The 3rd Inauguration of Endowed Professorships
To celebrate the appointment of several Endowed Professorships and the generosity of the donors who supported the Endowed Professorship Scheme, the 3rd Inauguration of Endowed Professorships was held on 5 September 2017. Among those honoured were Ir Prof. You-Lin Xu, Dean of FCE, and Ir Prof. Jin-Guang Teng of CEE. Ir Prof. Xu has been appointed to the Yim, Mak, Kwok & Chung Endowed Professorship in Smart Structures, which was endowed by Mr Kwok-fai Yau, while Ir Prof. Teng was appointed to the Ko Jan Ming Endowed Professorship in Sustainable Structures and Materials that was endowed by Vantage Charity Foundation Limited.
Presiding over the ceremony at the Jockey Club Auditorium was Mr Tze-ching Chan, Council Chairman of PolyU. Following an address by Prof. Timothy W. Tong, President of PolyU, each of the Endowed Professorships was introduced with respect to its donor and the distinguished scholar appointed to it. A certificate of appreciation was presented to each donor by the Council Chairman before the presentation of the respective appointee to the audience, among which were more than 80 staff members of the Faculty of Construction and Environment (FCE), including Prof. Xiaoli Ding, Associate Dean (Partnership), the Heads of the 4 FCE departments, namely, Prof. Albert Chan of the Department of Building and Real Estate (BRE), Prof. Asif Usmani of the Department of Building Services Engineering (BSE), Prof. William Lam of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), and Prof. John Shi of the Department of Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics (LSGI), as well as Prof. Yeong-Bin Yang, Distinguished Chair Professor of CEE.
Established in 2012, the Endowed Professorship Scheme provides a unique opportunity for philanthropists to advance research and academic activities of PolyU by supporting a professorship in a discipline of their choice. So far, there have been 1 Endowed Fellowship, 2 Named Professorships, and 21 Endowed Professorships, 3 of which are for successive appointments.