HKU welcomes the establishment of the Patrick S C Poon Professorship in Statistics and Actuarial Science

Patrick S C Poon Professorship in Statistics and Actuarial Science

“The establishment of this Endowed Professorship helps The University of Hong Kong secure its leadership position in the field of Statistics and Actuarial Science. May the fine tradition of teaching and research at the University be strengthened and generations of students be inspired.” Mr Patrick S C Poon (BSc 1970)

In April 2011, a dedication ceremony was held to celebrate the establishment of the Patrick S C Poon Professorship in Statistics and Actuarial Science, which is the first Endowed Professorship designated to the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science. This was made possible through a donation of $10 million from Mr Patrick Poon Sun-Cheong and matched by the University to form a permanent endowment of $20 million.

The ceremony was attended by friends of Mr Poon and the University, and was followed by a dinner in honour of Mr Poon at University Lodge.

The establishment of the Patrick S C Poon Professorship in Statistics and Actuarial Science will assist Professor Ng Kai-Wang (the inaugural incumbent) with his work at the leading edge of scientific research. After his graduation in 1979, Professor Ng remained at HKU and has since played a key role in the development of the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science. He has published more than 80 peer-reviewed articles in international journals and has co-authored six books, three of which are in the world-renowned monograph series and another has become a graduate textbook in China.

Background information of the Endowed Professors is available at http://www.hku.hk/ephku/.

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