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Institutional Advancement

2010

Topping out ceremony of “Simon and Eleanor Kwok Building” at Lingnan University

The topping out ceremony of “Simon and Eleanor Kwok Building” was held on 30 November 2010. The new academic building has been named in appreciation of the generous donation of $20 million by Dr Simon Kwok Siu-ming, Chairman and CEO of SaSa International Holdings Limited and his wife Dr Eleanor Kwok in 2008 for the development of liberal arts education at the University.

At the ceremony, University Treasurer Mr Ben Wong said education plays an important role in society's development and provides a nurturing ground for future leaders. He thanked the donors for their gift, which has helped Lingnan to foster outstanding students in an excellent learning environment.

President Prof Chan Yuk-Shee thanked the donors for their staunch support and was glad to celebrate the topping out of the new academic building with them together. He said, “With the construction of the Simon and Eleanor Kwok Building, we shall have more study facilities on campus as well as a new teaching and learning environment for the Faculty of Business.”

With a firm belief in education as the cornerstone for society’s progress, Dr Kwok was glad that his donation has helped the University to move towards another milestone in its development. He said, “As an entrepreneur, I am sure Lingnan’s liberal arts education will nurture outstanding, caring and responsible citizens for society.”

Located adjacent to the existing campus and near Fu Tai Estate, the Simon and Eleanor Kwok Building is built on a 4,674-square metre site and has a gross floor area of 5,178 square metres. It is scheduled for completion in late 2011 and will be linked to the main campus by a pedestrian footbridge. The new academic block will provide lecture rooms, a computer laboratory and student activity areas. It adopts a number of environmentally friendly and energy-efficient features, such as automatic light switching, solar lighting, energy retrieval and rainwater collection for irrigation systems.

Officiating guests at the topping out ceremony included: Dr Simon Kwok Siu-ming; Dr Eleanor Kwok; Prof Chan Yuk-Shee, President of the University; Mr Ben Wong, Treasurer of the University; and Mr Patrick Ma Ching-hang, Chairman of the University’s Institutional Advancement Committee.

Topping out ceremony of “Simon and Eleanor Kwok Building” at Lingnan University (from left) Mr Patrick Ma Ching-hang, President Chan Yuk-Shee, Dr Simon Kwok Siu-ming, Dr Eleanor Kwok and Mr Ben Wong officiating at the topping out ceremony of “Simon and Eleanor Kwok Building”.   

 




 

Dr Tin Ka-ping sponsors Lingnan U's Mainland educators exchange programme

Twelve mainland scholars and senior administrators were at Lingnan University in November 2010 for a one-week exchange programme. During their stay, they met with staff of Lingnan’s academic departments and administrative units as well as participated in student activities to gain a better understanding of the University’s liberal arts education.

The exchange programme is a philanthropic act of Dr Tin Ka-ping who is a staunch supporter of Lingnan’s liberal arts education. He donated HK$3 million to the University in 2008 which became HK$6 million with the government’s matching grant. The University subsequently set up the Tin Ka Ping Education Fund to finance the exchange programme with the aim to promote liberal arts education in Mainland China.

Ten institutions participated in the programme this year. They included Fudan University, China Three Gorges University, Guandong University of Education, Hainan University, Hubei University, Jiaying University, Shanghai Finance University, Sichuan Normal University, South China University of Technology and Southwestern University of Finance and Economics.  
Tin Ka-ping exchange programme Dr Tin Ka-ping (7th from left), President Chan Yuk-Shee (6th from left), Mr Tin Wing-sin (left), Director of Tin Ka-ping Foundation, and the Mainland scholars and senior administrators.























 

 "Walking with Lingnanians” Fundraising Walkathon 

  
The “Walking with Lingnanians” fundraising walkathon was held on 24 October 2010 on the Peak. Officiating guests of the kick-off ceremony for the walkathon included: Mr Michael Suen Ming-yeung, Secretary for Education; Mr Bernard Chan, Council Chairman of the University; Ms Sophia Kao, Deputy Council Chairman of the University; Mr Patrick Ma Ching-hang, Chairman of the University’s Institutional Advancement Committee; and Prof Chan Yuk-shee, President of the University.

Around 1,000 students, teachers, staff, alumni, Council members and friends of the University participated in the walkathon, enjoying the scenery while strolling from Harlech Road to Lugard Road. With the support of Lingnanians and friends, the walkathon has raised over $1.7 million for the University to strengthen its whole-person education. The amount will be counted in the University’s application for the Government’s 5th Matching Grant.

Mr Bernard Chan said, “Taking place outside Tuen Mun, the walkathon on the Peak has special significance to Lingnanians. I hope the event could help promote Lingnan University and its liberal arts education to more members of the community. I firmly believe that Lingnan University will continue to scale new heights and become the best liberal arts university in the region.”

President Prof Chan Yuk-Shee thanked Mr Suen for his participation. He said the University had raised funds to build a new student hostel this year, thereby achieving the target of full-residence in the 2012/13 academic year. He felt most heartened that the walkathon had received staunch support from Lingnanians and the community.

Souvenirs were presented to sponsors, top individual, family and group fundraisers as well as the team with the highest number of participants. Sponsors included Mr and Mrs Ben Wong; Li & Fung (1906) Foundation Ltd; Hang Tung Resources Holding Ltd; Che Foong Woollen Co. Ltd; Dr Maggie Koong and Four Seas Mercantile Holdings Ltd. 
 
