Issue date: 03 April 2012
Dr Leung Chun-ying, Pro Chancellor and alumnus of UWE Bristol, has been chosen as Hong Kong's new leader. The self-made business man, who graduated from UWE's precursor, Bristol Polytechnic, in the late 1970s, has been elected as the new Chief Executive of Hong Kong.
Dr Leung won 689 votes from the 1,193 electors chosen by Beijing to represent the region. He will take over from Sir Donald Tsang in July.
He graduated from Bristol Polytechnic in the late 1970s with a BSc Valuation and Estate Management. UWE Bristol awarded him an Honorary Doctorate in 1997 for his achievements professionally and politically. At that time he was the CEO of DTZ Leung and had recently been elected as the Hong Kong representative on the General Council of China. As Pro Chancellor of UWE Bristol, Dr Leung acts as Deputy to the Chancellor, representing the Chancellor at ceremonies and promoting the University.
His main rival for the post of Chief Executive, Henry Tang, received 285 votes while Albert Ho, a pro-democracy candidate, came third with 76.
In his victory speech Dr Leung said, “I shall work with the whole of Hong Kong in the next five years to make sure the 2017 universal suffrage chief executive election will work well.”
Professor Steve West, UWE Bristol Vice-Chancellor, said, “We are so proud of Dr Leung. His achievements are quite remarkable. It will be interesting to follow his progress over the next five years during his office of tenure as Chief Executive of Hong Kong.
“The University has some good links with Hong Kong including a recent memorandum of agreement between the Hong Kong Polytechnic and our Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education who are in addition working with Hong Kong University's School of Professional and Continuing Education, SPACE. UWE's Faculty of Environment and Technology are also working closely with HKU's School for Higher and Professional Education, SHAPE. Many congratulations to him from everyone at UWE Bristol.”