Kwong Lee Dow Building officially christened

On Monday 5 October, the Graduate School held a special event to honour the outstanding achievements of Emeritus Professor Kwong Lee Dow AO, one of Australia's most esteemed academics.

Kwong was University of Melbourne Dean of Education for a remarkable 20 years, before going on to become the Deputy Vice Chancellor and Vice Chancellor.

Education Dean, Professor Field Rickards, was joined by Vice Chancellor Professor Glyn Davis and Chancellor Elizabeth Alexander to officially name the Graduate School's building at 234 Queensberry Street, the Kwong Lee Dow Building.

Professor Rickards said he was delighted to formally acknowledge Kwong's extraordinary contribution and continue his legacy for years to come.

"As a teacher, an academic and an administrator Kwong has made an outstanding contribution to the University, as well as nationally and internationally," he said.

"This building, together with its Leicester Street neighbour, is a vibrant place for our staff and students. Like Kwong, it has had a long history in education, previously housing the Department of Education.

"This rich history makes it a fitting tribute to name the building after Kwong as, like the building, he too has devoted his life to education."

Kwong, who was joined with his wife Joanne, two daughters Pippa and Tsaelan, son in law Mark and a number of distinguished former colleagues said he was truly humbled and honoured to receive such a high accolade.

Emeritus Professor Kwong Lee Dow and the Graduate School's Dean, Professor Field Rickards
Professor Field Rickards, Chancellor Elizabeth Alexander, Emeritus Professor Kwong Lee Dow, Professor Emeritus David Penington and Vice Chancellor Professor Glyn Davis