Largest gift from an individual in College's history given to Law School
King’s is embarking on a £40million programme of investment in the School of Law. This ambitious initiative has been made possible by a personal gift of £20 million from Mr Dickson Poon CBE, a well-known Hong Kong-based philanthropist.
His generous gift is the largest donation from an individual in the College’s history, and the largest ever to a British or European law faculty. The School will be renamed The Dickson Poon School of Law in recognition of Mr Poon.
The £40 million investment strategy will establish the School of Law as a leader in the field of transnational law – thinking beyond particular national jurisdictions and seeking global solutions to the world’s legal challenges – in order to pioneer a new standard of legal education for the 21st century and translate research findings that guide legal reform, policy development and commercial practice. With its new home in Somerset House East Wing, The Dickson Poon School of Law will become a dynamic international centre for legal research, bridging the worlds of higher education, policy and business.
The donation will also be used to drive a worldwide recruitment campaign for eight new Distinguished Chair positions and a further seven ‘rising stars’, in order to establish the School as an unrivalled centre for legal research. Up to 75 students a year will benefit from an Ivy League-style scholarship programme, of which 15 places will be reserved for students currently resident in Hong Kong and mainland China.
The Rt Hon Sir John Major KG CH, former British Prime Minister and Chairman of the College’s World questions | King’s answers fundraising campaign, said: ‘I am enormously grateful to Dickson Poon for honouring King’s and the School of Law with this exceptional gift. The new Dickson Poon School of Law will attract the best and brightest legal scholars and students from around the world, and the academic faculty will pioneer a new standard for others to follow.’
Dickson Poon is Group Executive Chairman of The Dickson Group of Companies and well-known for his philanthropic support of education and health care. Commenting on his gift, he said: ‘My donation reflects a shared enthusiasm with the distinguished Law Faculty at King’s College London to set new standards in legal education and research. The faculty will be expanded, student scholarships increased, leadership forums created and a new degree introduced. These ground-breaking innovations underscore our unique focus on transnational law that will groom future leaders needed to guide an increasingly connected world.’
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