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HKBU to present third Distinguished Alumni Award to Dennis Au, Chan Hung, May Chan, Ronald Chiu and Liu Chak-wan

19 Feb 2016

HKBU presents Distinguished Alumni Award to (clockwise from top, centre): Dr Dennis Au, Mr Chan Hung, Ms May Chan, Mr Ronald Chiu and Dr Liu Chak-wan
HKBU presents Distinguished Alumni Award to (clockwise from top, centre): Dr Dennis Au, Mr Chan Hung, Ms May Chan, Mr Ronald Chiu and Dr Liu Chak-wan

Hong Kong Baptist University announced the awardees of its third Distinguished Alumni Award in recognition of the outstanding business, professional or scholastic achievements of HKBU alumni, and their services and contributions to the University and society. HKBU presents the Award in the hope of motivating students to learn from the experience and success of the awardees. 


The third HKBU Distinguished Alumni Award will be presented to Dr Dennis Au Cheuk-wing (Chinese Medicine and Biomedical Science), Mr Chan Hung (China Studies/Education Studies), Ms May Chan Suk-mei (Communication), Mr Ronald Chiu Ying-chun (Communication), and Dr Liu Chak-wan (English Language and Literature). An award presentation ceremony will be held in March.


This year, the Selection Committee for the award was chaired by Mr Cheng Yan-kee, Chairman of the Council and the Court of HKBU, and members included Professor Roland Chin, President and Vice-Chancellor of HKBU, Ms Viola Man, Executive Director of PuraPharm Corporation Limited, Ms Quince Chong, Chief Corporate Development Officer of CLP Power Hong Kong Limited, and Mr David Mong, Chairman and Group CEO of Shun Hing Group.


The nominees for the Award must be alumni of HKBU (or its forerunner Hong Kong Baptist College). Each nominee must be proposed by a nominator and seconded by two supporters who are alumni, current full-time staff members, current / former Council Members, Court Members or Honorary Court Members of HKBU. The Selection Committee will consider the suitability of each nomination based on a set of criteria including the nominee’s business, professional or scholastic achievements, service and contributions to HKBU, and community service and contributions to society.


Brief introduction of Distinguished Alumni Award recipients


Dr Dennis Au Cheuk-wing (Chinese Medicine and Biomedical Science)


Dr Dennis Au is Director of Conduct Chinese Medicine Clinic and Chinese Medicine For All. He obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Chinese Medicine and Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science at HKBU in 2005 and received a doctoral degree in Chinese Medicine at Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine in 2015. 


In 2008, Dr Au established Conduct Chinese Medicine Clinic which has now expanded to eight clinics across the territory. By innovatively combining traditional Chinese Medicine with contemporary management concepts, he has successfully brought concentrated Chinese medicinal products to the masses and has worked with various non-profit organisations to spearhead a number of community-wide Chinese medicine consultation projects, including an outreach project targeting young drug abusers in Hong Kong.


In 2014, Dr Au set up a centralised pharmacy providing patients with one-stop Chinese medicine decoction and delivery service. In the same year, he also established HHK Chinese Medicine Centre in Sham Shui Po, the first-of-its-kind in Hong Kong to provide free services to the needy.


Dr Au was the Founding President of the HKBU YP Cai Hall Alumni Association which established the HKBU Cai Yuan Pei Foundation to support the construction of a school in rural area of mainland China. By establishing the charitable organisation Chinese Medicine For All, Dr Au endeavours to create a network of young practitioners who promote Chinese medicine overseas and volunteer their time to serve people in areas with poor medical resources, including the Philippines, the Thailand-Burma border and Cambodia.


Dr Au is currently Secretary of the Hong Kong Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chinese Medicine Advisor of Hong Kong Children and Youth Services, and Neo-Horizon of Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Welfare Council. He received the silver award of the HSBC Youth Business Award, the runner-up award for the Global Entrepreneur of the Year and the 5th Young Leader title from the Harbour Junior Chamber. 


Mr Chan Hung (China Studies/Education Studies)


Mr Chan Hung graduated with a Bachelor of Social Sciences in China Studies from Hong Kong Baptist College in 1992 and obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Education at HKBU in 1996. He held a number of esteemed positions in the education field, including founder and principal of a secondary school under the Direct Subsidy Scheme, Secretary of the Hong Kong Direct Subsidy Scheme Schools Council, and Vice Chairman of the Hong Kong Private Schools Association.


In 2009, Mr Chan felt that the interests of underprivileged children were being neglected under the Hong Kong education system so he abruptly quit his job as principal of a secondary school to establish Principal Chan Free Tutorial World which provides free tutorial services and other free educational support, such as courses for talented children and pre-school playgroup and learning courses, for underprivileged children. He was presented with the Eighth Loving Hearts Award by the HK & Macau Taiwanese Charity Fund Limited and Leader of the Year 2014 Award (Education and Technology and Professions category) by the Sing Tao News Corporation.


Mr Chan is a famous children’s fiction writer in Hong Kong. His novel Youth is found in basketballs won the top prize in the Hong Kong Biennial Awards for Chinese Literature (children and youth literature category). He is also a columnist for newspapers and gives seminars in secondary and primary schools and hosts writing workshops. Mr Chan is a member of the Hong Kong Chinese Literature Micro Novel Research Society, Secretary of the World Chinese Literature Micro Novel Society, a member of the Hong Kong Writers’ Association and the Hong Kong Children’s Arts Society, and Chief Editor of the adolescent arts magazine The new teenager bi-monthly


Ms May Chan Suk-mei (Communication)


Ms May Chan is currently Director (News and Public Affairs) of Hong Kong Commercial Broadcasting Co Ltd. She graduated from the Department of Communication of Hong Kong Baptist College in 1977 and attained a Master’s degree in Journalism at The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2001. 


