In a momentous event on January 12, 2024, Hong Kong Shue Yan University hosted the Renaming Ceremony of the 35th Anniversary Plaza at Lady Lily Shaw Hall in the presence of Mrs Dorothy Koo and Dr. Ti Hua Koo. The newly renovated venue is now named after the couple for their generous donation of HK$30 million to support campus development. The University has taken the opportunity to express heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Koo and Mrs Koo.

In her speech, HKSYU Senior Vice President Professor Catherine Sun Tien-lun said the donation funded the venue refurbishment with enhanced features, including advanced audio-visual equipment, to provide a versatile space for students to engage in various digital arts and cultural activities from concerts to dramas and even virtual reality games.

Prof. Sun added that the 35th Anniversary Plaza has been significant in enriching many students’ university experiences. Acknowledging the contributions of students and teaching staff who have breathed life into the venue, Prof. Sun said the renamed Mrs Dorothy KOO and Dr Ti Hua KOO Plaza will mark a new beginning, a new life, and a new milestone by brining more memories and joy, and a touch of artistic flair, to Shue Yan University.

The 35th Anniversary Plaza at Lady Lily Shaw Hall underwent a three-month renovation starting last September. Modern amenities such as an LED display Hong Kong Shue Yan University Celebrates the Inauguration of “Mrs Dorothy KOO and Dr Ti Hua KOO Plaza” wall and a top-notch sound system were introduced. With a capacity for 300 people, the plaza is now a hub for cultural and entertainment activities for students on the Braemar Hill Campus.

Dr. Koo and Mrs Koo’s philanthropic gesture has extended beyond the plaza project, as they donated a total of HK$35 million to support Hong Kong Shue Yan University’s educational mission and contribute to the academic development of young minds. Notably, HK$5 million was allocated for the establishment of “Mrs Dorothy Koo and Dr Ti Hua Koo Centre for Interdisciplinary Evidence-based Practice and Research” in September last year. This initiative is poised to play a pivotal role in fostering collaborative research across disciplines.

HKSYU Senior Vice President Professor Catherine Sun Tien-lun delivered a speech at the ceremony.
(From right to left) Prof. Catherine Sun Tien-lun, HKSYU Senior Vice President, Dr. Hu Fai-chung, HKSYU Deputy President, Dr. Ti Hua Koo and Mrs Dorothy Koo, and Mr Steven Loke Kok-kuen, a member of the University’s Board of Governors, officiated at the Renaming Ceremony.

Source: Spring 2024 Issue