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Dickson Poon awarded Honorary Fellowship of King's

Posted on 13/02/2014
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Dr Dickson Poon

Dickson Poon awarded Honorary Fellowship of King’s 

Hong Kong-based philanthropist Dr Dickson Poon CBE SBS has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship of King’s College London, in recognition for his exceptional philanthropic support of education and healthcare worldwide. The award was made at a reception in Hong Kong at the Conrad Hotel on 10th February, hosted by Principal Professor Sir Rick Trainor, and attended by alumni and friends of King’s.

Fellowships and Honorary Fellowships of King’s have been conferred on hundreds of eminent individuals since 1847. They are awarded in recognition of exceptional achievement. 

Professor Sir Rick Trainor KBE, Principal & President of King’s College London, said: ‘I’m delighted to be here in Hong Kong to celebrate the award of an Honorary Fellowship to Dr Dickson Poon. We are hugely grateful to Dr Poon for his association with the College and his extraordinary support for our Law School. This Fellowship also recognises Dr Poon’s exceptional efforts worldwide to support causes in education and healthcare.’

Dr Dickson Poon is a distinguished businessman specialising in the retail of some of the world’s most iconic brands. He started his career by opening his first Dickson Watch and Jewellery shop in Hong Kong in 1980. Today, he owns and operates over 600 retail outlets and wholesales to over 3,000 accounts worldwide. In the UK, Dr Poon owns Harvey Nichols and has transformed this lifestyle store into a global retail leader with stores in many cities throughout the world providing a one-stop-shop to the world’s most exclusive brands in fashion, beauty and food. 

Dr Poon is a passionate supporter of many social and educational causes. In 1990, he made a generous donation to Hong Kong University to establish, in its School of Business, the Poon Kam Kai Institute of Management, which provides a platform offering cutting-edge management knowledge for businesses and government agencies in the Asia Pacific region. In 2010, Dr Poon made a gift of £10 million to St Hugh’s College, Oxford, for the establishment of the Dickson Poon China Institute at Oxford University.

In 2012 the School of Law at King’s, based in Somerset House East Wing, was renamed The Dickson Poon School of Law in recognition of a gift of £20 million from Dr Poon. This remarkably generous gift is the largest donation from an individual in the history of King’s College London, and the largest ever to a British or European law faculty. 

The £40 million investment strategy is establishing the School of Law at King’s 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 into practice research findings that guide legal reform, policy development and commercial practice. With its new home in historic Somerset House East Wing, The Dickson Poon School of Law is becoming a dynamic international centre for legal research, bridging the worlds of higher education, policy and business.

The donation is also being used to drive a worldwide recruitment campaign for eight new Distinguished Chair positions and a further seven ‘rising stars’. Up to 75 students a year are benefitting from an Ivy League-style scholarship programme, of which 15 places are 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, has said: ‘I am enormously grateful to Dickson Poon for honouring King’s and the School of Law with this exceptional gift. Thanks to Dr Poon, the Dickson Poon School of Law is now attracting the best and brightest legal scholars and students from around the world, and the academic faculty is pioneering a new standard for others to follow.’

For further information please contact Katya Nasim, International Press Officer at King's College London, on +44 (0)207 848 3840 or email katya.nasim@kcl.ac.uk

For further information about The Dickson Poon School of Law visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/law 


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