Arthur Li

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The Honourable
Arthur Li Kwok-cheung
Arthur Li Kwok-cheung (left)
Vice-Chancellor of Chinese University of Hong Kong
In office
Chancellor Lord Patten of Barnes
Tung Chee-hwa
Preceded by Charles Kao
Succeeded by Ambrose King
Secretary for Education and Manpower
In office
Preceded by Fanny Law
Succeeded by Michael Suen
Personal details
Born (1945-06-27) 27 June 1945 (age 70)
Spouse(s) Diana Chester; 2 children
Relations Pui-choy Li (great grandfather)
Fook-shui Li (father)
Tze-ha Wu (mother)
David Li (brother)
Athena Li (granddaughter)
Arthur Li
Traditional Chinese 李國章
Simplified Chinese 李国章

Arthur Li Kwok-cheung GBS JP (born 27 June 1945 in Hong Kong), grandson of the co-founder of the Bank of East Asia, Li Koon-chun, and brother of its current chairman, is a member of the Executive Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and was Secretary for Education and Manpower from August 2002 to June 2007.


Before his appointment, Li was Vice-Chancellor of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), as well as:

An alumnus of St. Paul's Co-educational College and a classmate of Professor Lawrence J. Lau, Li received his medical training at the University of Cambridge. He was subsequently trained at Middlesex Hospital Medical School and Harvard Medical School, before returning to Hong Kong to become the founding chairman of the Department of Surgery and Dean of Medicine at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.[citation needed]

Controversially, in March 2015, Li was appointed to the Council of the University of Hong Kong[1] whose professors he promptly criticised for either “failing to carry out properly their duties in research and teaching” or having “become intellectually incompetent”.[2]


He was married to Diana Chester, a graduate of Cambridge University who died in 2013. He has two sons, Alexander and Peter.[citation needed]

Political career[edit]

Li's tenure as Secretary for Education and Manpower was marked by an era of education reforms that included the School-Based Management Policy. Since 2000, the Education and Manpower Bureau has implemented a number of mandates, including having teachers spend more time with students outside the classroom, adding exams for subjects like English and history, and ordering that teachers take benchmark assessments to prove their language abilities. Li retired from public service in 2007.

Li's appointment by CY Leung to the governing board of the University of Hong Kong in 2015 met with strong criticism from staff, who feared an erosion of academic freedom. Li had weeks ago blamed the drop in international ranking of local universities on "academics who would rather appear in talk shows than do their job of teaching".[3]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Matthew Cheung
as Director of Education
Secretary for Education and Manpower
Succeeded by
Michael Suen
as Secretary for Education
Preceded by
Fanny Law
Academic offices
Preceded by
Charles K. Kao
Vice-Chancellor of the Chinese University of Hong Kong
Succeeded by
Ambrose King
Order of precedence
Preceded by
Raymond Tam
Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs
Hong Kong order of precedence
Non-official member of the Executive Council
Succeeded by
Andrew Liao
Non-official member of the Executive Council