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Lingnan University to Confer Honorary Fellowship on Three Distinguished Individuals

19 Nov 2007

Lingnan University ("Lingnan" or "the University") will hold the Honorary Fellowship Presentation Ceremony 2006 – 2007 on 27 November 2007 (Tuesday). This year, Lingnan conferred the honorary fellowship on three distinguished individuals, namely Dr Stephen CHOW Chun-kay, Mr Edmund LEUNG Kwong-ho and Mr WONG Kai-man, in recognition of their outstanding accomplishments and remarkable contributions in the economy, social welfare and educational development. The Treasurer of the Council, Mr YEUNG Kai-cheung Patrick, was presided over the Ceremony. Other honourable guests including the President of the University, Prof CHAN Yuk-shee and The Rt Reverend Dr Thomas SOO have attended the Ceremony.

Following is a brief introduction on the three Honorary Fellows

Dr Stephen CHOW Chun-kay, BBS, JP

Dr Stephen CHOW Chun-kay is the Founder and Chairman of Niche-Tech Corporation and Chows Electronics Group. Chows Electronics is the principal supplier of ultrasonic aluminum bonding wire in the world, specializes in the manufacturing and R&D of high-technology raw materials. Dr Chow has been active in public service, serving the community in various capacities such as the President of the board of directors of Tung Wah Group of Hospitals in 2001-2002. He was awarded the Bronze Bauhinia Star by the HKSAR Government in 2002 to pay tribute to his significant contributions to the society, and was also appointed a Justice of the Peace in 2004. Dr Chow is currently a Member of the Guangdong Provincial Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, the Vice-President of Chiu Chow Chamber of Commerce, the Founding President of Chinese Entrepreneurs Organization, a member of the Social Welfare Advisory Committee of the HKSAR government, a Court Member of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and a member of Court and Council of Lingnan.

In addition to serving as council and court member of two universities and making donations to charities, Dr Chow had been the Chairman of Lions Education Foundation for many years and is the Founding School Supervisor of Lions College. Dr Chow also engages himself in the promotion of culture and traditional art. The Cantonese Opera Development Fund chaired by Dr Chow has allocated more than ten million dollars in promoting and developing Cantonese Opera. Dr Chow is now the Chairman of the Cantonese Opera Advisory Committee of the Home Affairs Bureau of Hong Kong, the Chairman of Executive Committee on Cantonese Opera Development Fund, a member of the Consultative Committee on the Core Arts and Cultural Facilities of the West Kowloon Cultural District.

Mr Edmund LEUNG Kwong-ho, OBE, JP

Mr Edmund LEUNG Kwong-ho has had a long and distinguished career in engineering. He had spent most of his career in the construction industry, involving with many of the major railway and highway tunnel projects in Hong Kong. After which, he continued to lead and manage various other major transport infrastructure projects, providing safe and efficient systems for the benefit of the Hong Kong community.

His record of professional services for the engineering sector is also extensive and impressive. His professional services in engineering include the President of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers for the year 1995/96, Vice Chairman of the Hong Kong Engineers’ Registration Board for 1998/99, Chairman of the Hong Kong Branch of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers from 1997 to 2000, Council Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in the UK from 2005 to 2007, and Honorary Secretary of the Hong Kong Academy of Engineering Sciences from 2000 to 2002. He has also been appointed Adjunct Professor of the Department of Building Services Engineering at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University as from 2005, and presently the Chairman of the Advisory Committee of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, also of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Outside the engineering circle, Mr Leung is also very active in the Hong Kong Institute of Directors, presently serving as a Deputy Chairman and strongly promoting good corporate governance for both private and public organizations.

Mr Leung's present commitments to public service include Board Member of the Airport Authority, the Town Planning Board and the Energy Advisory Committee. Currently as Chairman of the Energy Advisory Committee, he is helping to promote energy conservation and efficient use of energy. After his retirement in 2003, he now serves as an Advisor to Parsons Brinckerhoff (Asia) Ltd, among other commitments.

For Lingnan University, Mr Leung had been a Council Member from 1999 to 2006. He was also a member of the Campus and Development Committee and assisted in the planning and execution of the new campus and the sports stadium.

Mr Wong Kai-man, BBS, JP

Mr Wong Kai-man is well-known for his outstanding and dedicated services to the accounting profession, to the business sector, and to the community in general in Hong Kong. He was to stay with Coopers, now renamed PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), for a career spanning 32 years, starting out as a trainee accountant and becoming a partner with management responsibility. In 2001, he became a member of the management board of PwC Hong Kong/China. In this capacity, he was part of the team managing PwC in Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland, which is the largest professional firm in Hong Kong/China.

While pursuing his career as an accountant, he maintains a deep interest in the field of education, and has recently been an Honorary Associate Professor of the School of Business at the University of Hong Kong. He has also served on the Court of the University of Hong Kong.

Mr Wong has been prominent in the service of the business community in Hong Kong through his professional expertise. Mr Wong has also been active in serving the Hong Kong community as a whole. He is presently a member of several advisory and statutory bodies, such as The Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation, the Hospital Governing Committee of the Haven of Hope Hospital and Barrister Disciplinary Tribunal. He currently serves on the board of directors of several charities, including World Vision Hong Kong, the Haven of Hope Christian Service and the HKUGA (HKU Graduate Association) Education Foundation, and is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Li & Fung (1906) Foundation Ltd., a charity foundation established by Dr Victor FUNG and Dr William FUNG of the Li & Fung Group.

Mr Wong is also a long-standing friend of Lingnan, and has taken a deep interest in the University's mission as a liberal arts institution. This culminated in his serving as a member of the University Council between 1999 and 2006. During which time, he served in various committees of the Council.