Ms Chan embarked on her preeminent career in the media industry upon graduation and is a veteran journalist with nearly 40 years of experience. She possesses extensive management and practical experience in mass communication. She was Chairperson and committee member of Hong Kong News Executives’ Association, and is currently Chairperson of Journalism Education Foundation Hong Kong and Vice-Chairperson of Hong Kong News-Expo Working Group. 


Ms Chan spares no efforts in raising the standard of media practitioners and has been actively engaged in promoting the development of her alma mater. In addition to her current capacity as Court Member of HKBU, and Chairman of the Advisory Committee of the School of Communication of HKBU, Ms Chan is also Chairman of the Organising Committee on Communication and Publicity of HKBU 60th Anniversary Celebrations where she contributes valuable advice and support to the promotion of the University’s diamond jubilee. She was awarded the HKBU Distinguished Alumni Communicator Award (Journalism and Media Category) in 2008, and named Honorary University Fellow of HKBU in 2009. 


Ms Chan is devoted to serving the community and is currently a member of the Commission on Poverty, a founding member of SC.Net of Community Investment and Inclusion Fund under the Labour and Welfare Bureau of the HKSAR Government, and Chairwoman of the Fund’s task force. She was also Chairwoman of Mass Communications Training Board of Vocational Training Council. Ms Chan was honoured with a Bronze Bauhinia Star in 2000 by the HKSAR Government for her contribution to Hong Kong’s mass communication industry. She was also appointed Justice of the Peace in 2007. In 2010, Ms Chan was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from Vocational Training Council. 


Mr Ronald Chiu Ying-chun (Communication)


Mr Ronald Chiu graduated from the Department of Communication of Hong Kong Baptist College in 1975 and obtained a Master’s degree in Journalism at The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2006. He is currently Executive Director of i-Cable News Ltd and i-Cable Sports Ltd. Mr Chiu worked for Commercial Television and Television Broadcasts Ltd and joined Wharf Cable (now i-Cable) as a consultant in 1991. Two years later, he was appointed Assistant News Controller and has been the Executive Director of the News and Sports Division since 2002.


Mr Chiu is distinguished as a pioneer in the early and successful adoption of new technology. He was one of the first to recognise the revolutionary potential of live news broadcasts. Mr Chiu was part of the team which successfully launched the world’s first 24-hour Chinese news channel in 1993. He launched Hong Kong’s first fully digitised news centre in 2002. 


Mr Chiu has made tremendous contributions to the broadcast industry as well as journalism and media education. His professional service in the sector has also been well recognised. He is currently a member of the Executive Committee of Hong Kong Press Council. He has been involved in the production of many news reports, with one honoured a PATER Award in 1988 and another with a Gold Medal at the New York Television and Film Festival Awards in 1990. 


Mr Chiu cares greatly about his alma mater, where he has acted as a mentor to aspiring journalism students, delivered guest lectures, and contributed his expertise as an advisor on course development. He has played an active role in many activities of HKBU and contributed to the celebration of its 50th and 55th anniversary events. With his wealth of professional experience and extensive industry network, Mr Chiu serves as Chairman of Organising Committee on Alumni Events of HKBU 60th Anniversary Celebrations and gives valuable advice and support to the planning and running of the celebratory events. He was presented with the Distinguished Alumni Communicator Award (Journalism and Media Category) and an Honorary University Fellowship by HKBU in 2008 and 2012 respectively. 


Dr Liu Chak-wan (English Language and Literature)


Dr Liu is Chairman of Liu’s Commerce and Industry Ltd. He graduated from the Department of English Language and Literature of Hong Kong Baptist College in 1974 and later obtained a Master’s degree in Business Administration from East Asia University in Macau. Dr Liu’s sharp business acumen has made him a very successful entrepreneur. He has established more than 10 enterprises in different sectors including Transmac-Transportes Urbanos de Macau SAR L and Liu’s Technology Ltd. 


In 2000, Dr Liu and his friends founded the Macau University of Science and Technology (MUST). He is currently the Chancellor of MUST and the Chairman of the Administrative Committee of the MUST Foundation, and also serves as Honorary Council Chairman of Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine.


Dr Liu has received multiple awards and accolades including the Medal of Industrial and Commercial Merit from the Government of Macau, and the Grand Officer Medal of Agricultural, Commercial and Industrial Merit from the Government of the Republic of Portugal. The International Management Centres Association in the United Kingdom conferred on him an Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration.


Dr Liu has been a steadfast supporter of HKBU and has made generous donations to the University, serving various roles as an advisor on HKBU 50th Anniversary Committee, an Honorary Court Member of the University since 2007 and a member of the Board of Governors of the HKBU Foundation since 2009. In 2007, Dr Liu was named Honorary University Fellow at HKBU. 


Dr Liu has been a member of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) for several years, Vice-director of the 10th Committee for Liaison with Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and Overseas Chinese under CPPCC, a member of the standing committee of the 11th and 12th CPPCC. Dr Liu witnessed and was involved in the establishment of the Macau SAR through various capacities, including a member of the former Executive Council of the Macau government, and Convener of the Political Structure Subgroup of the Drafting Committee for the Basic Law of the Macau SAR. Since 1999, Dr Liu has served as a member of the Executive Council of the Macau SAR for four years.