Naming Ceremony of Dorothy Shen Wong News Studio

22 April 2021
 Prof. Raymond R. Wong delivered a speech at the ceremony
 President Wai presented the Certificate of HKBU Foundation to Prof. Wong
 Prof. Huang Yu expressed his gratitude to Prof. Wong for his contributions to the School of Communication over the years

 Guests and representatives of HKBU posed for a group photo
 President Wai hosted a lunch in honour of Prof. Wong

The University recently received a generous donation of HK$50 million from Professor Raymond R. Wong, SBS, a veteran journalist and recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Social Sciences from HKBU, for the establishment of the Dorothy Shen Wong Memorial Fund, which is designated for the strategic development of the University's School of Communication.

In recognition of Professor Wong’s generosity, a news studio at the Lee Shau Kee Communication and Visual Arts Building was named the “Dorothy Shen Wong News Studio”. A naming ceremony officiated by Professor Raymond R. Wong, SBS; Professor Alexander Wai Ping-kong, President and Vice-Chancellor; and Professor Huang Yu, Associate Vice-President (Mainland) and Dean of Communication, was held on 22 April 2021.

In his address, President Wai expressed his deep gratitude to Professor Wong for his unwavering support towards the University.  He said that Professor Wong is a legendary journalism educator and he is rightly known as the "Godfather of Hong Kong journalism". Over the years, many of his graduates have become leaders in journalism, broadcasting and the communication industry in Hong Kong, Greater China and other areas. The newly established fund will help advance the teaching and research quality of the School of Communication and enhance professional standards in the media industry.

Speaking at the ceremony, Professor Wong thanked the University for naming the Studio after his late wife. He said that HKBU was where he met his wife, and their relationship with the University will continue. "I hope that broadcast journalists who have access to this wonderful facility will be inspired to know that to be a broadcaster is not a shortcut to notoriety or becoming a star of entertainment news, but it is to use the media in the best way possible to serve the people of Hong Kong, Mainland China and the world," he said.

In his vote of thanks, Professor Huang Yu said: "The Dorothy Shen Wong News Studio will definitely help acknowledge and remind us of Professor Wong's lifelong devotion to journalism, his endless passion for journalism education, his vision for better journalistic ethics in Hong Kong and his loving memory of Mrs. Wong. Our School will continue to uphold the motto “Truth is Virtue”, and continue nurturing more talented and ethical professionals for the communication and media field in Hong Kong and beyond."

The ceremony was well attended by Professor Wong’s former students and friends. Guests and HKBU representatives attending the ceremony included Mr. Leung Ka Wing, former Director of Broadcasting; Mrs. Sheila Wai; Professor Rick Wong, Interim Provost; Professor Guo Yike, Vice-President (Research and Development); Dr. Albert Chau, Vice-President (Teaching and Learning); Ms. Christine Chow, Vice-President (Administration) and Secretary; Professor Eva Man, Director of the Academy of Film; Mrs. Lily Chan, Director of University Advancement and Secretary-General of the HKBU Foundation; and representatives of the School of Communication. The ceremony was followed by a tour and facilities demonstration of the Studio.

Professor Wong's donation is the biggest single gift the School of Communication has ever received, and it has led to the establishment of the Dorothy Shen Wong Memorial Fund in loving memory of his wife. The Fund will be used to set up the first-ever Endowed Professorship in Media Ethics in Hong Kong, the first-ever Professional Journalism Fellowship at HKBU, and scholarships to help students acquire global exposure. It will also enable the School to organise signature events such as international summits, distinguished lecture series, master classes and training workshops.  As a token of appreciation, President Wai presented the HKBU Foundation Certificate -- Honorary Permanent President to Professor Wong at the ceremony and hosted a lunch in honour of Professor Wong. His former students and friends also joined the lunch.

The Dorothy Shen Wong News Studio is located on the seventh floor of the Lee Shau Kee Communication and Visual Arts Building. The state-of-the-art equipment in The Studio supports teaching and helps students learn about TV and radio news broadcasting. Besides in-class practice and broadcast-related assignments, students can use the Studio to produce and broadcast newscasts for the Broadcast News Network, a Chinese news channel.