Dr CHUNG King Fai and Rimsky YUEN Kwok Keung received honorary degrees in the 44th Graduation Ceremony


Dr CHUNG King Fai (left) and Mr. Rimsky YUEN (right)

Honorary degrees were conferred upon the celebrated stage actor and director and drama educator Dr CHUNG King Fai, and the distinguished lawyer and former Secretary for Justice of the government, Rimsky YUEN Kwok Keung, during the 44th graduation ceremony at Hong Kong Shue Yan University (HKSYU) on the 29th November 2018.

The ceremony for the conferment of honorary degrees was held in Lady Lily Shaw Hall and was presided over by Professor Hu Yao-Su, Provost of HKSYU.

Dr CHUNG King Fai: Doctor of Letters, honoris causa

In his citation, written by Dr. WONG Chung Ming, Professor LEUNG Tin Wai, Head of the Department of Journalism and Communication, praised Dr. CHUNG for his prodigious artistic achievements and contributions to drama and the performance sector as well as drama education in Hong Kong. Dr. CHUNG started his performance life in 1950 in Pui Ching Middle School. After studying in the English Department of Chung Chi College, one of the three original colleges that later formed Chinese University of Hong Kong, he furthered his studies overseas at Oklahoma Baptist University in the US, majoring in speech and drama. Later he enrolled in a Master of Fine Arts programme at Yale University’s School of Drama. During his studies, he delved deeply into the craft and techniques of stage performance. This excellent learning experience helped lay the foundation for building his future reputation as “Master of the Dramatic Arts”.

Professor LEUNG said that after returning to Hong Kong, Dr. CHUNG took up teaching at Hong Kong Baptist University. The subjects he taught were all related to drama, the theatre and the craft of performance. He joined Television Broadcasts Limited (TVB) in 1967 as manager (programme and production) in charge of skits and entertainment shows, and launched the TVB Artiste Training Class in 1971. In 1983, he became the founding Dean of the School of Drama at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.

“Dr. CHUNG lights up the Hong Kong theatre as an exemplary role model in both words and deeds. His glittering achievements are unique. Now in his eighties, he has a burning ambition as he continues his work of nurturing and grooming young talent. He observes that ‘At 60 you are not yet old; at 70 you are just beginning to get old; it is only at 80 that you are old’,” Professor LEUNG said. (Full citation)

Rimsky YUEN Kwok Keung: Doctor of Laws, honoris causa

In her citation, Dr. Claire WILSON, Head of the Department of Law and Business, presented some of the highlights of Rimsky YUEN’s distinguished legal career since 1987, noting that he is a Hongkonger through and through – born in Hong Kong in 1964 and was educated at Queen Elizabeth School before receiving the LLB and PCLL from the University of Hong Kong in 1986 and 1987, respectively. In 2003, he was appointed Senior Counsel, and in 1997, he graduated with a Master of Laws degree from the City University of Hong Kong.

Dr. WILSON said Mr. YUEN’s practice includes a broad range of civil and commercial matters. In 2006, he was appointed Recorder of the High Court; he served as Chairman of the Hong Kong Bar Association from 2007 to 2009; was Chairman of the Transport Advisory Committee from 2010 to 2012; and performed the duties of non-executive director of the Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Authority from 2010 to 2012. Between 2012 and 2017, he was the Secretary for Justice of the Government. Since returning to practice as a barrister at Temple Chambers in April 2018, he continues to serve Hong Kong – he is a council member of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, and also a member of the Exchange Fund Advisory Committee. He is also currently a member of the International Commercial Expert Committee of the Supreme People’s Court of the People’s Republic of China.

In 2017, Mr. YUEN was awarded the Grand Bauhinia Medal in recognition of his dedicated and distinguished public service to the government and the Hong Kong community, particularly in his capacity as Secretary for Justice.

“Throughout his five-and-a-half-year term of office, the Department of Justice faced a series of major challenges during which Rimsky YUEN provided strong and effective leadership demonstrating an unwavering commitment to upholding the rule of law,” Dr WILSON said. (Full citation)

Rimsky YUEN: adhere to the rule of law

Mr. YUEN then made a speech on behalf of Dr. CHUNG and himself. “I am humbled by this award of an honorary degree. For me, the conferment of this honorary degree is a recognition of the critical role played by the law in our society, the importance of maintaining the rule of law, as well as the essential role played by the legal profession (in both the private and public sectors, including those in the government),” he said.

“I am convinced that if we can continue to make our legal system work in a fair and efficient manner, if we can continue to adhere to both the spirit and the substance of the rule of law, and if we can provide good education to our future generations (both within and outside schools), Hong Kong would remain a place where all of us would be proud to call it our home.” (Full speech)

Source: Dec 2018/Jan 2019 Combined Issue

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