British Council Hong Kong features alumnus in its 60th anniversary celebrations
Swansea University alumnus Professor Yau Kai Cheung OBE (pictured below) has been selected to take part in a special UK alumni feature as part of the British Council Hong Kong's 60th anniversary celebrations in 2008.
An external selection committee considered an overwhelming number of nominations, before finally selecting just 10 people who graduated in each of the past six decades to be featured, from a broad cross-section of disciplines.
A website celebrating the achievements of the 60 featured alumni from 44 UK universities will be launched at the British Council Hong Kong on January 12, 2008.
Professor Cheung, who graduated from Swansea in 1964 with a PhD Education in Engineering, is an internationally renowned researcher and scholar. He is recognised for his research activities in engineering mechanics and for his pioneering contributions to the methods of finite elements and finite strips for solving engineering problems.
He has had a distinguished career at the University of Hong Kong, where he was formerly Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Head of the Civil Engineering Department, and Dean of the Faculty of Engineering.
Professor Cheung, who was awarded an OBE in 1995, has achieved awards and honours for his work from across the world. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
In October 2006, Professor Cheung (pictured with Swansea University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Richard B Davies) attended the launch of Breakthrough, a publication highlighting some of the world-class research activity at Swansea University, at the British Council in Hong Kong, during an event for a number of the University's 500-plus Hong Kong alumni and invited guests.
Ruth Gee, Director of the British Council Hong Kong, said: "We hope that the alumni featured during our 60th celebration activities will be an inspiration to those considering an overseas education to make the UK their destination of choice."