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Li Dak Sum statue unveiled and Library named

Li Dak Sum

One of UNNC's major donors was honoured on Saturday with the unveiling of a statue and having a library named in his family's honour.

Singapore-based businessman and philanthropist Dr. Li Dak Sum and members of his family helped to unveil the statue, which was commissioned in recognition of the Li family's valuable contribution to UNNC since its inception in 2004.

Their latest 20 million RMB donation - made earlier this year - allowed for the appointment of Li Dak Sum Chair Professors across a range of key research areas, including Marine Economics, New Materials and business innovation.

At the ceremony, Dr. Li and his wife Mrs. Li Yip Yio Chin were also awarded donation certificates to recognise the foundation of the Li Yip Yio Chin Scholarship, which rewards outstanding Chinese Gaokao students with full 4-year exemptions from tuition fees.

Dr. Li's grandson, Kenneth Li was honoured alongside his grandparents with the naming of a valuable new UNNC facility. The new Li Dak Sum-Li Yip Yio Chin-Kenneth Li Library will boast a state-of-the-art design and an approximate area of 23,000  m2. Construction will start early next year with the building set to open in 2020. The project has received a 40 million RMB donation from the Li Dak Sum Foundation.

Speaking at Saturday's ceremony, UNNC Provost Chris Rudd thanked the Li family for their long-term commitment to the University: "Dr. Li and his family have provided long-time care and support for our university since the campus was established in 2004," he said. "They have made great contributions, such as inspiring our Chair Professorship Fund and LI YIP Yio Chin Scholarship. These donations have encouraged many students and staff."

Kenneth Li was also the recipient of an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Nottingham, which was presented to him at Saturday’s postgraduate graduation ceremony.

Posted on 13 November 2017