William Wong honoured as a Distinguished Friend of Oxford
The DFO award, founded in 1997, recognises those alumni and friends of Oxford who have given exceptional and sustained support to the University, its colleges, and departments over many years.
As a Rhodes Scholar and alumnus of Wadham College, William has been outstanding in his support of talented young Law scholars and a generous host and convener of the wider Wadham alumni and the Oxford Law alumni communities in Hong Kong.
In 2015, William established the Des Voeux Chambers Scholarship for the BCL programme in the Faculty of Law, open to any student considering entering the legal profession in Hong Kong. When a young Des Voeux barrister, Harry Liu, tragically died, William privately established the annual Harry Liu Scholarships in his memory.
Known for his great encouragement of young talent, William then established the Oxford Hong Kong Law Fellowship inviting academic exchange between the Law Faculties of Oxford and Hong Kong University. His purpose was to foster academic and intellectual exchange between the two participating Faculties and enhanced research between young academics in both Universities. He is notable, amongst all who know him, for his personal modesty and great intellect.