Prof Edmond Ko
Prof Edmond Inq Ming Ko, who passed away suddenly at home in April, was a great educator and mentor. As Senior Advisor to the Provost, Director of the Center for Engineering Education Innovation (E²I), and Adjunct Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, many students, staff and faculty members sought his advice on matters large and small, and he was always willing to give. He was an alumnus of Pui Ching Middle School, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Stanford University, and prior to joining HKUST, he taught and played leadership roles at Carnegie-Mellon University and City University of Hong Kong.
Prof Ko was also deeply involved in the formulation and implementation of education policy in Hong Kong. He was Chairman of the Curriculum Development Council and a member of the Quality Assurance Council of the University Grants Committee, Education Commission, Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications and Council of the Hong Kong Institute of Education.
He said on numerous occasions that one of his major goals in life was to educate and bring out the best in the younger generation and the Professor Edmond Ko Scholarships for Student Mentoring are dedicated to a key contribution he made in this area. Keenly aware of the value of personal relationships in learning and the impact of mentors at every level of a learner's journey, these awards will recognize and support those who show: unusual commitment and dedication to mentoring their peers; success in supporting the learning and development of other students through their work as mentors; and advances in their own development through mentoring others.