UK Recognises Outstanding Taiwanese Philanthropic Contribution to Research and Education: Dr Winston Wen-Young WONG OBE

Jan 08, 2016, 01:20 ET from British Office Taipei

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TAIPEI, Taiwan, Jan. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- On 7 January, the British Representative, Mr Chris Wood, hosted a reception to celebrate the award of a British honour to Dr. Winston Wen-Young WONG OBE, Chairman of the Grace THW Group.

In being made an honorary Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE), Dr. Wong has been recognised for his services to education and research in the UK, and to UK/Taiwan education relations.

The British honours system recognises people who have made notable achievements in public life and/or who have committed themselves to serving and helping Britain. Awards are recommended by the British Government's Honours Committee through the Prime Minister, and are approved by Her Majesty The Queen.

In presenting Dr. Wong with the OBE insignia and the official Warrant for the award, Chris Wood said: "Dr. Wong is a longstanding friend of the United Kingdom. Since his studies in the UK, where he holds degrees in physics, applied optics and chemical engineering from Imperial College, London, Dr. Wong has been a strong supporter of research and education in the UK, in particular at Imperial College. He has also supported the Foreign & Commonwealth Office Chevening Scholarship programme, which supports potential future leaders in their fields to study for a Master's degree in the UK. I warmly congratulate Dr. Wong on this official recognition by the UK of his outstanding contributions."

In addition to his distinguished international career in business, Dr. Wong has also provided considerable philanthropic support for interdisciplinary and translational research, most particularly in the application of new technologies in healthcare. Amongst other contributions, Dr. Wong is a long-term sponsor of the Winston Wong Chair in Biomedical Circuits at Imperial College; and in 2009 he funded the establishment of the College's Centre for Bio-Inspired Technology within the Institute of Biomedical Engineering. He has also co-funded scholarship awards to Taiwanese students under the British Foreign & Commonwealth Chevening Scholarship programme.

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