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HKU to hold Honorary University Fellowships Presentation Ceremony 2021

September 10, 2021

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The University of Hong Kong (HKU) will confer Honorary University Fellowships on three distinguished individuals in recognition of their contributions to the University and society.

They are:
Mr Anthony CHEUNG Kee Wee
Mr LEONG Ka Chai
Professor Philip WONG Hon Sum

In addition to Mr George Joseph HO, Mr LO Sheung Yan, Dr Norman SZE Nung Chi, and Mr Henry WAI Wing Kun announced earlier, HKU will confer Honorary University Fellowships on seven distinguished individuals this year.  

As one of the University's valued traditions since 1995, the Honorary University Fellowships are awarded to individuals in recognition of their contributions to the University and the community. To date, the University has honoured 161 Fellows.

An Honorary University Fellowships Presentation Ceremony will be held on September 29 (Wednesday) at Loke Yew Hall, Main Building. Dr the Honourable Sir David Li, Pro-Chancellor of HKU, will officiate at the ceremony to confer the honour on five of the recipients. The arrangement to present the honour to the other two recipients Dr Norman Sze and Professor Philip Wong will be announced later.

Due to the pandemic, there will be no media arrangement. Live broadcast of the ceremony will be made available.

Biographies of the recipients:
Mr Anthony CHEUNG Kee Wee
Mr Anthony Cheung Kee Wee joined his family business Wah Ha Realty Group as a Director in 1976, later becoming Chairman in 2000. Wah Ha Realty is an investment holding company that invests in, develops, and manages a number of properties in Hong Kong. For over four decades, Mr Cheung piloted the company through this city's ever-changing property landscape, managing and supervising the Group's property portfolio.

Mr Cheung is respected for his intergenerational contributions in philanthropy, spearheading the family's numerable charitable endeavours during his father's lifetime, and continuing these efforts into the present. The Cheung family supports numerous charities, educational institutions and medical infrastructure developments in Hong Kong and on the Mainland.

Mr Cheung is an Honorary Patron of the HKU Foundation, and through his leadership, the Cheung family has established three Endowed Professorships at the University of Hong Kong to promote a range of medical specialisations. The Anthony and Anne Cheung Professorship in Innovative and Minimally Invasive Surgery and the Cheung Kung-Hai Professorship in Gastrointestinal Surgery were both established in 2012, and the Chin Lan-Hong Professorship in Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery was established in 2005, in honour of his mother Madame Chin. His stalwart support for the University and its medical research has notably assisted in propelling the Faculty's excellence.

Mr Cheung is also an accomplished collector of Chinese imperial art and a member of the prestigious Min Chiu Society, which was established in 1960 by a group of Chinese collectors from Shanghai and Hong Kong. He has been serving as the society’s Vice Chairman for the past four years. Mr Cheung has an extensive collection of Imperial Chinese porcelain from the Ming and Qing Dynasties and owns the celebrated Huaihaitang Collection. He is generous in sharing his passion and knowledge, and has supported university and public art museums in Hong Kong through numerous donations.               

Mr LEONG Ka Chai
Mr Leong Ka Chai is a distinguished leader in the securities and derivatives sector, and together with Dr Lawrence Fung and Mr Stanley Chu, founded the Adsale Group of Companies, Roctec Group of Companies, and the Musketeers Education & Culture Charitable Foundation.

Mr Leong is a fellow member of the Hong Kong Securities Institute and has made major contributions to the development of Hong Kong’s financial markets, including inter alia as Director of the Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEx), Chairman of the Hong Kong Futures Exchange (HKFE), and Director of both HKFE and HKFE Clearing Corporation. In 2011, he was inducted into the “Futures Hall of Fame” of the Futures Industry Association in the US.

Mr Leong holds a BA in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an MA in Buddhist Studies from the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka. He has been committed to the educational development of financial professionals in Hong Kong, lending his expertise and experience as Chairman of the Advisory Committee of City University of Hong Kong’s Department of Economics and Finance and as an Advisory Committee Member of Baptist University’s Department of Finance. He was also a member of the Professional Education Committee of the Hong Kong Securities Institute.

The MaMa Charitable Foundation and the Musketeers Education and Culture Charitable Foundation Ltd have been key channels for Mr Leong to further his advocacy for educational and cultural development. The MaMa Charitable Foundation has lent invaluable support to the HKU Centre of Buddhist Studies since its early founding days and throughout its development. The Visiting Professorship and Postgraduate Scholarship that bear the Foundation’s name have been instrumental in promoting the study and understanding of Buddhist philosophy.

Mr Leong is also dedicated to public service and voluntary work, and has served as a member of the Task Force on Economic Challenges under the Chief Executive and as Chairman of the Finance Committee of the Queen Elizabeth Foundation for the Mentally Handicapped. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1996, a Justice of the Peace in 1997, and awarded a Silver Bauhinia Star in 2005.                                                      

Professor Philip WONG Hon Sum
Professor Philip Wong Hon Sum is a world-renowned expert in nanotechnology, nanoelectronics and semiconductor technology, and the Willard R. and Inez Kerr Bell Professor in the School of Engineering at Stanford University.

Professor Wong holds a BSc Hons degree from the University of Hong Kong, and MS from the State University of New York, Stony Brook, and a PhD from Lehigh University, and Honorary Doctorate from the Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble, France.

He joined Stanford University as Professor of Electrical Engineering in 2004. At the IBM TJ Watson Research Center from 1988 to 2004, he conducted the early research that has led to product technologies. He served as Vice President of Corporate Research at TSMC, the largest semiconductor foundry in the world, from 2018 to 2020, and was appointed its Chief Scientist in 2020.

Professor Wong’s research aims to translate discoveries in science into practical technologies. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and received the IEEE Electron Devices Society JJ Ebers Award, the Society’s highest honour in recognition of contributions to the field of electron devices.

He has held visiting or honorary professorships at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Peking University, Chinese Academy of Sciences, National Chiao Tung University, and was visiting Chair Professor of Nanoelectronics at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and visiting Chair of Excellence of the Nanosciences Foundation (France).

Professor Wong is also a loyal alumni leader and a tireless global advocate of the University of Hong Kong, championing its students and the work of its scholars, and creating for them collaborative opportunities for innovation and discovery around the world. Professor Wong is a Board Member of the Friends of the University of Hong Kong Limited, which facilitates donations to HKU from the US, and connects the University with alumni and friends in the US.  

Please click here for the press release on the four Honorary University Fellowship recipients announced earlier.