HSMC Presents Honorary Fellowships to Six Distinguished Individuals for its First Time

22 May 2017

Established in 2017, the Hang Seng Management College (HSMC) Honorary Fellowship is a distinguished award that HSMC bestows upon eminent individuals, who have made significant contributions to support the development of HSMC and society. The First Honorary Fellowship Conferment Ceremony was held on 22 May 2017 on HSMC campus.  Six recipients of HSMC’s Honorary Fellowship this year are: Mr David Lai HO, Mr Samuel LAM Shau-Tong, Mrs Helen LEE YICK Hoi-Lun, Mr Kenneth LEUNG Ka-Keung, Dr Raymond OR Ching-Fai, and Dr Michael SUEN Ming-Yeung.

Ms Rose Lee Wai-Mun, Chairman of Board of Governors, said, “I would like to express our gratitude to the inaugural Honorary Fellows and all the stakeholders for supporting the College in its drive to achieve non-profit private university status.  HSMC will continue in its mission to provide students with opportunities of all-rounded development, and to foster teaching and research excellence for the development of the local self-financed higher education sector.”

Dr Moses Cheng Mo-Chi, Chairman of College Council, said that the six Honorary Fellows, who are connected to HSMC in their unique ways, are distinguished and admired for their valuable contributions to the College, to their sectors or professions and to the community.  HSMC has also embarked upon the pursuit of university title and shall continue to fulfil the mission of nurturing young people.

President Simon Ho congratulated the six distinguished persons, who supported the College development and provided invaluable advice to the management.  He also hoped that HSMC’s relationship with the six Honorary Fellows can be further strengthened and that they will continue to give us guidance and support.

Dr Suen delivered his address on behalf of the Honorary Fellows at the Ceremony.  He recalled that the most memorable period of his civil service was in 1972, when he was with the Sha Tin District Office and took part in new town planning.  Siu Lek Yuen, HSMC’s existing location, was part of the Sha Tin town planning.  HSMC inherits the tradition of its successful predecessor of providing quality education to students.  It has also passed robust accreditation exercises and would soon acquire university status to nurture many more leaders for the community.

Dr Suen went on sharing his insights on personality traits of leaders.  He believed that all leaders, no matter how he/she was delegated the authority, should exercise his/her magnanimity, courage and wisdom to lead the way through a multitude of skepticism, uncertainties and doubts.  The leader may have to bear the risk of losing the next election though, it is literally the balance of power under a democratic system.   He highlighted that leaders must be able to make visionary and determined decisions. A leader’s vocation is to lead the mass.  If all things are to be done according to populism, there is no need to choose a leader.

Bibliographies of the six Honorary Fellows are as follows:

Mr David Lai Ho is the owner and President of Pacific BMW.  He was the CEO of more than 13 car dealerships, as well as the President of two property developers in Los Angeles (LA).  The Pacific BMW has been offering three-month internship placements in LA to many HSMC students.  The placement provides an opportunity for students to gain not only international experience, but also personal growth.  Inheriting his grandfather Dr S H Ho’s belief “Taking from society and giving back to society” when founding the Hang Seng Bank, Mr Ho, as Governor of the S H Ho Foundation, has been very supportive of the development of HSSC and HSMC.  Since the establishment of HSMC in 2010, the S H Ho Foundation has donated more than HK$98 million to the College to support its campus development and student scholarships.

Mr Samuel Lam Shau-Tong, the fifth son of Mr Lam Bing-Yim, founder of Hang Seng Bank, is the former Director and Deputy General Manager of Dah Chong Hong Limited (DCH) and Dah Chong Hong (Motor Service Centre) Limited, as well as former Executive Chairman of Dah Chong Hong (China) Motor Service Limited.  With creative initiative and management resolve, DCH Motor Group had been the trailblazer in the automobile sector under his leadership.  He was invited to be the keynote speaker for the big three auto manufacturers and major distributors at the US motor city, Detroit.  Mr Lam has, for many years, spared no effort in education services.  He was a member of the Board of Governors of Hang Seng School of Commerce (HSSC), and a member of the Founding Board of Governors of HSMC for the first two years since its establishment in 2010.  As an ardent supporter of charities, he served many terms as District Secretary and District Governor Representative of District 3450 of Rotary International, Honorary Advisor of three districts Rotary Club of Hong Kong, and multi-time Organising Chairman of the District Assembly of Rotary Club.

Mrs Helen Lee Yick Hoi-Lun, Chairman, Wei Lun Foundation Limited, and spouse of the late Dr the Honourable Lee Quo-Wei, GBM, is an exemplar of a virtuous wife.  Dr Lee was an iconic banker.  With Mrs Lee’s unswerving support, he was able to concentrate his efforts on public services.  In the early 1970s, the late Dr S H Ho intended to nurture banking and finance talents by setting up a training school.  Dr Lee therefore liaised with the government on lands application.  Mrs Lee accompanied Dr Lee in frequent on-site inspections during its construction.  Dr Lee assumed various pivotal roles in HSSC – Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors, Chairman of the College Council and Chancellor.  All the time, his accomplishments were made with solid backing by Mrs Lee.  Through Wei Lun Foundation Limited, the couple made numerous donations to local and overseas educational and medical institutions.  Mrs Lee was awarded the title of “Honorary Citizen” by the cities of Jiangmen and Kaiping.  To commemorate Dr Lee and to carry on his efforts in supporting education, Mrs Lee made a generous donation to HSMC to name and construct the Lee Quo Wei Academic Building through the Wei Lun Foundation Limited.  Mrs Lee is a paradigm of a devoted wife and responsible citizen in her tireless and generous efforts in serving her family and the community.

