Hong Kong Metropolitan University (HKMU) will award honorary fellowships to four distinguished persons in recognition of their outstanding achievements in their respective fields and exceptional contributions to society.
The recipients are Ir Dr Alex Chan Siu-kun, Mr Eugene Liu, Dr Allen Shi Lop-tak, and Mrs Maria Sung Law Man-kwan. The conferment ceremony will be held on 4 November (Friday).
Brief profiles of the four recipients are as follows:
Ir Dr Alex Chan Siu-kun, SBS
Ir Dr Alex Chan Siu-kun, Managing Director of Applied Technology Integration Limited and former Chairman of the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ), has contributed greatly to the development of education and infrastructure projects in Hong Kong.
A veteran engineer, Dr Chan has made many pioneering endeavours over the past 45 years. He has also participated in the development of many mass transit systems, mainline railways, road tunnels and infrastructural projects in Hong Kong, mainland China, and other cities around the world.
Dr Chan was invited in 1996 to perform accreditation for the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE) and served as President from 2003 to 2004. Dr Chan served on the HKCAAVQ for 12 years and was appointed Vice-Chairman in 2011 and Chairman in 2015. During his tenure, he provided able leadership in the development of the quality assurance mechanism underpinning the implementation of the Hong Kong Qualifications Framework and drove the HKCAAVQ to become a globally-recognized and leading regional independent quality assurance body.
Mr Eugene Liu
Mr Eugene Liu, Managing Partner of RSM Hong Kong and a pivotal figure in the field of public accounting, has made an enormous contribution to the development of the profession, including nurturing the next generation of professionals.
Having served RSM Hong Kong for over 20 years, Mr Liu has been instrumental in its growth. Under his leadership, teams focusing on ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance), risk advisory, transaction advisory, valuation and other services were formed to serve a diverse cross-section of Hong Kong businesses throughout their corporate lifecycles. He was also the partner-in-charge in over 20 initial public offerings (IPOs) on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
Mr Liu had the vision of establishing a platform for students to gain hands-on experience in the business world. A rigorously designed internship programme, launched in collaboration with HKMU in 2015, has since provided training for over 180 students. Close to 100 fresh HKMU graduates have chosen to start their careers at RSM, where they have continued to grow and contribute to the Hong Kong community.
Dr Allen Shi Lop-tak, BBS, MH, JP
Dr Allen Shi Lop-tak, President of the Chinese Manufacturers’ Association of Hong Kong (CMA), is a renowned entrepreneur and philanthropist, who has worked assiduously for industrial and business development, as well as youth education.
Unanimously elected CMA President in late 2020, Dr Shi has since launched several initiatives, including the establishment of the Technology Commercialization Centre ‘CMA+’, whose aim is to help transform Hong Kong businesses and enhance their competitiveness, and to facilitate the research and development of partner companies and reduce their capital investment in product design and development.
He has also given tremendous support to the development of the young generation. In his former presidency of the Hong Kong Young Industrialists Council Foundation (HKYIC), he donated generously to universities for student bursaries and activities. HKYIC has launched together with HKMU an internship programme in Vietnam, a mentorship programme, and other local internship projects and sharing sessions on various professions.
Mrs Maria Sung Law Man-kwan
Mrs Maria Sung Law Man-kwan is the founder of the Holy Café Training Centre, a social enterprise that provides job opportunities and trainings for people with disabilities, helping them to develop their capacity for self-care and integration into society.
Mrs Sung had a tough life. Her husband passed away shortly after the birth of their daughter Flora, who was found to be intellectually challenged and autistic in her teens. Realizing the difficulty people with autism and intellectual disabilities had finding a job, she established the Holy Café to provide job opportunities for people with special needs.
With donations from warm-hearted people, Mrs Sung’s team prepares and distributes 1,080 lunch boxes weekly to the elderly. The team has also partnered with numerous organizations, philanthropists and volunteers to offer daily necessities and various kinds of help to the underprivileged, including low-income families, single parents and people suffering from chronic illnesses.