In 1981, Mr Li founded Shantou University (STU), the only privately
funded public university in China with a commitment of HK$6 billion
(US$776 million) to date.
STU is the cornerstone project of the foundation and a platform to
instigate reforms in the higher education sector in China.
To date, Shantou University has produced more than 98,400 graduates,
including 35,000 medical school graduates.
“Governance for academic freedom,” Mr Li’s mission statement and
guiding philosophy, underscores STU’s series of wide reaching reforms
for greater learner autonomy to foster innovative thinking and