Honors for experts in past and future artsCentral Station | 15 Oct 2019
The Education University of Hong Kong will confer honorary doctorates on Harold Abelson and Chan Shuk-leung, better known by her stage name Pak Suet-sin in the Cantonese opera industry, on November 22.
Chan, who will be awarded a doctorate in social sciences, is a renowned Cantonese opera star who has devoted her career to preserving, reviving and transforming this part of Hong Kong's cultural heritage.
With Yam Kim-fai in the legendary "Yam-Pak partnership" and Tong Tik-sang, she has transformed a traditional art form from leisurely entertainment for the masses to a sophisticated aesthetic performance, the university said.
Abelson, who will be awarded a doctorate in education, is a pioneer in popularizing computational thinking around the world. He believes students should move beyond mere technology consumption into problem-solving and innovation through learning about computational thinking.
One of his achievements is developing a user-friendly app that makes it easier for students to create their own mobile applications in collaboration with Google.