Macquarie has welcomed a $50,000 gift from Mr and Mrs Albert H.G. Li, to support a new annual prize for Chinese Studies and ongoing research in ancient Chinese culture and philosophy.
“I feel privileged to have the opportunity to make a small contribution to the promotion and understanding of ancient Chinese culture, which is still very influential in China and the rest of the Asian region in the global context of the twenty first century,” said Mr Li.
Mr Li first proposed the donation after he heard about Macquarie’s research and teaching of Chinese Studies from the Honorable Dr Helen Sham Ho.
As an alumna, former University Council member and Macquarie University Foundation Patron, Dr Sham Ho attended an international symposium on campus last December, which explored the historical significance of the discovery of ancient Chinese texts.
“I am delighted to see our conference made such an impact on those who attended,” said Vice-Chancellor, Professor S Bruce Dowton. “We are very pleased to receive this encouragement to continue on with our pioneering work and to further our international collaboration with Chinese scholars.”
“The donation marks a milestone for Chinese Studies at Macquarie and I thank everyone, particularly Mr Li and Dr Sham Ho for their support,” said Dr Shirley Chan, Head of Chinese Studies in the Department of International Studies.