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Ryan Hong receives his award from Lady Cater (left) and Vice-Chancellor Professor Glynis Breakwell

Press Release - 22 November 2007

Student from Hong Kong wins new scholarship

A postgraduate student in the School of Management is the first recipient of a new scholarship scheme for graduates of the University of Hong Kong who wish to study at the University of Bath.

Ryan Hong graduated in Hong Kong with a BEng in Electronics & Communications Engineering and was selected to receive the £3,000 award to help with the costs of his MSc in Accounting & Finance at Bath.

The Sir Jack Cater Scholarship Award has been set up by Lady Cater in memory of her husband who died last year after an influential career spent largely in the government of Hong Kong. Sir Jack was an Honorary Graduate of the University of Bath and also of the University of Hong Kong.

Ryan received the award today from the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Glynis Breakwell, in a presentation attended by Lady Cater.

“I would very much like to thank Lady Cater for this recognition of my undergraduate achievements,” said Ryan.

“I wanted to study in Bath because of the great reputation of its School of Management and because of Bath’s status as a World Heritage City.

“My goal is to start a career in the banking and finance industry in the UK and then return to Hong Kong at some point in the future.

“In the meantime I’m really looking forward to improving my English and taking the opportunity to make new friends and explore the UK and Europe.”

Professor Breakwell said: “Such generosity in establishing scholarships is of great importance to the University and its students.”

Sir Jack served in many Hong Kong government departments and as Deputy Governor but is probably best known as the founding Commissioner of the Independent Commission Against Corruption.

His last government post was Hong Kong Commissioner in London during the negotiations with China on the future of Hong Kong.

He played a leading role in fostering higher education in the region and served on the Court of the University of Hong Kong. He and his wife spent much of his retirement at their home in Bath.

The award will now be made each year to a University of Hong Kong graduate wishing to study in Bath.

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