Mr Kenneth Leung Ka-Keung is currently Chairman of Board of Directors, Leung Chun Woon Kee Co Ltd, as well as founder and Chairman of Board of Directors, Leung Chun Woon Kee (Service Consultant) Co Ltd.  He earned a Diploma of Business Studies from Hang Seng School of Commerce in 1982 and was among its first cohort of graduates.  He synthesized elements of his industry experiences and published a book titled Bereavement: Observances with Rites《祭之以禮》in the hope to elucidate the rites in Chinese culture and uphold filial piety.  Since 2011, he is Chairman of the Alumni Association of HSMC and HSSC; and is currently a mentor of HSMC’s mentorship programme.  Mr Leung has been actively serving the community for many years.  He was the Chairman and President of the Hong Kong Juvenile Care Centre (HKJCC), Vice-Chairman of Po Leung Kuk, Senior Assistant Commissioner and Regional Commander of Hong Kong & Island of Hong Kong Road Safety Association, and School Manager/Supervisor of several schools.  His contributions to social service have been recognised by the Home Affairs Bureau and the Social Welfare Department of the Government of the HKSAR.

Dr Raymond Or Ching-Fai, a renowned banker, began his career with the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) Limited in 1972.  He was appointed as Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the China Strategic Holdings Limited in 2009 and re-designated as Chairman in 2012.  With HSBC, he was promoted to General Manager in 2000 and Director in 2005.  He was also appointed as the Chairman of HSBC Insurance Limited in 2000.  He took up the position of Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive of Hang Seng Bank Limited, as well as the Chairman of Hang Seng Insurance Co Limited and Hang Seng Bank (China) Limited in 2005.  Dr Or has been actively participating in public services.  He is currently Vice Patron of the Board of the Community Chest of Hong Kong.  He is also a Justice of the Peace since 2004.  He was awarded a Silver Bauhinia Star by the Government of the HKSAR in 2009.  Dr Or was the Chairman of the Board of Directors of HSSC from 2005 to 2009.  Under his leadership, the School was geared towards transforming itself from a matriculation school into a post-secondary college, which laid the foundation for HSMC becoming a non-profit private university.

Dr Michael Suen Ming-Yeung was the Secretary for Education.  In 1966, he began his lifetime career in civil service and held different positions in various departments including the former Transport Department, Urban Services Department and Regional Services Department.  He was appointed Secretary for Constitutional Affairs in 1989 and Secretary for Home Affairs in 1991.  He was pivotal in ensuring the smooth transition during Hong Kong’s handover to China.  Between March to July in 1997, he was on temporary secondment to the Office of the Chief Executive-elect as Secretary for Policy Co-ordination. Shortly afterwards in August 1997, he took up the position as Secretary for Constitutional Affairs.  He became the Secretary for Housing, Planning and Lands in 2002.  Dr Suen was appointed Secretary for Education in 2007.  During that period, he made tremendous contributions to the development of higher education in Hong Kong.  HSMC’s transformational achievement has been an outcome owing to the policy objectives of the Education Bureau and the resultant higher education environment.  Dr Suen was awarded a Gold Bauhinia Star by the Government of the HKSAR.

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Welcome Remarks by Professor Simon S. M. Ho

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College Anthem after the Academic Procession entering the Auditorium

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College Anthem after the Academic Procession entering the Auditorium

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A special music performance “POMP AND CIRCUMSTANCE, Opus.39, MARCH No.1 in D Major (Excerpt from First movement)”, William Edward Elgar, by the College’s Sinfonietta led by the appointed conductor, Ms Viola Yuen

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Board Chairman Ms Rose Lee conferring the Honorary Fellowship on Mr David Lai Ho

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Council Chairman Dr Moses Cheng and President Simon Ho presenting the Honorary Fellowship certificate to Mr David Lai Ho

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Board Chairman Ms Rose Lee conferring the Honorary Fellowship on Mr Samuel Lam

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Council Chairman Dr Moses Cheng and President Simon Ho presenting the Honorary Fellowship certificate to Mr Samuel Lam

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Board Chairman Ms Rose Lee conferring the Honorary Fellowship on Mrs Helen Lee

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Council Chairman Dr Moses Cheng and President Simon Ho presenting the Honorary Fellowship certificate to Mrs Helen Lee

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Board Chairman Ms Rose Lee conferring the Honorary Fellowship on Mr Kenneth Leung

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Council Chairman Dr Moses Cheng and President Simon Ho presenting the Honorary Fellowship certificate to Mr Kenneth Leung

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Board Chairman Ms Rose Lee conferring the Honorary Fellowship on Dr Raymond Or

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Council Chairman Dr Moses Cheng and President Simon Ho presenting the Honorary Fellowship certificate to Dr Raymond Or

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Board Chairman Ms Rose Lee conferring the Honorary Fellowship on Dr Michael Suen

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Council Chairman Dr Moses Cheng and President Simon Ho presenting the Honorary Fellowship certificate to Dr Michael Suen

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President Ho giving his address

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Dr Suen delivering his address on behalf of the Honorary Fellows on leadership

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Six Honorary Fellows (from left): Mr David Lai Ho, Mr Samuel Lam, Mrs Helen Lee, Mr Kenneth Leung, Dr Raymond Or and Dr Michael Suen

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The Honorary Fellows and officers of the Academic Procession (from left): President Simon Ho, Mr David Lai Ho, Mr Samuel Lam, Mrs Helen Lee, Chairman of Board of Governors Ms Rose Lee, Chairman of College Council Dr Moses Cheng, Mr Kenneth Leung, Dr Raymond Or, Dr Michael Suen and Provost Gilbert Fong

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The Honorary Fellows, Academic Procession, Governors and Council Members