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July 20 2007

Hong Kong graduations honor local philanthropist

UniSA graduates 650 students in Hong KongAbout 650 graduates will celebrate the completion of their degree studies at special University of South Australia (UniSA) awards ceremonies in Hong Kong on July 21 and 22 at Hong Kong Baptist University and City University of Hong Kong.

As part of the ceremony at HKBU, Hong Kong philanthropist and consultant to the Hong Kong Grace Charity Foundation, Mrs Yuanlian Lee, will be made an Honorary Fellow of the University of South Australia.

Yuanlian Lee has spent a lifetime dedicated to social work and to fighting poverty through the development of educational opportunity. She is the founder of the Hong Kong Grace Charity Foundation and consultant to the Tsinghua University Anti Poverty Project. 

Among the hundreds of graduates, five students will be awarded their PhDs, eight will receive their Doctor of Business Administration, and at the HKBU ceremony, 156 students will be awarded Masters qualifications in two key areas - Social Sciences (counselling) and Building and Planning (project management).

The ceremonies will be attended for the first time by UniSA’s new Vice Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj who says he is looking forward to meeting and talking to the new graduates.

“I feel privileged to be leading an institution that has developed strong educational partnerships across the region - partnerships that continue to make a difference to the lives of individuals and our nations,” Professor Høj said.

“Educational engagement is one of the most valuable paths to understanding, collaboration and development.”

The events will also be the last awards ceremony in Hong Kong for retiring UniSA Chancellor David Klingberg AM after almost 10 years with the University.

“In that time one of my greatest pleasures has been to attend these ceremonies in Hong Kong and other cities across the region and to see the growth and pride education brings to the lives of our students,” Chancellor Klingberg said.

“I estimate I have shaken the hands of almost 10,000 students as they crossed the stage in Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia since I was made Chancellor. I have seen, on each and every face, what an important educational milestone it is to graduate and it has been a great honour to be part of that.”

Key speakers at the UniSA Awards ceremonies are UniSA Pro Vice Chancellor for the Division of Business, Professor Gerry Griffin and Pro Vice Chancellor for the Division of Education Arts and Social Sciences Professor Michael Rowan.

UniSA is one of the leading Australian education providers to the people of Hong Kong offering programs both in South Australia and in Hong Kong through educational partnerships with City University of Hong Kong, APMI Kaplan, and Hong Kong Baptist University. An average of 3000 students from Hong Kong study with UniSA every year.

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