Some fifty guests gathered at the Renaissance Hong Kong Harbour View Hotel, in the company of the Warden, Ken Macdonald QC.
In his address, the Warden thanked Hong Kong alumni for their friendship and ongoing support of Wadham’s activities, including the College’s ambitious Access to Excellence programme designed to support young people throughout their educational journey. Lord Macdonald also made the first official announcement of leadership-benefactions to the College from William Doo (Law, 1993) and family and Honorary Fellow of Wadham, Dr Lee Shau Kee, to fund two new buildings on the Wadham site. John Yip from Henderson Land represented Dr Lee while both William Doo junior and William Doo senior attended the event.
Dr Wood was one of the Fellows coordinating the Lee Shau Kee Scholars for almost three decades. Delighted to have the opportunity to see him again, Wadham alumni queued for photographs.
Director of Development Julie Hage commented: “It was lovely to see the warmth and affection that our Hong Kong alumni have for Dr Wood. The event was a very happy occasion and guests were very moved when they heard of the generous donations from our benefactors. The new William Doo Undergraduate Centre will transform undergraduate life in College and the Dr Lee Shau Kee Building will serve as a nexus for Wadham’s access programme, welcoming all our prospective applicants”.
The event followed a celebration of Professor Louise Richardson’s first visit to China in her capacity as Vice-Chancellor. Wadham Old Members joined a gathering of more than 140 Oxford alumni at the Hong Kong Bankers Club.
We look forward to seeing Hong Kong based alumni for another series of events next year, in connection with a mini Oxford reunion in Hong Kong in March 2017. More information will follow on the alumni pages of the website.