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2020 UGC Teaching Award

Message from Professor Ian Holliday, Vice-President & Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching & Learning)

Dear colleagues and students,

I’m writing to share with you the exciting news that David S. Lee of the Faculty of Business and Economics has been honoured with the 2020 UGC Teaching Award (Early Career Faculty Members). The UGC Teaching Award was established to honour teachers who excel across the entire UGC sector.

After completing graduate studies at Harvard University and UCLA School of Law, David qualified as a lawyer and gained extensive experience in law and finance before joining HKU in 2015. In the past five years, he has received six teaching awards – four from his Faculty, the HKU Early Career Teaching Award, and the HKU Teaching Innovation Award. David’s teaching impact is evidenced by the fact that, almost on a weekly basis, students – not only current, but also former – reach out to him for advice on pursuing graduate study, selecting professional opportunities, embarking on entrepreneurial ventures, and other significant life choices. David believes passionately that teachers are also leaders and should adopt an agile mindset to navigate the current volatile teaching environment. He has been a pioneer in adapting technology for teaching practice, which has helped him teach effectively during these extraordinary times. Perhaps the best example is the MOOC, Fintech Ethics and Risks, which he co-designed and co-taught. This course, the first of its kind globally, has enrolled over 11,000 students.

The University’s press release can be accessed at:

Please join me in extending our warmest congratulations to David!

Best wishes, Ian

Professor Ian Holliday
Vice-President (Teaching and Learning)
The University of Hong Kong