Dr Vincent H.C. Cheng, Senior Adviser and former Member of the Board of Directors of CUHK Medical Centre (CUHKMC) passed away on 28 August 2022, at the age of 74. CUHKMC is profoundly saddened by the passing of Dr Vincent Cheng and conveys its deepest condolences to his family.
Dr Vincent Cheng has made remarkable contribution to the long term development of Hong Kong’s medical services. As a visionary leader, Dr Cheng set his goal to improve the local medical services and to pioneer a new healthcare solution for Hong Kong. He spearheaded the establishment of CUHK owned private teaching hospital with determination and enthusiasm. Despite the many challenges along the way, in particular on the financing of the hospital’s construction, Dr Cheng had demonstrated his exemplary perseverance to overcome all obstacles, enabling the successful construction of the hospital. CUHKMC commenced its service to the public in early 2021.
Dr FUNG Hong, Chief Executive Officer of CUHKMC expressed deep sorrow over the passing of Dr Vincent Cheng, “Dr Cheng was a great contributor to CUHKMC from the beginning. He had proactively engaged in the development of the hospital by assuming the role as the Director from 2016 to 2021. Then he became Senior Adviser and Committee Member of Fundraising Committee since 2021. During the stage of planning, Dr Cheng persisted his view to keep CUHKMC a non-profit making private hospital, and to immunise the hospital from profit-making oriented investors. Behind all these persistence was no doubt Dr Cheng’s deep passion for CUHKMC. On behalf of the whole team of CUHKMC, I would like to express our gratitude to Dr Cheng’s contributions towards CUHKMC and our deepest condolences to his family.”
Dr Vincent Cheng was a New Asia graduate in economics in 1973 and the Vice-President of the second CUHK Student Union. He served as a member of the CUHK Council and of New Asia College’s Board of Trustees. In 2009, he became the first alumnus to assume the position of the University’s Council Chairman. His six-year tenure saw Dr Cheng spearhead a range of major initiatives including preparations for the establishment of five new colleges, CUHK (Shenzhen), and CUHKMC.
Widely-recognised as an eminent leader in the banking and financial sector, Dr Vincent Cheng was the first Chinese Executive Director of HSBC Holdings and the first Chinese Chairman of The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited. Dr Cheng also had a distinguished career in public and community service having served as a member of the National Committee of the 11th Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, Vice Chairman of the China Banking Association, and Chairman of the Executive Committee of The Community Chest. He made an impressive contribution to public policy in Hong Kong and served as a member of the Legislative Council, the Executive Council, and many key government committees. He was also seconded to the Hong Kong Government’s Central Policy Unit and served as an adviser to the government. Dr Cheng received numerous awards for his distinguished community service, including the Gold Bauhinia Star awarded by the Government of the HKSAR.