The Chinese University will confer honorary doctorates (honoris causa) on the five distinguished persons - Dr. CHAN Shuk-leung (alias PAK Suet-sin), Professor Arieh WARSHEL, Dr. ZHOU Jianping, Mr. Chien LEE, and Lady LEE YICK Hoi-lun Helen, at its 84th Congregation to be held on 30 November (Thursday) in recognition of their outstanding contributions to their respective areas of achievement in cultural and educational progress, scientific research and the promotion of community welfare.
The practice of honorary degree conferment dates back to the Middle Ages, and the earliest record was in the late 1470s conferred by the University of Oxford. The degree is typically a doctorate or, less commonly, a master's degree. In accordance of “Statute 26 Degree and Other Awards”, The Chinese University of Hong Kong Ordinance, the Council may recommended the award of a degree of Master or Doctor honoris causa, but in fact the University has never conferred a Master honoris causa.
Distinguished persons may be awarded one of four types of honorary doctorates: Doctor of Laws (LLD) honoris causa, Doctor of Literature (DLit) honoris causa, Doctor of Science (DSc) honoris causa, and Doctor of Social Science (DSSc) honoris causa. The University held its first honorary degrees congregation in 1964. After a short suspension from 1965 to 1967, since 1968 the University confers honorary doctorates every year. In 2013 CUHK Golden Jubilee, nine persons were awarded honorary doctorates which is a record of the University history.
榮譽博士名錄 Honorary Graduates List
首任校長就職典禮暨頒授榮譽學位典禮 (9/9/1964)——五位傑出人士獲頒榮譽法學博士：柏立基爵士（缺席） 、富爾敦爵士（左二）、柯克樂博士（右二）、關祖堯爵士（右一）、利銘澤先生（左一）。中立者為校長李卓敏博士。
The Congregation for the Installation of the First Vice-Chancellor and for the Conferment of Honorary Degrees (9/9/1964): Five distinguished persons were awarded Doctor of Laws honoris causa, they were Sir Robert Black (absent), Sir John Fulton (2nd left), Dr. Clark Kerr (2nd right), the Hon. Kwan Cho-yiu (1st right), and the Hon. R.C. Lee (1st left); The Vice-Chancellor Dr. Choh-ming Li (middle).
第六十屆大會(頒授學位典禮) (4/12/2003)——七位榮譽博士與校長金耀基教授（中）及中大校董會主席鄭維健博士（右四）合照：（左起）梁定邦博士、余光中教授、李國章教授、饒宗頤教授、路甬祥教授、Reinhard Selten教授及郭炳聯博士。
60th Congregation for the Conferment of Degrees (4/12/2003)——A group photo of the seven honour graduates with Prof. Ambrose Y C King, Vice-Chancellor of CUHK (middle) and Dr. Edgar W K Cheng, Chairman of the Council (the fourth on the right): (from left) Dr Anthony Francis Neoh, Prof. Yu Kwang Chung, Prof. Arthur K.C. Li, Prof. Jao Tsung I, Prof. Lu Yongxiang, Prof. Reinhard Selten and Dr. Raymond Kwok Ping-luen.
Academic dress of Doctors honoris causa: a red woollen robe with gold trimmings on the front; black cap with a gold tassel; red hood edged with gold.
60th Congregation for the Conferment of Degrees (4/12/2003)——Prof. Jao Tsung I, world-renowned scholar in Chinese and Oriental Studies, was conferred the degree of Doctor of Literature, honoris causa.