member of the Association of China-Appointed Attesting Officers, she helped set up an appointment system built on merits and examination.

    After retiring from the position of Secretary of Justice in late 2005, she was appointed a Deputy Director of the HKSAR Basic Law Committee. Dr Leung resumed private practice in late 2006 and she is now a Consultant of Iu, Lai & Li Solicitors & Notaries, a notary public, a China-appointed attesting officer and a member of the Panel of Arbitrators of the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission. Dr Leung maintained her passion for public and community service by taking up the roles of honorary legal adviser or member in many non-governmental organizations, including the Hong Kong Federation of Women Lawyers, Hong Kong Federation of Women, and Our Hong Kong Foundation, etc. She is a former International President of the International Federation of Women Lawyers and its Life Member and an Honorary Member of the Hong Kong Federation of Women Lawyers, the Law Society of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Society of Notaries.

    Dr Leung was appointed a Justice of the Peace by the British colonial government in Hong Kong in 1981, and was awarded the Grand Bauhinia Medal by the HKSAR Government in 2002. She was conferred honorary degrees of Doctor of Laws by China University of Political Science and Law (2004), University of Warwick (2005), Shue Yan University (2010) and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (2011), and an honorary degree of Doctor of Social Sciences by the University of Hong Kong (2016).
     


    Dr. The Hon Bernard Charnwut Chan

     

    Dr the Honourable Bernard Charnwut Chan, GBS, JP (Doctor of Business Administration, honoris causa)

    Dr the Honourable Bernard Charnwut Chan is the President of the Asia Financial Group and its subsidiary Asia Insurance Co Ltd. He has served as the Convenor of the non-official members of the HKSAR’s Executive Council since July 2017.

    Born into a prominent Thai-Chinese family in Hong Kong, Dr Chan was educated locally before finishing high school in the US. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art from Pomona College in California in 1988. After graduation, Dr Chan served for an investment bank in New York before returning to Hong Kong to work for his family’s privately held investment company and then the publicly listed Asia Financial Holdings. He is also the Chairman of the Hong Kong–Thailand Business Council, an advisor to Bangkok Bank (China) Co Ltd, a Director of Alibaba Entrepreneurs Fund (Hong Kong), and a member of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority Exchange Fund Advisory Committee as well as the Financial Leaders Forum.

    The diagnosis of a rare vascular disease at the age of 18 made Dr Chan decide to make the best of his life and devote himself to community work. He pays attention in particular to welfare, quality of life and education, and tries to build bridges between the business world and welfare sector. He is concerned about quality of life issues that keep Hong Kong attractive not just as a business centre but also a home for its international population. Dr Chan is also an ardent supporter of his wife’s work in running an ‘alternative’ private school for children with special needs.

    Among his business successes are the formation in 1999 of Bank Consortium Trust (a joint venture of nine Hong Kong institutions) to provide Mandatory Provident Fund services and the sale of Asia Financial Holdings’ subsidiary Asia Commercial Bank in 2006 at the highest price-to-book value for a bank of similar size in Hong Kong.

    Dr Chan is a deputy to the National People’s Congress of the People's Republic of China, a non-official member of the HKSAR’s Executive Council (2004-2009 and from 2012) and a former member of the HKSAR’s Legislative Council (1998-2008) representing the insurance industry.

    He is the Chairman of the Committee on Reduction of Salt and Sugar in Food, Steering Committee on Restored Landfill Revitalization Funding Scheme and The Jockey Club CPS Ltd Advisory Committee, Chairperson of the Hong Kong Council of Social Service, a Board Member of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority and a trustee of Pomona College. Past positions include Chairman of the Council for Sustainable Development, Antiquities Advisory Board, Advisory Committee on Revitalization of Historic Buildings, Standing Committee on Disciplined Services Salaries and Conditions of Service, Standing Committee on Judicial Salaries and Conditions of Service as well as Council of Lingnan University. He was also the Vice Chairman of the Council of Oxfam Hong Kong, and is the Chairman of its annual fund-raising Trailwalker event’s Advisory Committee.

    Among the accolades that Dr Chan received were a Ten Outstanding Young Persons Award in 1999 and the appointment as a Justice of the Peace in 2002. He was appointed a Commander (3rd Class) of the Most Noble Order of the Crown of Thailand in 2004. He was awarded the Gold Bauhinia Star by the HKSAR Government in 2006. In 2015, Dr Chan was conferred an honorary degree of Doctor of Humanities by Lingnan University and an honorary degree of Doctor of Social Science by City University of Hong Kong. In 2016, he was made an Honorary Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Architectural Conservationists and Honorary Professor in the Division of Architectural Conservation Programmes under the Faculty of Architecture of The University of Hong Kong.

     

    Dr. Eddy Fong
    Dr Eddy Fong Ching, GBS, JP (Doctor of Social Sciences, honoris causa)

    Dr Eddy Fong Ching is the former Chairman of the Council of The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK) and the former Non-Executive Chairman of the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC).

    Dr Fong graduated from the University of Kent in the UK with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences. He has been a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales since 1972 and a member of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants since 1973. Prior to joining the SFC as a Non-Executive Director in 2005, Dr Fong was a Senior Audit Partner with PwC specializing in capital market work in Hong Kong and mainland China until his retirement in 2003. He was the SFC’s Non-Executive Chairman from 2006 to 2012.

