University of Newcastle alumnus establishes 20-year prize

Inspired by the ethical and socially responsible use of technology, University of Newcastle alumnus Professor Wanbil Lee and his wife are generously supporting UON students who demonstrate a commitment to corporate social responsibility.

The inaugural ‘Wanbil Lee and Becky Shiu Prize for Ethical and Socially Responsible Use of Technology’, to be presented this year, will support, recognise and encourage students to consider the socially responsible and ethical use of technology in their chosen field of study and practice.

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“The prize recognises academic excellence in the area of ethical application of technology in professional practice—more simply it recognises people doing the right thing right,” Professor Lee said.

Professor Lee’s career in computing spans more than five decades across the government, business and academic sectors in various countries.

The chartered mathematician teaches, researches, consults, and sits on several government committees and boards in Hong Kong, as well as the editorial boards of two international journals on computer ethics.

Professor Lee holds professorial appointments at a number of universities including Hong Kong’s Lingnan University, where he was the founding Head of the Department of Computing Studies.

This year the UON 2008 Doctor of Business Administration graduate celebrates his 10-year association with the university, and the inaugural prize coincides with a milestone for UON—its 50th anniversary.

Director of Development Rebecca Hazell said receiving such a philanthropic gesture from an international alumnus was very special.

“We are fortunate to have the support of our alumni from across the globe,” Ms Hazell said. “Our alumni are an essential part of UON’s story and our future and we are grateful to Professor and Mrs Lee for supporting the future alumni of UON with their generous gift.”

The prize will alternate between courses within the Faculty of Business and Law and the Faculty of Science and Information Technology over a 20-year period. This year, the inaugural prize will be presented to a Faculty of Business and Law student based on their performance in the course Business Strategy in 2014.


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