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Date: May 09, 2005

University of Victoria Holds Beijing Convocation

The University of Victoria is holding a special convocation ceremony in Beijingís Great Hall of the People on May 12 to confer honorary degrees upon two exceptional citizens. The event will help to expand and strengthen UVicís links with universities and other institutions in China.

Annie Suk-Ching Wu will be honoured for her outstanding public service. The managing director of the Hong Kong Beijing Air Catering Company, she established the first joint venture between Hong Kong and Mainland China in 1980. Her first job was as a waitress in her fatherís restaurant. Since then she has become the vice-chair of more than 15 joint venture and catering companies in China. Her many community activities tend to focus on womenís and childrenís issues and she is actively involved in more than 30 business, volunteer and public service organizations, including the Soong Ching Ling Childrenís Foundation Ltd.

An honorary degree will also be presented to Albert Hung Chao Hong, a successful importer/exporter with a strong record of philanthropic support for education, health and welfare, and athletics. He is actively involved in several sports organizations, including the 80,000-member South China Athletic Association, a non-profit organization established a century ago in Hong Kong. His financial contributions have exceeded $17.5 million Canadian for education, health and sports programs.

UVic is believed to be the first Canadian university to hold convocation at the Great Hall of the People, the site of the China National Peopleís Congress meetings. UVic Chancellor Ron Lou-Poy will preside over the ceremony. He will be joined by UVic President David Turpin along with a contingent of university representatives including board of governors members and faculty, and the UVic Chamber Singers.

Honorary degrees are awarded by the UVic Senate based on nominations received from the university community. Criteria include distinction in scholarship, research, teaching, the creative arts or public service.

UVic already has strong ties with China. It has established the Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives (CAPI), the Centre for Global Studies, and the department of Pacific and Asian Studies. UVic has co-operation and exchange agreements with East China Normal University, Shandong University, University of International Business and Economics, and Yanbian University. Currently, 17 UVic faculty members are conducting China-related research.
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