  Kick-off ceremony : (from left) Mr Matthew Mo, Director of Office of Institutional Advancement & Public Affairs; Mr Patrick Ma Ching-hang, Chairman of Institutional Advancement Committee; Ms Sophia Kao, Deputy Council Chairman; Mr Wong Kai-man, Li & Fung (1906) Foundation Ltd; Mr Ben Wong, major sponsor; Mr Bernard Chan, Council Chairman; Mr Michael Suen Ming-yeung, Secretary for Education; Prof Chan Yuk-Shee, President; Prof Jesús Seade, Vice-President; Mr Irons Sze, Hang Tung Resources Holding Ltd and Ms Karen Tang, Council member. 
 

Individual: Highest amount of donation
Champion: Ms Sophia Kao
First Runner-up: Dr Fleming Woo
Second Runner-up: Dr Alison Chan, Mr Andrew Fung, Ms Leonie Ki, The Most Revd Dr Paul Kwong, Dr Wong Hoo Chuen, Dr Wong Shek Wah

Family: Highest amount of donation
Mr Henry Sam

Team: Highest amount of donation
Champion: Lingnan Secondary School Parents-Teachers’ Association
First Runner-up: Hong Kong Police Force (Tuen Mun District)
Second Runner-up: Kwong Sun Hong Ltd, The Chinese Christian Universities Alumni Association (CCUAA) HK

Team: Highest number of participants
Champion: Li & Fung (1906) Foundation Ltd
First Runner-up: LU Sports Team
Second Runner-up: Lingnan Hang Yee Memorial Secondary School 

Groundbreaking Ceremony of the New Lingnan University Student Hostel Donated by The Hong Kong Jockey Club

Lingnan University held the groundbreaking ceremony of the construction of The Jockey Club New Hall on 2 September 2010, the new student hostel donated by The Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC). The new student hostel marks an important milestone in Lingnan’s development, helping the University accomplish its goal of providing 100% residence for undergraduates by 2012/13.

The new student hostel is made possible by the generous donation of HK$85 million from The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust (the Trust). The hostel will provide 400 residential places.

Officiating at the ceremony, Mr Bernard Chan, the University’s Council Chairman thanked HKJC’s staunch support. He remarked, “With the concerted efforts of academics, students, and the unfailing support given by our stakeholders, Lingnan has all the potential to be the best liberal arts institution in the region.” (from left) Mr Patrick Ma Ching-Hang, Chairman of  the University’s Institutional Advancement Committee; Mr Douglas So, Executive Director of HKJC Charities; Mr Bernard Chan, Chairman of the University Council;  Mr T Brian Stevenson, Chairman of  HKJC; Professor Chan Yuk-Shee, President of the University; and Mr Patrick Yeung Kai-Cheung, Treasurer of the University Council officiating at the groundbreaking ceremony. (from left) Mr Patrick Ma Ching-Hang, Chairman of  the University’s Institutional Advancement Committee; Mr Douglas So, Executive Director of HKJC Charities; Mr Bernard Chan, Chairman of the University Council;  Mr T Brian Stevenson, Chairman of  HKJC; Professor Chan Yuk-Shee, President of the University; and Mr Patrick Yeung Kai-Cheung, Treasurer of the University Council officiating at the groundbreaking ceremony.
 


The Hong Kong Jockey Club's newly-elected Chairman, Mr T Brian Stevenson said that HKJC had a long history of contributing to Hong Kong's educational development. In recent years especially, it had invested substantially in higher education, believing that nurturing future leaders was critical to the city's future success and sustainability.

President Chan Yuk-Shee also expressed gratitude to the Trust for its generous donation, which helps the University address the needs and challenges that come with the liberal arts model and the 2012 new curriculum. He said that the new hostel places not only enable the University to nurture students with independent thinking, adaptability, a sense of responsibility and an international vision, but also support the University’s internationalization drive by allowing more students to benefit from hostel life that fosters whole person development.

Also officiating at the groundbreaking ceremony were Mr Douglas So, Executive Director, Charities, The Hong Kong Jockey Club; Mr Patrick Yeung Kai-Cheung, Treasurer, the University Council; and Mr Patrick Ma Ching-Hang, Chairman, the University’s Institutional Advancement Committee.

Built on a site area of 1,700 square metres, construction floor area of 9,570 square metres, The Jockey Club New Hall is expected to be completed by the end of 2012. There are currently 6 student hostels on campus providing 1,500 residential places, and the academic block adjacent to the existing campus due to be completed at the end of 2011, will increase the number of residential places to 2,100.
 

Lingnan University Receives Generous Donations of HK$20 million from Dr Wong Hoo Chuen and Wu Jieh Yee Charitable Foundation in Support of the Construction of Student Hostels

Lingnan University receives generous donations of HK$20 million from Dr Wong Hoo Chuen and the Wu Jieh Yee Charitable Foundation in support of the construction of new student hostels at the University. The hostels will be named according to the wish of them respectively.

Sharing the vision of the University in liberal arts education, Dr Wong and Governor of the Wu Jieh Yee Charitable Foundation, Dr Patrick Wu Po Kong, JP hope their initiatives of making the donations could enrich hostel life on campus and assist the University to attain 100% residential rate by 2012 under 3+3+4 academic reform. Besides, they also wish to encourage more generous support from alumni, philanthropists and the society that could motivate the whole-person development of Lingnanians.

Campus life, especially hostel life, is regarded as an essential part of liberal arts education. Currently, 65% of the University’s undergraduates live on campus. The new student hostels donated by Dr Wong and Wu Jieh Yee Charitable Foundation will offer additional 600 places and be completed by 2011. The University is also planning to build another 400-place student hostel on the campus in order to reach 100% full residence by 2012.