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Ngai receives honorary degree from William Jewell College
Contact: Rob Eisele816-415-7574
March 25, 2009

Norman Ngai, Financial Controller of the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals in Hong Kong, has been awarded an honorary doctor of finance degree from William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri, USA. Mr. Ngai was presented with the honorary degree by Dr. Timothy Fulop, Dean of the College and Vice President for Academic Affairs at William Jewell, during an Honors Ceremony March 9 at the Harbour Plaza Metropolis Hotel in Hong Kong.

In addition to Mr. Ngai, four U.S. presidents have also received honorary degrees from William Jewell College—Harry S. Truman, Lyndon Johnson, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton. Honorary degree recipients have also included opera great Luciano Pavarotti, who gave his international solo recital debut at William Jewell in 1972, and filmmaker/historian Ken Burns. William Jewell was named Time magazine’s “Liberal Arts College of the Year” in 2001.

Mr. Ngai was educated at Wah Yan College in Hong Kong and Swindon College in England. He graduated from The University of Sheffield in 1977 with high honors majoring in economics, accounting and financial management. After graduation Norman succeeded in passing the professional examinations of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants in the UK. Norman was admitted as an Associate Member in 1981 and has been a Fellow Member since 1984. Norman is also a Fellow Member of Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Mr. Ngai started his professional career in the Finance Office of the University of Hong Kong in 1977. Shortly after that he was appointed the Head of the Finance Office of United Christian Medical Services (which operated a 640-bed acute hospital and a nursing school, and provided community nursing services). In 1982, Mr. Ngai moved to join Hong Kong Baptist College (which later became Hong Kong Baptist University) as the Head of its Accounts Office. This started Norman’s 25-year of association in the higher education sector in Hong Kong. In 1984 Norman took over as the Comptroller of the College, a position that reported directly to the President. In 1989 Norman was invited to become the founding Finance Director of the newly established Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. In 1997 Norman was appointed as the Vice-President and Council Secretary of the Hong Kong Institute of Education, a position which he occupied for 9 years.

Throughout the 25 years of working in three independent institutions of higher education, Mr. Ngai contributed a great deal to the general administration and overall development of the higher education sector in Hong Kong. Norman was highly regarded and well respected both within the institutions he served as well as in the wider field of higher education.

After leaving the higher education field in 2006, Mr. Ngai changed his career focus from finance to human resources and moved to join Ernst & Young as its Peoples Director for Hong Kong and the PRC. In 2008, influenced by his passion to contribute his broad senior management experience in NGOs to a leading NGO in Hong Kong that is helping others, Norman joined the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals as its Financial Controller. The Tung Wah Group is the largest charitable body in Hong Kong and it also has the longest charitable record in Hong Kong having been established 138 years ago. It has 5 hospitals and many clinics, operates more than 50 schools and close to 140 social services canters. Tung Wah Group of Hospitals, including those working in the 5 hospitals, employs more than 11,000 staff members and the annual recurrent budget for the Group is approximately HK$4.5 billion.

While Mr. Ngai was highly successful in his career and made immense contributions as a senior university administrator, he also found time to serve the community. Norman was appointed by the Government to serve on the Inland Revenue Board of Review and as a member of the Insider Dealings Tribunal. He served also on the social services committee of the Tai Po District Board. Norman was a Deacon/the Hon Accountant of the Kowloon City Swatow Baptist Church, and is its choir conductor for many years. Norman also serves/served as the Vice Chairman/Treasurer/Member of the Board of various Non-Government organizations, including Shun Tin Children & Youth Centre, Hong Kong Baptist Hospital, Hong Kong Baptist Convention, Moon Lok Kindergarten and the Chinese YMCA.

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