The Department is sadly to learn that Mr Cheung Tsang-wai (張增衛校友), the oldest alumnus of PolyU, passed away on 12 May 2021 at the age of 100. We extend our deepest sympathy and condolences on the loss of Mr Cheung.
When the University’s predecessor Government Trade School (the School) was founded in 1937, Mr Cheung was among the ﬁrst cohort of students who enrolled to study mechanical engineering. Eighty years after his graduation, Mr Cheung is still very supportive of his alma mater and loves to participate in events organized by PolyU.
Born in 1921, the centenarian, who graduated in December 1940 with a Diploma in Automobile Engineering, still has vivid memories of his student life. “The School was a red-brick three-storey building on Wood Road, Wanchai. Classes for mechanical engineering were held on the ground ﬂoor,” he said.
Having Mr Cheung among our alumni is a blessing for the Department. He reﬂects the long history of ME which dates back to the Government Trade School (1937-1947) to provide technical education to youngsters, the Department has gone through different stages of transformation.
May his soul rest in peace. We will always remember this wonderful man in our thoughts.