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SEM honoured by University College London

   The Secretary for Education and Manpower, Professor Arthur KC Li has been awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science (Medicine), University of London by University College London (UCL), a government spokesman said today (September 7).

     The presentation ceremony took place on September 4 at the university. The award reflects Professor Li's outstanding contribution to surgery and the academia throughout his career.  

     In the citation, the university highlighted Professor Li's distinguished achievements as an internationally renowned surgeon, his strong leadership as former Vice-Chancellor of The Chinese University of Hong Kong and his contribution to education as Secretary for Education and Manpower. His high regard for independent thinking and all-round education was reflected in his implementation of education reform in Hong Kong. He was also recognised for his defence of academic freedom.  

     The university said that Professor Li was a strong advocate of international collaboration, as exemplified by his recent efforts in championing a strategic alliance between the United Kingdom and Hong Kong higher education sectors.

     Professor Li graduated from UCL's former Middlesex Hospital School of Medicine in 1969. He was very pleased to have received this honour from his alma mater.

Ends/Thursday, September 7, 2006
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