03 April 2003

New Sir Sze-yuen Chung Resource Centre

Photo: Sir S Y Chung with Vice-Chancellor Bob Boucher

A new resource centre has been opened in the School of East Asian Studies (SEAS) to provide facilities for postgraduate students taking one of the School's nine Master's degrees in East Asian Business, Chinese, Japanese and Korean Studies.

The Centre has been funded by a generous donation from Sir Sze-yuen Chung, a Sheffield Mechanical Engineering graduate (PhD 1951, LLD 1985), and with support from the University's Alumni Foundation. The Foundation exists to channel the donations of alumni and friends of the University to support current projects involving students and staff.

Sir Sze-yuen Chung has had a distinguished career as a leading Hong Kong businessman, politician and educator. His memoirs, entitled "Hong Kong's Journey to Reunification: Memoirs of SY Chung" were published in 2001.

Photo: New resource centre

The Centre has been decorated in a bright contemporary style, and features new furnishings, computers, scanner, printer and resource materials.

Speaking on behalf of the students at the opening event, Jyoti Butel (MSc Political Economy of East Asia) said, "We would like to think that the years he spent at Sheffield equipped Sir Sze-yuen Chung with some of the skills that allowed him to play such a significant role in the economic, political, educational and social development of Hong Kong, and we hope that the new centre will inspire successive generations of Master's students at SEAS."