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SUMC and Mr. Li Ka-shing

SUMC cherishes a very special relationship with Mr. Li Ka-shing, the famous Hong Kong based entrepreneur and philanthropist. Since the founding of Shantou University, our College has benefited tremendously from Mr. Li's substantial and continuous support. In addition, the Li Ka Shing Foundation, through its health related charitable activities, has over the years provided our students and staff with an ideal platform to put their learning into practice to help the sick and the needy. Mr. Li Ka-shing is Honorary Chairman of the Shantou University Council.

Mr. Li Ka-shing was born in 1928 in Chaozhou, a historical city in the close proximity of Shantou. At the age of 12, he fled with his family to Hong Kong to escape the perils of war. Shortly thereafter, his father passed away from tuberculosis. After a childhood of hardship and strife, the young Mr. Li was forced to quit school before the age of 15 to provide for his family. By 1950, his hard work, perseverance and vision enabled him to successfully start his own company: Cheung Kong Industries. Today, Mr. Li Ka-shing is the Chairman of Cheung Kong (Holdings) Limited and Hutchison Whampoa Limited, with business operations in over 50 countries around the world.

Forced by the turns of fate to quit school early, Mr. Li Ka-shing devoted himself to the educational support of the young and talented. Determined to contribute to the development of his hometown, Mr. Li laid the foundation of Shantou University with the aim of preparing young talents to meet today's multi-faceted challenges, and thus enabling them to contribute, in their turn, to the growth and prosperity of the region and the nation as a whole.

In addition to education, healthcare also enjoys Mr. Li Ka-shing's special attention. Education and healthcare jointly account for approximately 90% of his aggregate charitable donations totaling over HK$ 17 billion to date. In Mr. Li's own words, supporting education and healthcare are his two life-long missions.

We are very grateful to Mr. Li for his strong support through the years, and we deeply treasure the longstanding, robust and meaningful relationship between our College and the Li Ka Shing Foundation.

Read more about our community work in association with the Li Ka Shing Foundation here , or visit the website of the Li Ka Shing Foundation's website here.


Contact details and map


SUMC central campus

Shantou University Medical College

No. 22 Xinling Road

Shantou, 515041

Guangdong Province

People's Republic of China


SUMC on Shantou University campus

Shantou University Medical College

No. 243 Daxue Road

Shantou, 515063

Guangdong Province

People's Republic of China




Map & Chinese address

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