CUHK Business School Receives Generous Donation from Mr. Tan Bingzhao to Launch Endowed Named Professorship

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) Business School has received a generous donation of HK$10 million from Mr. Bingzhao Tan, Chairman and CEO of Nimble Holdings Co. Ltd. and alumnus of the School’s EMBA (Chinese) Programme. The donation is intended to establish an Endowed Named Professorship in Department of Finance that provides additional and stable annual funding to the incumbent professor’s related research activities, so as to enhance the research capacity at CUHK.

To recognise Mr. Tan’s generosity, Prof. Rocky S. Tuan, CUHK Vice-Chancellor and President, hosted a donor recognition dinner attended by management from the University and Business School.

From left: Prof. Anthony Chan, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Alumni Relations & Advancement) of CUHK, Mr. Bingzhao Tan, Chairman and CEO of Nimble Holdings Co. Ltd. and Prof. Rocky S. Tuan, Vice-Chancellor and President of CUHK

Endowed named professorships are highly prestigious academic positions that recognise leading scholars in their respective fields. The scheme aims to attract and recruit outstanding scholars from around the world, retain and support eminent academics in the university, and promote academic advancement in the university’s distinguished areas.

Prof. Tuan appreciated Mr. Tan’s contribution and stated, “The donation from Mr. Tan is a significant testament to the commitment and generosity of CUHK alumni, supporting the University’s mission of promoting academic and research excellence and building a brighter future for generations to come.”

As an alumnus of the EMBA (Chinese) programme, Mr. Tan encouraged fellow alumni to support education development and give back to their alma mater, “CUHK has nurtured countless outstanding talents for the country who are also strong advocates for Hong Kong and China. With this donation, I hope I could also be part of it to contribute to the education development of the country, and encourage more of my fellow alumni to do the same.”

Prof. Lin Zhou, Dean of CUHK Business School, expressed his gratitude for Mr. Tan. He added that the establishment of the endowed named professorship would enable the School to further its research and education and to provide students with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in the rapidly changing world of finance.

Mr. Tan is currently the Chairman and CEO of Nimble Holdings Co. Ltd., which engages in distribution of houseware products and audio products in the US, and the trading of household appliances, provision of information technology services and property development in Mainland China. He is a co-founder and director of the Nimble Charitable Foundation in Hong Kong, as well as the Honorary Chairman of Guangzhou Nimble Investment Co., Ltd. Additionally, Mr. Tan is the President of the Hong Kong Chapter of the EMBA (Chinese) Alumni Association.

Prior to the setup of the endowed named professorship, Mr. Tan donated HK$800,000 to CUHK China Engagement Office to support a postdoctoral fellowship scheme in 2021.

From left: Prof. Lin Zhou, Dean of CUHK Business School, Mr. Bingzhao Tan, Chairman and CEO of Nimble Holdings Co. Ltd. and Prof. Kalok Chan, Chairman, Department of Finance of CUHK Business School.

First published in the CUHK Business School Alumni Website on 11 May 2023, this article was republished with permission from the School’s Alumni Affairs and Development Office.