Vale William Chiu
It is with sadness that the University of Western Sydney acknowledges the passing of Dr William Chiu after a period of illness.
A leading member of Sydney's Malaysian and Chinese communities, Dr Chiu was widely recognised for his continuous service in many organisations within the Sydney Chinese community and his dedication to the promotion of friendly relationships between Australia and China.
He was a passionate supporter and promoter for world peace and for China's peaceful reunification.
Dr Chiu has also been a wonderful friend to UWS over many years through his generous philanthropic support, in particular, the establishment of Exchange and Study Abroad scholarships.
This initiative provides scholarships to support Australian students at UWS to travel to China.
Dr Chiu's significant generosity has been critical in helping UWS to develop closer relations with other universities in China, and to encourage and support students to pursue studies in Chinese language and culture.
In recognition of his work to foster China-Australia relationships and his significant contributions to Australian public life and the communities of Greater Western Sydney, the University was proud to award Dr Chiu a Doctor of Letters honoris causa in April 2014.
On behalf of the University of Western Sydney community, I extend our sincerest condolences to Dr Chiu's family, as well as his many friends and colleagues.
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