LUI Che Woo
Doctor of Social Sciences
Dr the Honourable Lui Che Woo is a distinguished entrepreneur, philanthropist and an avid supporter of education in Hong Kong.
Dr Lui was born in Jiangmen, Guangdong and founded the first K. Wah company in Hong Kong in 1955. He is currently Chairman of K. Wah Group. Its major member companies include two Hong Kong listed flagships K. Wah International Holdings Limited and Galaxy Entertainment Group Limited, Stanford Hotels International and K. Wah Construction Materials Limited. Today, K. Wah has developed into a multinational conglomerate involving properties, entertainment and leisure, hospitality, and construction materials with more than 33,000 employees worldwide.
In 2015, Dr Lui established the LUI Che Woo Prize - Prize for World Civilisation in Hong Kong. It is the first of its kind annual cross-sector international prize honouring and recognising individuals or organisations who have unconditionally promoted world civilisation through sustainable development, contributed to the welfare of mankind and fostered a positive life attitude and the enhancement of positive energy.
Dr Lui has been particularly supportive of the development of medical care, education and hotel and tourism industries. He has supported HKU's endeavours as a Founding Honorary President of the HKU Foundation. The Lui Che Woo Law Library was named in his honour in 1997; an extended Law Library was later set up at the Centennial Campus in 2010 with Dr Lui's support. He was awarded an Honorary University Fellowship in 2002.
Dr Lui has also generously supported academic research and campus development at many other universities, and has been conferred honorary degrees by the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, as well as Concordia University and the University of Victoria in Canada.
Dr Lui has dedicated himself to community affairs and has contributed extensively to Hong Kong. He was made an MBE in 1982, appointed a Justice of the Peace in 1986, awarded the Gold Bauhinia Star in 2005 and the Grand Bauhinia Medal in 2012.
In recognition of his contributions to higher education and society, the University has resolved to confer upon him the degree of Doctor of Social Sciences honoris causa.