A unique and authentic learning opportunity about people, culture and countries on the Belt and Road at Li Po Chun United World College of Hong Kong
HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 15 May 2018 - Li Po Chun United World College of Hong Kong ('LPCUWC' or 'the College') has receivedHK$50M donation from Dr The Honorable Lee Shau Kee, GBM, throughLee Shau Kee Foundation ('the Foundation') for the establishment of a Belt and Road Resources Centre ('The Centre') at the College in Wu Kai Sha, Shatin.The Centre is scheduled to open in autumn 2019.
Dr. Lee Shau Kee and Li Po Chun United World College of Hong Kong signed the donation agreement. (From left to right: Dr Ronald Lu, Board Member and Chairman of the Campus Development Sub- committee of LPCUWC; Mr Thomas Liang,Board Member of LPCUWC; Mr Anthony Tong,Chairman of the Board of LPCUWC; Dr Lee Shau Kee, Chairman of Henderson Land Group; Dr Peter Lee, Vice Chairman of Henderson Land Group; Mr Martin Lee, Vice Chairman of Henderson Land Group)
From left to right: Mr Willie Heung, Development Director of LPCUWC; Mr Arnett Edwards, Principal of LPCUWC; Mrs Ruth Lau, the School Supervisor of LPCUWC; Dr Ronald Lu, Board Member and Chairman of theCampus Development Sub-committee of LPCUWC; Mr Thomas Liang,Board Member of LPCUWC; Mr Anthony Tong, Chairman of the Board of LPCUWC; Dr Lee Shau Kee, Chairman of Henderson Land Group; Dr Peter Lee, Vice Chairman of Henderson Land Group; Mr Martin Lee, Vice Chairman of Henderson Land Group; Dr Colin Lam, Vice Chairmanof Henderson Land Group; Mr John Yip, Executive Directorof Henderson Land Group; Mr Augustine Wong,Executive Director of Henderson Land Group; Ms Bonnie Ngan, General Manager of Corporate Communications Department of Henderson Land Group)
The donationcame as a timely supportfor the College to realiseits plan to establish a Resources Centre to build up the interests and capacity of young Hong Kong peopleto benefit from the opportunities in the Belt and Road (BaR) Initiative. Strategically placed, Hong Kong stands to benefit from the Initiative which builds on the commondesire among the BaR countries to establish constructive human relations. It is envisioned that the establishment of the Centrewould enable thousandsof students from secondary schools across Hong Kong to benefit from intercultural and international experiences starting with short courses in aiding understanding of the BaR countries. "We firmly believe that the establishment of a Resources Centrewould enable the College to fulfil its mission to broaden the horizon and enhance the intercultural skill sets of our youngsters through their authentic engagement with our students from the Belt and Road countries, and the wholecommunity of nearly80 nationalities represented on our campus." said Mr Anthony Tong, Chairman of the Board of Li Po Chun United World College of Hong Kong.
Since 1992 when the College was founded, LPCUWChas been educating students from more than 145 countries, nearly a quarter of them from the BaR countries. With 25 years of such diverse intake and close to 600 BaR graduates by this academicyear, LPCUWC is uniquely positioned to help build up the capacity of a criticalmass of young people in Hong Kong to serve the dreams for peace and a sustainable future in these territories. Over the past 25 years, LPCUWC students and alumni have led service trips and projects that took place in BaR countries like Cambodia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand. Their rich experiences would be harnessed and structured for sharing with other Hong Kong students through short courses or service learning trips, made possible thanks to some generous donors. Collectively, these people-to-people bonds would provide the human-resource networks to underpin opportunities for commercial ventures, financial enterprises, cultural exchange, infrastructure development and other constructive human synergies.
The Belt and Road Resources Centre at Li Po Chun United World College of Hong Kong provides a strong platform to build up the humancapital network, allowingthe connectivity that would one day be useful in students' futurepursuits in education or adult careersworking in BaR projects and endeavours in the countries beyond.
About Li Po Chun United World College of Hong Kong
Li Po Chun United World College of Hong Kong (LPCUWC) is one of 17 colleges of the United World Colleges (UWC) Movement. The aim of the UWC is to unite people, nationsand cultures for peace and a sustainable future. Centralto the UWC ethos is the belief that educationcan bring togetheryoung people from all backgrounds on the basis of their shared humanity, to engage with the possibility of social change through courageous action, personal exampleand selfless leadership.
The first UWC collegewas opened in Wales in 1965. LPCUWC started operationin 1992 as one of the first local IB schools, and the first international boardingschool in Hong Kong. LPCUWCis celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Over the past 25 years, there have been students from 147 different countries living together on campus, sharingexperiences and creating an exceptional collegecommunity united in the mission.
The foundingof LPCUWC can be tracedback to 1978 when Dr Lee Quo-WeiGBM JP (Sir Q W Lee), then Chairman of the Hong Kong Selection Committee, was recruiting Hong Kong students to study in the overseas colleges of UWC. Impressed by the high calibre of UWC graduates, Sir Q W Lee initiated the idea of establishing a UWC college in Hong Kong together with Mr Li Shiu Tsang MBE JP, whose family had set up the Li Po Chun Charitable Trust. The concept was strongly supported by Sir David Wilson, then Governorof Hong Kong, and Mr David Sutcliffe, then Principal of Atlantic Collegein Wales. Not long after, the present site of LPCUWC in Ma On Shan was allocated to the college by the Government of Hong Kong. For more information, please visit www.lpcuwc.edu.hk