Ir Tony SHUM, a 1977 graduate, recently donated HK$10M to The University of Hong Kong (HKU) to establish the Tony Shum Education Fund. The Fund aims to support the education and development of students in the Department of Civil Engineering. It will provide resources to enhance the teaching facilities of the Department, with the objectives of supporting the improvement of laboratory equipment, computers and software, and the renovation of laboratories and studios. The Fund will also provide support for students of the Department, enabling them to participate in experiential learning activities locally, on the Mainland and overseas, as well as in international competitions. The Fund will also offer financial support to students with financial needs.
Ir Shum said, “I am humbled and blessed to have an Education Fund established at my alma mater. I hope that the students who benefit from this will eventually make their mark in the engineering and construction industry and continue to promote the Civil Engineering excellence of HKU. I deeply believe ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive’.”
Professor Christopher Chao, Dean of Engineering, expressed his gratitude to Ir Shum for his generosity: “The Faculty is greatly honoured and grateful for the generous support of Ir Tony Shum. The donation is meaningful to us as it illustrates the strong and enduring bonds between alumni and the Faculty.”
Professor Francis Au, Head of Department of Civil Engineering, said: “Ir Shum is our alumnus and has maintained a strong link with his alma mater over the years. The Fund is all the more notable as is a personal commitment from Ir Shum to help his ‘brother and sister’ engineers. We look forward to working closely with Ir Shum to ensure that the donation is put into good use to support our students, our teaching and our development in the coming years.”
Ir Tony SHUM graduated from HKU’s Department of Civil Engineering with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree in 1977. Before his retirement in early 2016, Ir Shum was Chairman of Asia Pacific at AECOM, a renowned global engineering and construction firm. He was Managing Director of the Maunsell Group in Asia when Maunsell merged with AECOM in 2000. He is now a non-executive board director of Global Infrastructure Solutions, a leading construction and management services company in North America. Ir. Shum is also the Founding Chairman of the Engineering & Construction Evangelical Fellowship in Hong Kong.
Accompanied by the Dean of Engineering Professor Christopher Chao (1st from left), Professor Xiang Zhang (2nd from left), President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Hong Kong, received a donation cheque of HK$10 million from Ir and Mrs Tony Shum (2nd and 1st from right).
(From left) Professor S.C. Wong (Associate Dean of Engineering (Development and External Relations), HKU), Ir Tony Shum, Professor Xiang Zhang (President and Vice-Chancellor, HKU), Professor Christopher Chao (Dean of Engineering, HKU), Professor Francis Au (Head of Department of Civil Engineering, HKU) and Ms Bernadette Tsui (Director of Development and Alumni Affairs Office, HKU).
The Shum’s family shared the joy with Professor Xiang Zhang at the donation ceremony.