Newsletter No. 73

University to Honour Former Governor Historian, and two Entrepreneurs at 50th Congregation The University's 50th congregation for the conferment of honorary degrees will be held on 18th January 1996. The Rt. Hon. Christopher Patten, Governor of Hong Kong and Chancellor of the University, will confer honorary doctorates on four distinguished persons: Lord Wilson of Tillyorn, GCMG, LLD, DLitt, former Governor of Hong Kong; Prof. Jonathan D. Spence, LHD, LittD, internationally renowned historian at Yale University; Mr. Tang Hsiang Chien, OBE, JP, eminent industrialist and chairman of Peninsula Knitters Ltd.; and Mr. Thomas Chen Tseng-tao, CBE, leading property developer and director of Hang Lung Development Co. Ltd. Lord Wilson will receive the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, while Prof. Spence will be awarded the degree of Doctor of Literature, honoris causa. Mr. Tang and Mr. Chen will both receive the degree of Doctor of Social Science, honoris causa. A more detailed description of their achievements will be published nearer the time of the 50th congregation. The Quest f or Longevi ty According to Prof. Jean Woo of the Department of Medicine, 'The prolongation of our life-span has been accompanied by an increase in diseases, sensory impairment, and functional disability, all of which are in fact amenable to prevention.' In her professorial inaugural lecture on 'The Quest for Longevity', delivered on 9th June at the Prince of Wales Hospital, Prof. Woo said studies have shown that equal or greater gains were achieved from the prevention or delay of several major degenerative diseases than from the complete elimination of one. She described how Hong Kong is coping with the challenges of ageing in order to 'achieve aprolongation of healthy life expectancy, rather than mere life expectancy.' Prof. Woo received her BA, MB BCh, MA, and MD degrees from the University of Cambridge. She joined CUHK in 1985 and was promoted to professorship in October 1994. CU staff and Students Win Laurels The outstanding performance of many members of the University hasgained recognition from various quarters: O L I H o n o u r s Sir Q . W. Lee Sir Q. W. Lee, chairman of the University Council, will be awarded the degree of Doctor of Business Administration, honoris causa, by the Open Learning Institute in December 1995, in recognition of his remarkable achievements in banking and extensive contribution to education and public service. Two Members on Queen's B i r t h d a y H o n o u r s L i s t Dr. Chan Po-fun, Trustee of United College, and Prof. Chan Kai-ming of the Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, have been made an MBE and an OBE respectively on the Queen's Birthday Honours List announced on 17th June 1995. Medical Professor Honoured by A u s t r a l a s i an C o l l e ge Prof. Teik E. Oh was recently elected councillor of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthesia. This is the first time an Asian fellow of the College working outside Australasia has been so honoured. Prof. Oh is chairman of the University's Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care and the chief of service of Anaesthesia and the Intensive Care Unit at the Prince of Wales Hospital. He is credited with propagating modern concepts of intensive care. Prof. Oh said that he was honoured to be elected by his peers in Australasia and added that it reflected recognition of the hard work done by the health care staff at the Prince of Wales Hospital. C U H K G r a d u a t e s Sc o re H i g h e s t i n H K S A / A C CA Exams The Hong Kong Society of Accountants announced in theMay/June 1995 issue of The Prospective Accountant: The Students' Journal of the Hong Kong Society of Accountants that in the HKSA/ ACCA j o i nt examinations held in December 1994, the top students for the four non-exemptible papers in the profession stage examinations are all CUHK professional accountancy graduates. There are altogether 14 papers in the HKSA/ACCA joint examinations, and CU professional accountancy graduates are exempted from 10 of them 一 the maximum possible exemption given by the society. 1994 graduates Ms. Sham Heung- Wah and Ms. Karen Ng Man-yee outdid other candidates in papers 10H ('H' indicating Hong Kong variance) 'Accountingand Audit Practice' and 11H 'Tax Planning' respectively; 1993 graduate Ms. Choy Siu-ching and 1991 graduate Ms. Poon Hung-ling were the top scorers in paper 13H 'Financial Reporting Environment', while 1993 graduate Ms. Janet Chan Kit-man scored the highest in paper 14 'Financial Strategy'. Inauguration of the Asian Association of Social Psychology The inaugural conference of the Asian Association of Social Psychology sponsored by Chung Chi College and the Department of Psychology was held at the Wong Foo Yuan Building from 21st to 23rd June 1995. A total of 56 papers were presented and over 100 participants from 35 universities spanning 12 countries attended the conference. The executive committee of the association comprises psychologists from seven Asian countries. Dr. Leung Kwok, senior lecturer and chairman of the University's Department of Psychology, was elected president. This conference, to be held every two years, marks the beginning of a new era for Asian social psychology, providing the impetus for it to become a 'third force' in addition to American and European social psychology. The Association will play a key role in promoting social psychology in Asia, including publication of conference proceedings, and the launching of the Asian Journal of Social Psychology.