CityU names Multi-media Conference Room after mother of distinguished alumnus
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City University of Hong Kong (CityU) named its Multi-media Conference Room after the mother of Mr Andrew Fan Ka-fai, a distinguished alumnus and Regional President of Greater China for Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc., as the Connie Fan Multi-media Conference Room.
The ceremony on 24 June at the same venue recognised Mr Fan’s generous donation and staunch support over the years. This is the 2nd time that CityU has named its facilities after members of Mr Fan’s family, and it shows that Mr Fan’s family share the same sense of duty and qualities.
Mrs Connie Fan Pang Yee-man is a model of a traditional Chinese mother who has the virtue of endless love for her children. She not only takes good care of her children, but also encourages them to study hard. She has been a good example of an enthusiastic learner, deeply influencing Mr Fan.
“As the most important family member in my life, my mother has supported me strongly during my studies and work. In particular, she encouraged me to complete my bachelor’s degree at City Polytechnic (now CityU), which gave my career a great start. All my achievements today are due to her encouragement and advice. My mother is a pillar in my life,” Mr Fan said.
The naming ceremony was held on the same day as Mrs Fan’s 60th birthday. Accompanying his mother to the ceremony, Mr Fan said he was delighted to see his family tied with CityU, his 2nd home.
“My parents taught me how to work with others and provided a good foundation for me, and CityU offered me whole-person education and inspired my professional career. Both my parents and my alma mater have enriched my life. It is very meaningful that I can link the two most important pillars in my life today,” Mr Fan said.
Graduating from the 1st cohort of the Bachelor of Arts in Business Studies programme, Mr Fan was conferred the title of Honorary Fellow and received the Distinguished Alumni Award. He was an Elected Councillor in the 1st and 2nd CityU Students’ Union, and Chairman of the 2nd Students’ Union Council. He was appointed Chairman of the Convocation and Member of the Council of CityU in 2007. The founder of the Andrew Fan Top Outstanding CityU Leader Awards and the Mainland Alumni Network Scholarship etc., Mr Fan is also CityU’s Alumni Ambassador for Greater China.
Mr Fan is a successful business leader. He joined the Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. after graduating from CityU in 1988 and helped the company successfully expand in Southeast Asia and the greater China region. Currently the Regional President of Greater China, he oversees business operations in Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and the mainland.
To his family, Mr Fan is not only a successful businessman. He is also a caring son and a loving brother. He gives as much time as possible to his family despite his busy schedule and frequent business trips.
With a great sense of belonging to the alma mater, Mr Fan has contributed and supported CityU’s development continuously over the past twenty years. Since he learned that CityU was planning to establish the school of veterinary medicine, he has been very supportive as he believes it would not only benefit Hong Kong but also contribute to mainland China and Asia as a whole.
Although the Hon Leung Chun-ying, CityU Council Chairman, was unable to attend the ceremony due to prior commitments, he expressed his thanks to Mr Fan and his family via a video link.
“Mr Fan has the loving care of his family and the naming of the University’s venue is a special birthday present for his mother. It is also a special gift to CityU. Mr Fan has set a good example for our alumni and students. He has actively supported his alma mater’s development over the years since his graduation,” Mr Leung said.
Professor Way Kuo, CityU President, praised Mr Fan for his contributions to the University. “Mr Fan has provided staunch support and made donations for the University development. Last September, CityU named its student career centre after Mr Fan’s late grandmother, Ms Fan Lee Foon. Less than one year later, I am happy to take part in today’s Connie Fan Multi-media Conference Room Naming Ceremony to thank Mr Fan for his deep affection and support for CityU.”
The Connie Fan Multi-media Conference Room, located on the 4th floor of Cheng Yick-chi Building, has a capacity of more than 150 for prestigious international academic conferences and ceremonies.
Media enquiries: Scarlett Leung, Communications and Public Relations Office, CityU (3442 6807 or 9460 3099).