For the last decade, the Dr. David S. H. Chu International Student Centre has been a centralized hub in the heart of campus bringing students together from around the world to share ideas, culture and inspiration.
Made possible by a $2-million donation from the Dr. David S.H. Chu Family of Hong Kong, the centre opened its doors in 2009 just as Western set its sights on increasing international student enrolment under the leadership of its new president, Amit Chakma.
Over the last decade, the university has undergone an amazing transformation, one of explosive growth in international undergraduate and graduate student enrolment, research partnerships and study-abroad opportunities. Because of those efforts, Western became a university that prepares young people for life in the global economy through programs and supports that promote opportunities for all to make the world their classroom.
“This wonderful facility is another great example of the transformative power of philanthropy,” Chakma said of the centre that originally opened in the Student Services Building and later moved to the International and Graduate Affairs Building. “The Chu Family’s generosity will help Western educate global citizens and leaders for generations to come.”
David Chu, and his son, Western alumnus Ken Chu, BA’96, LLD’07, are co-founders of the Hong Kong based Mission Hills Group – the world’s largest golf complex.
“It is an honour for me and my family to establish a platform where students at Western can gather, exchange ideas, and share a common international perspective,” Ken Chu said. “Western gave me the skills and knowledge I needed to succeed in business globally, and with the establishment of the Chu International Centre, this is my opportunity to help make a difference for students from around the world, at the Western campus.”
The Dr. David S. H. Chu Family gift also created a number of academic awards and a public administration program in China.