HKUST awards honorary scholarships to five distinguished personalities

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Five distinguished personalities, Mr. Raymond CHAN Wai-Man, Ms. Yvette FUNG YEH Yi-Hao, Ms. Margaret LEE Pui-Man, Dr. Daryl NG Win-Kong and Prof. YU Tongxi received Honorary Scholarships from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) today. Mr. Andrew LIAO Cheung-Sing, Chairman of the Board of HKUST, and Prof. Wei SHYY, Chairman of HKUST, officiated at the ceremony.

At the ceremony: (from left to right) the Chairman of the Board of HKUST, Mr. Andrew Liao Cheung-Sing, the five honorary members Mr. Raymond Chan, Ms. Yvette Fung Yeh, Ms. Margaret Lee, Dr. Daryl Ng, the Professor Yu Tongxi and HKUST Chairman Prof. Wei Shyy.

The President of the Council, Mr. LIAO Cheung-Sing, congratulated the five recipients for their remarkable achievements, their contribution to society as well as their support to the University. “Our five new honorary members are not only renowned leaders in their respective professional fields – ranging from management, business to education and culture, but are also local dignitaries committed to contributing to the community at large. . These are inspirations for the younger generation, ”he said.

The President, Prof. Wei SHYY, also extended his congratulations and thanked them for their support to the University: “All of our five honorary members are long-time supporters of HKUST. They gave of their time, expert advice and, in some cases, donations that have greatly benefited the University on a variety of fronts. I hope their leadership and spirit will continue to inspire our students to work for a better world.

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HKUST President Prof. Wei Shyy (first from right) delivers the opening speech at the ceremony.

Mr. Raymond CHAN is the President of the Shaw Foundation Hong Kong (SFHK). After graduating in the UK he returned to the city and worked as an architect before joining the Shaw Group in 1994. He is now responsible for funding major projects in the fields of health, education and the arts. Among all of SFHK’s philanthropic initiatives, the HK $ 150 million donation to HKUST for its construction of a new multi-purpose Shaw Auditorium is particularly important to Mr. Chan, who believes that the arts and culture exhibition presents a huge benefits for those who study technology and science. As President of the Shaw Prize Foundation, Mr. Chan is also actively interested in honoring global researchers who have made significant advancements in fields such as astronomy, life sciences and medicine, and the sciences. mathematics. The Shaw Prize has grown in importance over the years and has become a platform for international academic exchange.

Ms. Yvette FUNG YEH was born into a family of entrepreneurs who founded Hsin Chong, one of Hong Kong’s leading construction and property management companies until the late 2000s. She is the President of Yeh Family Philanthropy Limited (YFP) – a platform for future generations to share the conviction of the family to pay it forward. In 2013, YFP launched a Social Entrepreneurship and Corporate Philanthropy course for MBA students at HKUST Business School, and then launched a Nurturing Social Minds program for students at HKUST and other local universities. Appointed a Member of the HKUST Court of Justice in 2004, Ms. Fung Yeh began to use her business knowledge to help promote the University’s interest and raise funds. She subsequently held a number of other functions at HKUST, including serving as a Board member, as well as a member of the Institutional Promotion and Outreach Committee and the Board Honorary Awards Committee.

Ms Margaret LEE, Senior Managing Director of Portfolio Leasing at Henderson Land Development, is the eldest daughter of the founder of Henderson Land, Dr LEE Shau-Kee. Evolving her father’s philanthropic vision, Ms. Lee plays an active role in making the activities of the Lee Shau Kee Foundation (LSKF) happen by organizing scholarships and educational initiatives. LSKF is a generous supporter of HKUST and has donated nearly HK $ 600 million to the University since 2005. Our library, campus and commercial building are all named in honor of Dr Lee. In 2016, with Ms. Lee’s instrumental support at HKUST, LSKF made another generous donation to help fund the university’s future innovation building. She is currently an Honorary Member of the Court and a member of the Institutional Advancement and Outreach Committee (IAOC) at HKUST.

Dr Daryl NG is vice chairman of Sino group and chairman of food and beverage conglomerate Yeo Hiap Seng. As a strong advocate for sustainability and innovation, he has made many contributions to society through the Ng Teng Fong Charitable Foundation (TFCF), which to date includes a $ 2 billion donation. to support a wide range of heritage conservation causes, financial assistance to around 300 local NGOs and universities as well as scholarships. Dr Ng established the Hong Kong Innovation Foundation (HKIF) in 2018 to help promote innovation and technology, and launched the Spirit of Hong Kong Awards in 2013 to recognize unsung heroes. Dr Ng received the Silver Bauhinia Star from the government of the Hong Kong SAR and the Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite from the French President in recognition of his commitment and contribution. As a strong supporter of HKUST, Sino Group has supported several scholarship programs and events, including HeadStart @ HKUST, as well as the HKUST Million Dollar Entrepreneurship Competition, of which the group is the main sponsor.

Professor YU Tongxi is an authoritative figure on impact dynamics and plasticity. In 1995, he began his long career with the young HKUST. After being a full professor and head of the mechanical engineering department, he held various key management positions, including that of associate vice-president (research and development) of the University. Professor Yu has received numerous academic accolades throughout his career, including the Doctor of Science degree from Cambridge University and the prestigious China Higher Education Science and Technology Award (first class). The highlight of Professor Yu’s quarter-century service at HKUST is undoubtedly the establishment of the Fok Ying Tung Graduate School (FYTGS) in Nansha, Guangzhou, where he was the founding dean. Although he retired in 2010, he continued to publish articles and held various positions at HKUST, including that of Senior Advisor to the President. He is now the University’s Emeritus Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

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Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) (https://hkust.edu.hk/) is a world-class research-intensive university that focuses on science, technology and business as well as the humanities and social sciences. HKUST offers an international campus and holistic, interdisciplinary pedagogy to produce well-rounded graduates with a global vision, strong entrepreneurial spirit and innovative thinking. Over 80% of our research was rated “Internationally Excellent” or “World Leader” in the Hong Kong University Grants Committee 2020 Research Assessment Exercise. We were ranked 3rd in the 2021 Times Higher Education Young Universities Rankings, and our graduates were ranked 26th globally and among the best universities in Asia in the Global University Employability Survey 2020.

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