The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) held its 15th Congregation from 7-9 November, conferring 1,862 Bachelor’s, 1,317 Master’s, and 149 Doctoral degrees.
The final day Ceremony (9 November) was presided over by the Chief Executive of HKSAR Government and Chancellor of HKUST, the Hon Donald Tsang.
During this ceremony, the University conferred honorary doctorates on three distinguished awardees in recognition of their outstanding achievements and contributions. They are:
Prof the Hon Louis Cha, GBM, influential author and co-founder of Ming Pao: Doctor of Letters honoris causa
Dr William M W Mong, GBS, celebrated philanthropist and Chairman & Senior Managing Director of Shun Hing Group: Doctor of Business Administration honoris causa
Prof K Barry Sharpless, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry: Doctor of Science honoris causa
The Congregation also saw other University awards presented for outstanding achievements.
Prof Pak-Wo Leung, Associate Professor of Physics, received HKUST’s highest accolade in teaching, the Michael G Gale Medal for Distinguished Teaching. Prof Leung is honored for his dedication, passion and commitment to professional teaching as well as his care for students’ academic and personal growth.
This year’s Stephen Cheong Kam-chuen Medal for Distinguished Service to the Student Body was awarded to Li Lok Wai Enrico, President of the 14th Session of Students’ Union. He devoted himself to organizing a series of forums on campus life and current affairs. Under his leadership, he and his executive committee members organized visits to their counterparts in other Asian universities to promote culture exchange.
“My Most Influential Teacher Award” was presented separately to the late Mr Francis Kong, former English teacher of Wah Yan College, Kowloon, and Miss Leung Siu Yin, teacher of World History and Chinese History at Carmel Pak U Secondary School. The selection for the award is based on votes by students in the graduating class who are invited to nominate a full-time secondary school teacher with strong positive impact on their lives and studies.
The 15th Congregation has expanded the ranks of HKUST alumni to around 30,000 since the University’s establishment in 1991.
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