Star fencer Edgar Cheung conferred PolyU Honorary Doctorate

Local | 28 Oct 2021 4:42 pm

Not only has star fencer Edgar Cheung Ka-long won an Olympic gold medal, but he has also been granted an honorary doctorate title from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Also receiving the honorary title was chief designer of the Chang’e 5 probe Yang Mengfei.

PolyU’s President Teng Jinguang said that although Cheung and Yang come from very different professional backgrounds, they both possess an indomitable spirit. 

"They are courageous in setting big goals and seeking breakthroughs. In the pursuit of excellence, they have demonstrated outstanding qualities of perseverance and persistence, setting a fine example for the younger generation," Teng said.

Cheung, 24, is a renowned Hong Kong foil fencer who represented the Hong Kong fencing team at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. He won an Olympic gold medal in Men’s Foil Fencing (Individual) for Hong Kong, making him the city’s first Olympic champion after 1997. 

He was the winner of the Asian Junior and Cadet Fencing Championships (individual and team foil) in 2014, the Asian Fencing championship (individual foil) in 2016 and Junior World championship (individual foil) in 2017. 

The university said that his remarkable achievements have not only elevated the status of Hong Kong athletes in the international sports arena, but also raised Hong Kong people's interest in sports and brought the city’s sports development to the next new level.

Yang, 59, is an accomplished expert in space technology, a researcher at the China Academy of Space Technology, an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and a Life Fellow of the International Academy of Astronautics. 

PolyU said that he has devoted himself to the field of spacecraft research for years and has made significant contributions to the Nation’s lunar exploration project, manned spaceflight, and satellite development.

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