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Beta Gamma Sigma HKBU Chapter holds the 11th Induction Ceremony

14 Apr, 2021
img At the 11th Induction Ceremony of the Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS) Hong Kong Baptist University Chapter on 13 April 2021, 128 outstanding students and graduates of the School of Business were honoured with BGS lifetime membership.

Prof. Ed Snape, Dean of HKBU School of Business, welcomed guests by highlighting the School of Business’s commitment to creating a better business environment through responsible business engagement, and to equipping students with the requisite skills for a successful business career. “Being one of the 600+ BGS chapters around the globe, HKBU School of Business is proud to connect our students with top business graduates and leaders worldwide. Over the years, our student delegates attending the BGS Global Leadership Summit have come back with impressive results from competitions, and most importantly, invaluable experience and networks for their further advancement.”

Dr. David Wong Yau-kar, GBS, JP, Former Chairman of the Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Authority (MPFA), was awarded the Chapter Honouree for his significant contribution to economic and public affairs in Hong Kong. Dr. Wong has extensive experience in manufacturing, international trade, corporate finance and policy research. He served as an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, USA from 1987 to 1991. He currently serves on the boards of a number of listed and non-listed companies.

Throughout the six years of his chairmanship at the MPFA, Dr. Wong was committed to promoting retirement protection. As of December 2020, total MPF assets amounted to about HK$1.14 trillion. The eMPF, an electronic system to facilitate the standardisation and automation of scheme administration, has been one of the MPFA’s strategic focuses, and Dr. Wong has been its key driver in transforming the concept into a reality, with the aim to better manage the  Hong Kong workforce’s MPF investments.

Dr. Wong has made significant contributions to impactful social and economic reforms. He has been advising business and professional bodies, as well as the government, on policy research and advocacy, including the advancement of trade and investment flows, improving the operating environment for small and medium-sized enterprises, promotion of corporate governance, and the advancement of a more harmonious labour-employer relationship. “As long as you are willing to serve the community, there’s always a position for you to contribute your knowledge and talent.”    

Dr. Wong has been very supportive of educational and community services. He is currently an Honorary University Fellow of HKBU and the Chairman of the School of Business Advisory Committee. Dr. Wong shared with students his personal motto as the key to success, “Do what interests you most, and do it with passion and perseverance. Your passion will eventually impact and lead people around you to work towards the goal together. Only through teamwork can a leader make things work, and make things work well.” 

Dr. Frederick Yim, Chapter Advisor of BGS HKBU Chapter and Associate Professor of Department of Marketing, emphasised the conviction shared by Dr. Wong and the HKBU School of Business – responsible, innovative and visionary business engagement for a better business environment. “Dr. Wong has been facilitating business and public advancements in his various capacities, while our School is dedicated to inspiring business practice, creating value for stakeholders, and enhancing social and economic growth and development through quality business education and research in specific strategic areas including business ethics and corporate sustainability.”

Established in 1913, Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS) is the international honour society serving business programmes accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), with chapters in 190 regions and countries and members of more than 875,000 around the globe. The BGS HKBU Chapter was founded in 2010, with the aim to honour distinguished students of the School, unleash their leadership potential and expand their global network to connect with professional leaders. Members and chapters of BGS are committed to upholding the founding principles and values of the Society: honour and integrity, pursuit of wisdom, earnestness and service.
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