Tung Wah College (TWC) held its first Honorary Fellowship Conferment Ceremony today (6 October), conferring four distinguished individuals, namely Professor Fung Yuk Kuen Sylvia, Dr. Ko Wing Man, Dr. Joseph Lee Chung Tak, and Dr. Walton Li Wai Tat, in recognition of their contributions to TWC and society. The ceremony was officiated by Mr. Philip Ma Ching-yeung, Chairperson of Tung Wah Group of Hospitals Board of Directors 2022/2023 cum Chairperson of Board of Governors of TWC.
In his address, Mr. Ma stressed that it will be a significant milestone for TWC to establish The Honorary Fellowship to bestow upon eminent individuals, who have made a positive impact on the society with their professional and community contributions, and it is also a good occasion for us to reflect on the missions of Tung Wah Group of Hospitals (TWGHs). “The ongoing commitment of the Honorary Fellows to contributing to the community, including sharing of knowledge and skills and provision of public service and charity work, aligns with and reaffirms the visions of TWGHs to build a better community to serve all walks of life. I believe the four exemplary role models will help to inspire every TWC member to foster engagement with the wider community.”
Mrs. Viola Chan Man Yee-Wai, Chairperson of College Council, acknowledged the four Honorary Fellowship recipients as distinguished leaders, and she said they have demonstrated their relentless efforts to reach their current positions and their capabilities to utilise their knowledge, expertise and wisdom across a wide range of sectors. “They will definitely serve as our role models of holistic thinking, lifelong learning, all-round development and innovation. Most importantly, they have played an important role in reinforcing positive energy and thinking through their exemplary achievements and consistent devotion to our community in addressing local and global issues.”
Professor Sally Chan, President of TWC, also extended congratulations and thanked them for supporting the College, “they not only drive to excel in their own professions, but also bring positive impact on the community, especially in youth development, as well as medical and health care. Their knowledge and expertise will provide valuable insights for TWC to reach greater heights. I look forward to the continuous support and guidance from our Honorary Fellows and stakeholders as we move forward to achieve our strategic goal of becoming a quality private university.”
Speaking on behalf of the four Honorary Fellowship recipients, Dr. Ko Wing Man commended TWC’s widely pursued professionally accredited allied health and nursing degree programmes for their exceptional quality and for nurturing students to become capable, responsible, and caring professionals.
“These professionals and the vital medical services they provide are needed now more than ever, as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic highlights. Having been on the frontline during the first SARS outbreak as acting Hospital Authority Chief Executive and led the fight against the virus, I have first-hand appreciation of the challenges front line doctors and nurses are facing when tackling emerging diseases. Our health care system and health care workers are the defensive shield that protects the society from various threats to health. Yet, in Hong Kong and many other places across the world, there are severe manpower shortage in many healthcare professional disciplines. This situation underlines the importance of TWC and its mission to nurture professionals who excel at their jobs and are compassionate,” remarked Dr. Ko.
Please click here for the citations of the four Honorary Fellowship recipients and relevant information of the Ceremony.