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Engineering Centenary Distinguished Lecture by Ir Mak Chai Kwong, June 27, 2012
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Event Details

“Passion, Professionalism and Collaboration – in Support of Sichuan Reconstruction”
援助四川重建 - 專業‧協力‧同心

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Reception 5:45pm - 6:30 pm
Lecture 6:30pm

Rayson Huang Theatre,
The University of Hong Kong

Ir Mak Chai Kwong

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On 12 May 2008, a major earthquake measuring 8.0 on the Richter scale hit Wenchuan County in Sichuan Province causing serious destruction to the Province and its neighboring areas. The quake stricken area in Sichuan was over 250,000 sq. km of which 100,000 sq. km was hard hit resulting in tens of thousands of deaths. Following the initial rescue and relief efforts, the entire nation was quickly mobilized to start a massive reconstruction program for Sichuan.

In response to the disaster, the Hong Kong SAR Government pledged a HK$9 billion reconstruction program of over 150 projects in Sichuan, covering 56 schools, 35 hospitals, 35 social and rehabilitation centres, two major roads in the earthquake stricken area and 23 projects to rebuild the Giant Panda Reserve in Wolong.

The lecture will provide an update on the HKSAR reconstruction effort in the past four years and discuss how the reconstruction projects were implemented and managed under different cultural backgrounds, industrial practices and methods of project delivery.

About the speaker:
Ir Mak Chai Kwong graduated from the University of Hong Kong with a BSc in Engineering in 1973 and an MSc in Urban Planning in 1985.

Ir Mak is a civil engineer by profession and was a civil servant for 37 years. His early career in the Hong Kong Government was closely associated with the modernization of the Kowloon-Canton-Railway, contributing to the transformation of the single-track diesel-electric railway into a completely modernized commuter system. He also took part in the planning for Hong Kong’s railway expansion and contributed to the formulation of two Railway Development Strategies for Hong Kong. In 2000, he took up the position of Project Manager in the then Territory Development Department spearheading the infrastructure development in the Tseung Kwan O, Sha Tin and Ma On Shan New Towns. In 2002, he was appointed Director of Highways when he led Hong Kong’s road and railway development to cater for population and economic growth. He was appointed Permanent Secretary in charge of works in 2006, lending his expertise to the formulation of works and heritage conservation policies for Hong Kong.

After the Sichuan earthquake in 2008, he has been actively involved in the HKSAR sponsored post-quake reconstruction efforts in Sichuan. He has maintained close liaison with the Sichuan Authorities to deliver the HKSAR HK$9 billion reconstruction program of over 150 projects, covering schools, hospitals, social and rehabilitation centres, two major roads in the earthquake stricken area and the Giant Panda Reserve in Wolong. After retirement in 2010, he was appointed Team Leader of Sichuan Reconstruction in the Development Bureau to continue with overseeing the reconstruction projects.

Ir Mak is an active alumnus. He has taken up teaching assignments in his alma mater since the early 80's when he shared his experience and insights with students. In 2007, he was awarded Honorary Professorship in the Civil Engineering Department. Currently, he is a member of the University Engineering Advisory Committee, the Vice-Chairman of the Management Committee of the Centre of Infrastructure and Construction Industry Development, and a member of the Editorial Board of the HKU Centenary Impact Study.

Ir Mak was awarded the Gold Bauhinia Star in 2010, Honorary University Fellow by HKU in 2011, University Fellow by HK Polytechnic University in 2012. He was also appointed a Director of the HK Science and Technology Parks Corporation and a non-official Justice of the Peace in 2011.

*All are welcome*

Date/Time27/06/2012 18:30-19:30
VenueRayson Huang Theatre, The University of Hong Kong

Registration Instruction

Registration is open from 06/06/2012 15:30(HKT) to 27/06/2012 15:30(HKT) on a first-come-first-served basis. The registration quota for this event is 300. Registrants will be placed on a waiting list if the registration quota is reached.

* Registration is now closed.

Contact Information

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