Five distinguished individuals were conferred Honorary Fellowships by HKUST on September 29, 2022. Among them are two alumni of HKUST, Mr. Lee Shing-Put and the Hon. Starry Lee Wai-King, who have greatly aided our development.

At the ceremony: (left to right) the Honorary Fellows Mr. David Lee Wai-Hung, Mr. Lee Shing-Put, Former HKUST President Prof. Wei Shyy, Chairman of the HKUST Council the Hon. Andrew Liao Cheung-Sing, the Honorary Fellows Mr. David Fong Man-Hung and the Hon. Starry Lee Wai-King.


Mr. Lee Shing-Put

2000 BBA Finance & Economics

Despite setting to take over Xinyi Glass, the business founded by his father upon his graduation from HKUST, Put first founded several successful startups, and used the experience he had gained since, to accelerate Xinyi’s evolution from manufacturing and trading to renewable energy generation and storage starting 2011. Currently Chairman of Xinyi Energy, a leading solar power station investor and specialist in the Mainland, he has been pivotal in leading a variety of expansion initiatives. Specific examples include a 24/7 countrywide solar power station surveillance center which has accelerated the company’s modernization.

Put has been involved in different philanthropic initiatives and was Chairman of the Lok Sin Tong Benevolent Society Kowloon between 2018 to 2019. He has served as the University’s Court Member since 2020.

In 2019, Put expressed his gratitude to his alma mater by donating to the HKUST Alumni Endowment Fund in support of various student-focused initiatives. Henceforth, UG Hall I – where he stayed while an undergraduate – has been named after his father as “Lee Yin Yee Hall”.


The Hon. Starry Lee Wai-king

1996 BBA Accounting

Throughout her political career, Starry was once the youngest district councilor at 25 and then the youngest female lawmaker at 34. Following her appointment as an Executive Council member in 2012, Starry became the only politician in Hong Kong at the time to hold three seats simultaneously at the city’s District, Legislative, and Executive Councils. In 2015, she became the first Chairwoman of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong (DAB).

Acting as sitting member of the HKUST Court since 2016 and having served as the University’s Council Member between 2010 and 2016, Starry has helped facilitate HKUST’s development, including securing government funding for the University’s student dormitory project that enriched students’ learning with residential living experiences.

Starry credits the University’s diversified learning environment and open atmosphere for equipping her with the analytical skills needed to consolidate varied ideas into coherent public policies.

Congratulations must also go to Mr. David Fong Man-Hung of Hip Shing Hong (Holdings), a Council Member of HKUST between 2016 and 2021, where he helped oversee the earlier planning and development of the HKUST (Guangzhou); Mr. David Lee Wai-Hung, a member of the Lee Kum Kee family business, who has worked closely with HKUST, made donations, and served on HKUST’s University Court, and School of Business and Management’s Advisory Council; and Mr. Daniel Yu Chung-Kwong, founder of Maxwell Electronics Ltd., who has supported HKUST’s research endeavors and achievements with several donations, some resulting in matching grants from the government.