Daniel C. W. Tse Ph.D. (Physics)
FRSA, L.L.D., D.Litt., Ph.D. Hon., D.Soc.Sc., D.Univ.
G.B.S., C.B.E., J.P.
Updated in September 2013
Daniel Chi-Wai Tse was born and raised in Macau. He obtained his bachelor's, master's and PhD degrees in the USA. Dr. Tse became President of the Hong Kong Baptist College in 1971, and led the College to gain full university status in 1994. He retired from Hong Kong Baptist University in 2001. During his long tenure of 30 years presidency, the Hong Kong Baptist University initiated many innovative programs to meet the needs of the society, including the well-known courses in Mass Communications, China Studies, and the more recent full-time double-degree course in Chinese Medicine. After retirement, he was appointed by the then Chief Executive of the Macao SAR to chair the University Council of the University of Macau. Since his appointment, some of his major undertakings have been to carry out Charter revision and reform the University’s governance to pave the way for it to become a modern international university. Apart from his current chairmanship of the University Council, he is also the President of the International Society for Chinese Medicine (Macao SAR) which he founded in 2003, and the President of the Chinese Cultural Exchange Association. Dr. Tse was also appointed Director of the Research Centre for Sustainable Development Strategies of the Government of the Macao SAR from 2005 to 2010.
During his time in Hong Kong, Dr. Tse was a well known figure in the political structure of the British Hong Kong Government, in addition to his work in higher education. He was a member of both the Executive and Legislative Councils. He was appointed an Advisor to the PRC on Hong Kong Affairs and a member of the Basic Law Consultative Committee, and became a member of the Preparatory Committee for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) of the National People's Congress. Throughout his long career, both before and after Hong Kong's return to China, he served as Chair of many important government committees such as the Bilingual Law Advisory Committee, the ICAC Advisory Committee on Corruption, and the Chinese Medicine Council of Hong Kong. Dr. Tse was also active on the international scene. He was the Founding President of the Association of Christian Universities and Colleges in Asia (ACUCA) which was founded in 1976. He was also a trustee of the U.S. based United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia. Dr. Tse served as a Member of the Ninth and the Tenth National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference from 1998 to 2008.
Due to his distinguished contributions to higher education and his committed public services to Hong Kong, Dr. Tse was appointed Justice of the Peace (JP) in 1977. He was awarded the O.B.E. (Officer of the Most Excellence Order of the British Empire) Title in 1986, and then the C.B.E. (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) Title in 1991. He was the recipient of the Gold Bauhinia Star (GBS) of the HKSAR in 1998 for his contributions to the formation of the SAR Government. For his contributions to international higher education, Dr. Tse was awarded nine honorary doctoral degrees and three honorary professorships from various universities in Europe, the US, Australia, Hong Kong and the Chinese Mainland.