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HKUST Pro-Chancellor, Court and Council appointments announced
     The Government today (February 28) announced that the Chief Executive (CE), in his capacity as the Chancellor of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), has appointed Dr John Chan as the Pro-Chancellor of HKUST, with effect from March 6, 2023.
     Dr Chan was the Chairman of the HKUST Council from 2002 to 2008, and has served as the Chairman of the HKUST Court since then. Over the past two decades, Dr Chan has made significant contributions in leading the HKUST's development. On the authorisation of the Chancellor, the Pro-Chancellor may exercise the powers and perform the duties of the Chancellor, including presiding at degree congregations.
     In addition, the CE has appointed Mr Andrew Liao to succeed Dr John Chan as the Chairman of the HKUST Court for a term of three years with effect from March 6, 2023. Mr Liao has served as the Chairman of the HKUST Council since 2015 and will complete his current term on March 5, 2023.
     The Secretary for Education, Dr Choi Yuk-lin, expressed her gratitude to the outgoing Council Chairman, Mr Andrew Liao. "Mr Liao has actively led HKUST in charting its strategic direction and enhancing its corporate governance, as well as spearheading the establishment of HKUST (Guangzhou). The successful commissioning of HKUST (Guangzhou) in September last year owes much to Mr Liao's efforts. I am confident that Mr Liao will lead the HKUST Court in providing valuable insight for HKUST's development to enable it to scale new heights," she said.
     The CE has also appointed Professor Harry Shum to succeed Mr Andrew Liao as the Chairman of the HKUST Council for a term of three years with effect from March 6, 2023.

     Dr Choi welcomed Professor Shum's appointment. "Professor Shum is a distinguished computer scientist and business leader who has dedicated himself to the research and development of artificial intelligence and has become a leader in the global field of its practical applications. With his rich experience and eminent accomplishments in the field of scientific research, particularly in pooling the efforts of industry, academic and research sectors to commercialise research and development results as well as his extensive network in the Asia-Pacific region and internationally, I am confident that Professor Shum will lead HKUST to go from strength to strength and propel the university's innovation and technology (I&T) development, commercialisation of research results, and international exchange and co-operation. Professor Shum will lead HKUST in facilitating talent development in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and contributing to Hong Kong's advancement into an international I&T hub, complementing the National 14th Five-Year Plan," she said.
     Professor Shum is the Founding Chairman of the International Digital Economy Academy. He is also serving as a member of the Advisory Committee on Attracting Strategic Enterprises and the Digital Economy Development Committee established by the Government.
     The CE has also appointed Ms Kitty Choi, Ms Lo Po-man and Mr Sebastian Man as members of the HKUST Council for a term of three years. Ms Choi's appointment will take effect on April 1, 2023, while the appointments of Ms Lo and Mr Man will take effect on August 1, 2023.
Ends/Tuesday, February 28, 2023
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