Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) has announced the conferment of Honorary University Fellowships on three distinguished persons in recognition of their outstanding contributions to a wide variety of areas and their support of society.
The three Honorary University Fellowship recipients are: Dr Tisa Ho Kar-kuan (何嘉坤), Mr Edward Lui (呂寧義) and Ms Yao Jue (姚珏).
Dr Tisa Ho Kar-kuan
Dr Tisa Ho Kar-kuan is a leading and well-known figure in the arts world. Since 2006, she has been serving as the Executive Director of the Hong Kong Arts Festival.
Dr Ho was the chairlady of the Board of Directors of the International Society for the Performing Arts — the first-ever arts administrator from Hong Kong to hold this position. She was also a member of the Board of the Hong Kong International Literary Festival as well as the Hong Kong Arts Administrators’ Association. She has also chaired the International Advisory Committee of the Tong Yeong Concert Hall in South Korea, served as a member of the Alliance of Asia-Pacific Region Orchestras, and on the International Faculty of the Accademia Teatro alla Scala in Milan in Italy.
In 2019, she was awarded an honorary doctorate by Griffith University in Australia. In 2020, she was named the winner of the Master of The Arts category at the Women of Influence Awards by the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong. In 2021, she was elected to the China Literature and Art Critics Association and granted a Medal of Honour by the HKSAR Government for her accomplishments in the promotion of the arts.
Mr Edward Lui
Mr Edward Lui is a distinguished philanthropist and entrepreneur. As Chairman and Director of Providence Foundation Limited, he has not only been extending his late father Mr HM Lui’s legacy for more than 30 years, but he has also selflessly devoted himself to contributing to the betterment of people’s livelihoods in Hong Kong and mainland China.
The Foundation was set up by the late Mr HM Lui in 1989, a year before his unfortunate passing. Since then, Mr Edward Lui has been managing the Foundation, and together with his siblings, working on five key objectives of the Foundation namely education, medical care, services for those with intellectual disabilities, leadership and disaster relief.
Mr Lui is fully committed to his vision of providing educational opportunities to younger generations and empowering them to chase their dreams. The Foundation has built 183 primary schools in rural China where, in the early 1990s, educational opportunities fell way short of those available in the cities. The Foundation has made multiple generous donations to universities and vocational training institutes in Hong Kong in the form of bursaries and scholarships. The Foundation has also made notable donations to the Hong Kong College of Paediatricians, the School of Medicine at Stanford University in the US, as well as the China Centre for Economic Research at Peking University.
Ms Yao Jue
Ms Yao Jue is a famous violinist both at home and abroad. Over the years, she has performed to a full house at many recitals. She has also been invited to perform alongside world-renowned orchestras and participated in numerous grand musical events. She is undoubtedly known for her iconic renditions of the violin concerto The Butterfly Lovers.
To nurture local musical talent, Ms Yao founded the Hong Kong String Orchestra in 2013, and she has helped many youngsters fulfil their dreams of being a musician. Since 2015, she has led the Orchestra to enthusiastically implement the Jockey Club Power of Music Programme. Through the Programme, Ms Yao makes classical music accessible to the general public, and, more importantly, she lets the underprivileged children shine in the music sector, brightening their lives with music.
Ms Yao’s achievements have long been recognised in society. She was named as one of the “Ten Outstanding Young Persons in Hong Kong” as well as one of the “Outstanding Women of the Year”, and she has received the “Outstanding Women Professionals Award” and the “World Outstanding Chinese Artist Award”. She was also conferred a Bronze Bauhinia Star and appointed as a Justice of the Peace by the HKSAR Government.
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