Celebrating Dr Lee Shau Kee

21st March 2018

News, Alumni news

Lee Shau Kee scholars joined a 90th birthday celebration to honour the benefactor who funded their education at Wadham.

  • Dr Lee Shau Kee cuts his birthday cake

  • Wadham's Lee Shau Kee Scholars

    Wadham's Lee Shau Kee Scholars

  • Dr Lee Shau Kee and guests listen to the video message from the Warden, Ken Macdonald QC

During the 1970s and 1980s, studying at Oxford was only a dream for many students from Hong Kong, but Dr Lee turned this dream into a reality

Victor Lee (1993, Engineering)

Celebrating his 90th birthday in Hong Kong, Dr Lee Shau Kee was joined by 37 former LSK scholars, whose education he funded through a pioneering scholarship scheme, established in 1979.

The Lee Shau Kee Scholarships, which ran from 1979 to 2006, allowed 100 of Hong Kong’s most talented students to pursue an undergraduate degree at Oxford. For a generation, the Scholarships were an aspiration for the city’s top academic achievers and encouraged countless students to consider an Oxford education.

Guests gathered at a beautiful venue in Hong Kong, and watched a message recorded by Warden Ken Macdonald QC, wishing Dr Lee many happy returns and thanking him for his incredible support to the College and Scholarship programme.

“It has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my wardenship to meet the exceptionally talented Lee Shau Kee Scholars and see how they are now contributing to their communities. The Scholars are a continuing tribute to Dr Lee’s vision and Wadham is fortunate indeed to have Dr Lee as an Honorary Fellow. Thanks to his munificent support, the Lee Shau Kee programme became one of the most important scholarship schemes Oxford has ever seen”, said the Warden.

Thanks to the continued and outstanding generosity of Dr Lee Shau Kee, Wadham is now developing the first ever dedicated access facility in Oxford, to welcome young people from all backgrounds aspiring to study at Oxford. This has become a reality thanks to Dr Lee’s transformational support.

Warm thanks is extended to Victor Lee (Engineering Science, 1993) who helped to organise this event, and to all those who attended.

The Lee Shau Kee Scholarships provided an unparalleled education at Oxford and changed our lives

Charles Cheng (1979, Engineering)