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Tim Tim Cheng (鄭恬恬), graduate of the BA Double-Majored programme in English Language and Literature and Education, class of 2016, has a forthcoming publication, Tapping at Glass , with Verve Poetry Press (2023). The pamphlet charts girlhood, multilingualism, and psycho-geography from Hong Kong to Scotland. Visit her website @  

Han Song (韓松), graduate of the BA Major programme in English and the MA in Literary and Comparative Studies, has been awarded the prestigious Sage fellowship to pursue PhD studies at Cornell University, in the United States. His research interests lie in modern Chinese literature, cultural and economic imaginaries, and Sino-Latin American literary relations. His research has appeared in the Journal of World Literature, Cha:  An Asian Literary Journal and Initium among other venues. Offering a fictionalized family history of Chinese migrant workers, his novella Gods in the Factory (塑像), won the TMSC Literature Award, the only Taiwanese award for novella writing. 

Dr. Jesse YIP (葉偉志), alumnus of the Department of English Language and Literature (MA in Language Studies, ; PhD in Linguistics) has been awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Jesse’s Ph.D. thesis, entitled “Communicating Social Support in Online Self-help Groups for Anxiety and Depression: A Mixed-methods Discourse Analysis”, explored the nexus of several important sub-disciplines in linguistics including discourse analysis, computer-mediated communication, and health communication. His current research combines corpus linguistics and digital humanities.   

Olivia KWOK (郭慧妍) won a Hong Kong Scholarship for Excellence Scheme award offered by the Government of the Hong Kong SAR. Also a winner of the Chevening Scholarship offered by the UK Government, Olivia completed her Master of Education in Psychology at the University of Manchester with a focus upon Special Educational Needs students in the Hong Kong context. Her goal is to become an educational psychologist.

Dr. LIU Chak Wan (廖澤雲博士) was one of five HKBU alumni to receive the Third Distinguished Alumni Award for outstanding achievements and contribution to the University and Society. Dr. Liu is Chairman of Liu’s Commerce and Industry Ltd. He graduated from the Department of English Language and Literature of Hong Kong Baptist College and later obtained a Master’s degree in Business Administration from East Asia University in Macau. Dr. Liu co-founded the Macau University of Science and Technology (MUST). He is currently the Chancellor of MUST, the Chairman of the Administrative Committee of the MUST Foundation, and he also serves as Honorary Council Chairman of Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Michael CHEUK Ka Chi (卓嘉智), BA and MPhil graduate of the Department of English Language and Literature, was awarded a SOAS Research Studentship toward completion of his PhD in China and Inner Asia Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. The SOAS Research Studentship provides remission of tuition fees and a maintenance allowance.

Viggo CHENG (鄭浩輝), BA, English / MA, Language Studies, was awarded a postgraduate student assistantship to pursue PhD studies in sociolinguistics at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Renewable for up to five years, the assistantship (covering tuition and health insurance) allowed Viggo to pursue research in his areas of specialization.

Dr. William LEUNG (梁永祥博士), SBS, JP, received the Distinguished Alumni Award at the Founders’ Day Reception in recognition of his distinguished professional achievements, services and contributions to the University and Society. After commencing his retirement, Dr. William Leung ceased to be engaged in any formal employment but is still active in the public services. Before retirement, Dr. Leung has had a successful career of over 40 years. He has served Hang Seng Bank as Executive Director, Sun Hung Kai Financial as CEO, and WeLab Bank as CEO. He has also held key positions in major financial institutions in Hong Kong and Australia, including American Express, Standard Chartered Bank, Visa International and Mastercard International.

TSE Yuk-how (謝煜校) was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for the Disciplined Services and the ICAC. Mr. Tse was honoured by the Government of the Hong Kong SAR for his outstanding service to the community.

Ann TSO (曹敏) was awarded the prestigious Ontario Trillium Scholarship by McMaster University and the Ontario provincial government in Canada. Awarded in recognition of outstanding potential for PhD research, the Ontario Trillium Scholarships (OTS) program is a significant initiative attracting the best qualified international students. Ms Tso was one among only five students chosen in the Faculty of Humanities at McMaster to receive this distinguished and competitively administered scholarship.

The following three alumni of the English Department were publicly recognized by the Government of the Hong Kong SAR on the annual Honours List: Mr. Glenn TSANG, Professor LEUNG Ping-kwan, Ms. Josephine YEUNG