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Cardiff University honours leading Hong Kong businessman

23 October 2007

Cardiff University has awarded an honorary fellowship to a prominent Hong Kong businessman with a distinguished lifetime of success in business and an exemplary record of public service.

Dr Fong Yun-wah, a leading member of the business community in China, received the honorary fellowship in recognition of his achievements.

As Chairman of the Hip Shing Hong Group of Companies and Managing Director of the Kam Wah Investment Company Limited, Dr Fong is a successful businessman and entrepreneur. Through the Fong Shu Fook Tong Foundation and the Fong Family Foundation, Dr Fong annually sets aside a portion of his business profits to support education, social welfare, and charity work. He has contributed significantly towards promoting academic exchange between mainland China, Hong Kong and Western universities, an area where Cardiff University’s own world-wide networks include strong and mutually-beneficial links.

The award was made by the University’s Vice-Chancellor, Dr David Grant at a ceremony held in Hong Kong. One of the University’s leading cancer researchers Professor Wen Jiang from the School of Medicine also attended and met with Dr Fong. In 2004, Professor Jiang’s team identified a protein molecule which could be vital in controlling the development of breast cancer and now leads a team of scientists and clinicians looking at how and why cancer spreads and how to stop it.

Dr Fong said: "As a lifelong believer in the importance and value of education, I will try my best to assist Cardiff University in its world-leading research into the causes and effects of cancer. It is my sincere hope that the researchers from Cardiff and the universities and institutions of China and Hong Kong will collaborate to advance the field of knowledge in this area and to provide important health benefits to people in all countries."

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Notes to Editors:

1. Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities. Founded by Royal Charter in 1883, the University today combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; preparation for a wide range of professions; and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning. Cardiff is a member of the Russell Group of Britain’s leading research universities.

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Further Information:

Emma Darling,

Public Relations Office,

Cardiff University

Tel: 029 2087 4499

Email: DarlingEL@cardiff.ac.uk