HKBU confers honorary doctoral degrees upon six distinguished persons

11 September 2020
 (From left) Dr. Liu Chak Wan, Prof. Jeremy K. Nicholson, Prof. Sir Fraser Stoddart, Prof. Zhong Binglin
 Dr. Liu joined the ceremony online
 Dr. Yim and his family
   Dr. Yim’s friends and HKBU representatives extended their warmest congratulations to him
 Dr. Cheng, his father (left) and his wife (right) posed for a photo with Dr. Clement Chan
 HKBU representatives and supporters congratulated Dr. Cheng on receiving the honorary doctoral degree
 (From left) Prof. Roland Chin, Dr. Clement Chan, Dr. Cheng Yan Kee, Dr. Stanley Yim, Mr. Paul Poon and Ms. Rosanna Choi


The University conferred honorary doctoral degrees upon six distinguished persons on 11 September 2020 to recognise their outstanding professional achievements and remarkable contributions to society.

Three HKBU Foundation members were awarded the degree of Doctor of Business Administration, honoris causa. They included Dr. Liu Chak Wan, GLM, Honorary Trustee of the HKBU Foundation, who is an eminent entrepreneur and community leader; Dr. Stanley Yim Yuk Lun, BBS, JP, Honorary Permanent President of the Foundation, who is a visionary entrepreneur and a passionate philanthropist; and Dr. Cheng Yan Kee, BBS, JP, former Chairman of the Council and the Court of HKBU and Sponsoring Member of the Foundation, who is also a distinguished consulting civil and structural engineer.

The other recipients were Professor Jeremy K. Nicholson, a pioneer in biomedicine, and Professor Sir Fraser Stoddart, a trailblazer in molecular mechanostereochemistry, who were bestowed the degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa; and Professor Zhong Binglin, a renowned educator, who received the degree of Doctor of Social Sciences, honoris causa. For more details of the six recipients, please click here.

The conferment ceremony was presided by Dr. Clement Chen, GBS, JP, Chairman of the Council and the Court of HKBU. At the ceremony, Professor Roland T. Chin, President and Vice-Chancellor of HKBU, said in his address that our world is in chaos as we have been hit by social unrest, the pandemic, geopolitical tensions and climate change. He added that it is against this global backdrop of confusion and distress that we gather here to honour six individuals who re-instil hope in us and restore smiles to our faces.

“From science and business to education and engineering, all culminating in service to humanity, the six honorary doctoral degree recipients have dramatically changed the way we live. Their vision and capability to make a meaningful impact on society and our lives is especially inspiring at this difficult time as we struggle with newly emerging global challenges and search for opportunities for creativity and growth,” said President Chin.

A number of Foundation members attended this joyous occasion to extend their warmest congratulations to the recipients. They were Professor Justin Chiu and Mrs. Rita Chiu; Dr. Elizabeth Law, MH; Dr. David Mong; Dr. Dennis Ng, BBS, MH; Mrs. Susan So, BBS; and Mrs. Mary Suen. HKBU representatives including Mr. Paul Poon and Ms. Rosanna Choi, Deputy Chairman and Treasurer of the Council and the Court of HKBU; Mr. Yeung Chee Kong, Associate Vice-President (Engagement); Mrs. Lily Chan, Director of University Advancement and Secretary-General of the HKBU Foundation, also joined the ceremony.