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Honorary Doctorate

Stanley HO

2009 Honorary Doctorate

Stanley HO

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Dr Stanley Ho Hung Sun, a renowned entrepreneur in Hong Kong and Macau, is known for his philanthropic generosity and active participation in the promotion of arts and culture, education and other community services. He is presently a Standing Committee member of the 11th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.

In Hong Kong, he is the Chairman of the publicly listed Shun Tak Holdings Limited and SJM Holdings Limited, and has been the President of The Real Estate Developers Association of Hong Kong since 1984, dedicated to the development of the economy.

In Macau, he is the Managing Director of Sociedade de Jogos de Macau, S A (SJM) and Sociedade de Turismo e Diversões de Macau, S A (STDM), and has been appointed a member of the Economic Development Council of the Macau Special Administrative Region (SAR) government and a trustee of Macau Foundation.

Adhering to the principle of ‘from society to society’, Dr Ho supports many activities for the benefit of the community. He is Vice Patron of The Community Chest of Hong Kong, Patron of the Society of the Academy for Performing Arts, Honorary Lifetime Chairman of The University of Hong Kong Foundation for Educational Development and Research, Founding Member of the Court of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Founding Honorary Lifetime Chairman of the PolyU Development Foundation, and Vice President of The Hong Kong Girl Guides Association. In Macau, he is Council Member of the University of Macau, Honorary Chair of the Council of Macao University of Science and Technology, Vice President of Kiang Wu Hospital Charitable Association, Chairman of the Trustee Board of Dr Stanley Ho Medical Development Foundation, and Permanent Honorary President of the Association of Chinese Culture and Art of Macau.

Dr Ho is dedicated to promoting arts and culture and strengthening cross cultural exchanges between Hong Kong, Macau, China and other countries. He is a regular supporter of the Hong Kong Arts Festival and Hong Kong Ballet. He brought the world renowned National Ballet of China to perform in Hong Kong and Macau, and sponsored international cultural events, such as the ‘Year of France in China’ and ‘Portugal Meets China’ held in Beijing, and the Genée International Ballet Competition in Hong Kong. In addition to financial support, he has also taken part in a variety of performances, such as dancing, singing, public speaking, drama, and Chinese opera. His charming appeals have helped to raise more funds for the charities.

In 1990, Dr Ho founded the Stanley Ho Astronautics Training Foundation, and is its Trustee. An advisor to Beijing’s 2008 Olympic Games Bidding Committee and one of the Olympic Torch Runners in Macau, he contributed to the construction of the National Aquatics Centre and the Beijing Olympic Equestrian Events in Hong Kong. Over the years, his helping hand has been stretched to various sectors of society, including donations to the orphans in Guangdong, relief aids to the victims of natural disasters, and sponsorships for the development of education. Dr Ho is dedicated to the promotion of Chinese culture with an aim to foster the patriotic spirit. He contributed to the construction of the China Century Monument in Beijing, and purchased the bronze pig head and horse head of Yuanmingyuan to return to China.

He was awarded the Gold Bauhinia Star by the Hong Kong SAR government, and the Grand Lotus Medal of Honour and the Golden Lotus Medal of Honour by the Macau SAR government. In China, he was awarded honorary citizenships by a number of cities, including Beijing and Guangzhou. Macau and Portugal each has an avenue named after him. He holds honorary doctoral degrees from the University of Macau, The University of Hong Kong, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and The Open University of Hong Kong. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, and a Fellow of The Royal Academy of Dance in the United Kingdom. With his international profile, Dr Ho received a number of decorations and honours from governments around the world, including Portugal, the United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Spain, Japan, Malaysia, the Papal Insignia and others. In June 2009, he was awarded the G2E Asia Visionary Award for his contribution to the Asian gaming market and to the region’s development and growth, and the Hong Kong Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award for his philanthropic generosity in the promotion of arts and culture.