    Apart from pursuing a vigorous professional career, Dr Fong has been actively involved in public and community services. He has played an instrumental role in maintaining Hong Kong’s regulatory landscape and strengthening the city’s status as an international financial centre.

    Dr Fong has been the Chairman of the Process Review Panel in relation to the Regulation of Mandatory Provident Fund Intermediaries since November 2013, and is an Independent Non-Executive Director of the MTR Corporation Limited, Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) Limited and Standard Chartered Bank (China) Limited.

    Dr Fong was appointed a member of the Council of the OUHK in August 2003 and became its Treasurer in June 2004. He took up the chairmanship of the OUHK Council in June 2009 and retired from it in June 2016 after serving the University for 13 years. The OUHK has scaled new heights during his tenure, with the number of full-time students increasing from 300 to over 9,000 between 2003 and 2016, and the completion of its Phase II Campus at Ho Man Tin in 2008. Other milestones included the relocation of the Li Ka Shing Institute of Professional and Continuing Education from Sheung Wan to the more spacious Kwai Hing Learning Centre in 2013, and the opening of the Jubilee College at Jockey Club Campus in 2014. He contributed much effort to the University’s success in getting a Government land grant in December 2016 for its forthcoming Sheung Shing Street Campus to build a new complex, which will be named OUHK Jockey Club Institute of Healthcare upon its completion in 2020.

    Dr Fong has led the University to take proactive steps to diversify its sources of revenue and develop market-driven academic programmes that meet the community’s needs, while adhering steadfastly to financial prudence to minimize costs and maximize efficiency without compromising the quality of teaching and service.

    Dr Fong was appointed a Justice of the Peace in Hong Kong in 1996 and was awarded the Silver Bauhinia Star and the Gold Bauhinia Star by the HKSAR Government in 2000 and 2008 respectively. In 1997, Dr Fong was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Civil Law by the University of Kent, where he is currently an Honorary Professor and Member of the Advisory Committee of the Kent Business School. He was conferred the title of Honorary Fellow by the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and the Hong Kong Securities and Investment Institute in 2011 and 2014 respectively.


    Prof. C F Lee
    Prof. Lee Chack-fan, GBS, JP (Doctor of Science, honoris causa)

    Prof. Lee Chack-fan is the Chancellor of Hong Kong Chu Hai College of Higher Education and a Vice-Chairman of its Board of Governors, as well as the former Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of Hong Kong (HKU).

    A renowned expert in geotechnical engineering and hydropower, Prof. Lee graduated from HKU with a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in 1968 and 1970 respectively. He received his PhD in geotechnical engineering from the University of Western Ontario in Canada in 1972.

    Prof. Lee has years of experience in university management and administration. After obtaining his PhD, Prof. Lee stayed in Canada and taught at the University of Western Ontario and the University of Toronto. He later joined the Ontario Hydro in Canada and was general manager of the engineering department of the company before returning to Hong Kong to serve his alma mater in 1994. Prof. Lee has served some very important roles at HKU, including Chair Professor of Geotechnical Engineering and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (2001-2008). He was subsequently appointed Director of HKU School of Professional and Continuing Education and retired from the role in June 2015. Prof. Lee is currently Director of Jao Tsung-I Petite Ecole of HKU.

    Prof. Lee has participated in many infrastructure projects in China for hydroelectric stations, nuclear power plants, and bridges, including the Three Gorges project and the Daya Bay project. Over the years, Prof. Lee has served as technical advisor to the World Bank, United Nations Development Plan, Asian Development Bank, International Atomic Energy Agency and Canadian International Development Agency. Prof. Lee has published over 280 papers in international academic journals and 16 books. In addition to academic works, Prof. Lee is also a writer of Chinese prose, spiritual essays and general knowledge books.

    He has been very devoted to serving the Hong Kong public with numerous roles, including as the past Chairman of the Veterinary Surgeons Board of Hong Kong, Harbour-front Enhancement Committee and Council of the Lord Wilson Heritage Trust, and as a former member of the Cultural and Heritage Commission, Research Grants Council and Board of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority. He is currently a member of the Commission on Strategic Development and Honorary Advisor for the Fu Hui Charity Foundation.

    Prof. Lee has received many prestigious awards for his contributions to society and academic achievements. In 2001, he was awarded the K Y Lo Medal by the Engineering Institute of Canada. He was elected a Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy of Engineering Science and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering in 2001 and 2002 respectively, and an Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering in 2003. He was also honoured as a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar in 2005, and with a Gold Medal by the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers in 2009 and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. Prof. Lee was conferred an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws by the University of Western Ontario in 2006, and honorary degrees of Doctor of Science by the University of Portsmouth (2012), Edinburgh Napier University (2012) and University of Macau (2014). He was appointed a Justice of the Peace in 2003, and received the Silver Bauhinia Star and the Gold Bauhinia Star from the HKSAR Government in 2005 and 2013 respectively.
     

    About the OUHK:

    Established by the Government in 1989, The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK) has developed into a full-fledged university providing high quality and flexible university education at various levels to secondary school graduates and working adults. As a dynamic and innovative university, the OUHK currently offers about 226 programmes to nearly 10,000 full-time students and about 9,500 part-time students. Our mission is to advance learning, knowledge and research that meet students’ learning aspirations and society’s talent needs, focusing on practical and professional programmes.

    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 which includes the Division of Nursing and Health Studies. The Li Ka Shing Institute of Professional and Continuing Education offers overseas degree programmes and short courses. OUHK website: www.ouhk.edu.hk

     
       
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