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No doctorate degree for PolyU’s new vice president; Global accountants’ body announces new term of leadership.


PolyU appoints new vice president – who holds no doctorate degree

There is nothing against Mr Andy Tong (唐仕恒) who has no doctorate degree and was recently appointed to the post of Vice President (Campus Development and Facilities) of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University with effect from 27 November, 2015. What an ironic coincidence, however, that the announcement came shortly after the University of Hong Kong Council rejected Johannes Chan’s appointment as its pro-vice-chancellor (equivalent to the title of vice president) with council members reportedly citing Chan’s lack of proper academic qualification as the reason.

A spokesperson of the PolyU explained that all vice presidents responsible for academic affairs in the university hold doctorate degrees while Tong’s post stresses more on actual managerial experience.

Tong is an expert on structural engineering and property development. Prior to the recent appointment, Tong was the General Manager – Tianjin Property, China and International Business Division of the MTR Corporation, overseeing a development project in Tianjin. He served the railway and development corp for 23 years was involved in the planning of the likes of LOHAS Park in Tseung Kwan O.


New chairman for ACCA elected

Mr Arthur Lee (李健) was elected chairman of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) – the global body for professional accountants – Hong Kong Committee for the 2015/2016 term. Lee was the committee’s vice chairman for the 2014/2015 term and is currently Assistant President, Company Secretary and General Manager of Investor Relations with independent power producer CGN Meiya Power Holdings Co Ltd.

Former director of Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) Mr Leo Lee (李志明), meanwhile, was elected global Vice President of the organisation. Lee is a director of asset management company Benington Capital Limited and an independent non-executive director of three Hong Kong listed companies.