Donation to UWS set to further our understanding of China
The University of Western Sydney has received a $500,000 donation to help students learn more about Chinese culture and society.
Businessman and philanthropist Mr William Chiu made an official presentation of his donation to UWS Vice-Chancellor Professor Janice Reid at the UWS Parramatta campus recently.
Mr Chiu, who was born in Malaysia and educated in Australia and New Zealand, has a long history as a benefactor.
“One of the great joys of my life is helping people with their education and medical expenses,” he says.
“I hope this donation helps the growing relationship between Australia and China, and also the rest of Asia.”
Professor Janice Reid, acknowledged the generosity of Mr Chiu’s gift, and paid tribute to his vision.
“On behalf of the University, I would like to thank Mr Chiu for his generosity and commitment to the University of Western Sydney,” Professor Reid says.
“This donation will help us provide new educational opportunities for our students while also contributing to Australia's knowledge of China.”
“The University looks forward to working with Mr Chiu to ensure his donation helps further a better understanding of Chinese language and culture.”
Also in attendance at the ceremony were:
- Mr Demin Zheng, Consul for Education, representing the Consul-General of the People’s Republic of China in Sydney
- Professor Xiaojia Wang, Head of Education, Consulate of the People’s Republic of China in Sydney
- Mr Jim Harrowell AM, President of the Australia China Business Council in New South Wales
- The Honourable Helen Sham-Ho OAM
- Dr Geoff Lee MP, State Member for Parramatta
Media note: Photos of the official presentation are available on request
1 March 2012
Photos: Sally Tsoutas