Dr Edwin Leong has been awarded a Pfeiffer Fellowship of Hughes Hall in a special ceremony at Hong Kong University. Election to the Fellowship bestows a special honour on major benefactors to the College. It is named in honour of Edward and Emily Pfeiffer, whose bequest to the College in 1895 enabled it to construct its permanent home, the fine building which lies at the heart of the College today.
Dr Leong is a leading Hong Kong businessman and philanthropist. His relationship with Hughes Hall began in 2011 when he provided a full scholarship for a student of Hong Kong University to study at Hughes Hall. Between one and two students have been supported each year since.
The sixth son of Henry G. Leong, a comprador of British trading house Jardine Matheson, Dr Leong was imbued with the philanthropic spirit of his father. Building his fortune through his investment firm, Tai Hung Fai Enterprise, which specializes in residential, commercial and industrial properties, Dr Leong then established the Tai Hung Fai Charitable Foundation, a major philanthropic organisation which focuses particularly on alleviation of child poverty and support for aged people in Hong Kong and mainland China. He has also made a major contribution to higher education, creating three endowed chairs at Hong Kong University and a further Professorship at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
We are delighted to welcome Dr Leong to the Fellowship of Hughes Hall as our first Pfeiffer Fellow.