News - Mary Pandora Cheung, International Executive and Former Miss Hong Kong, Visits Greenville University

Mary Pandora Cheung, International Executive and Former Miss Hong Kong, Visits Greenville University

by Rachel Heston-Davis

Mary CheungOn June 12 and 13, Greenville University welcomed Hong Kong executive Mary Pandora Cheung, writer, educator and renowned expert in international etiquette, for a campus visit. Cheung toured the University and familiarized herself with its programs such as University Pathways for international students and a new engineering program. She also met with administrators and shared her thoughts on education, hard work and faith.

Greenville University President Ivan Filby named her an Honorary International Fellow of the University at a June 13 ceremony.

Cheung is the founder and managing director of Mary Cheung & Associations (International) Ltd., which has provided professional image and international etiquette training for Fortune 500 businesses, governments, schools and universities since 1995. She also holds the 1975 Miss Hong Kong title and enjoyed success as a columnist in periodicals such as Sing Tao News, Sing Pao, Ming Pao and many more.

“I always believe that education can change poverty,” Cheung says. She encourages students to spend time learning abroad and reminds educational institutions that “most important are the teachers, not the environment of the school.” Of Greenville University, she says, “All the teachers here really have a heart, and they love Jesus.”

Cheung’s life story embodies commitment to Christ and education. Abandoned by her family at a young age, Cheung grew up in a Hong Kong orphanage and changed her life through an intense focus on education. Her broad spectrum of knowledge allowed her to secure a job at an African consulate as a young woman, setting the stage for her later success in international etiquette.

Named Miss Hong Kong in 1975, she seized opportunities for travel and charity work, leading to awards such as “1988 Hong Kong Ten Outstanding Young Persons,” “1992 Ten Outstanding Women,” “1996 Ten Caring Stars of Hong Kong,” “2009 Outstanding Charitable Artist Award” and many more. Her volunteer work includes service to such organizations as The Hong Kong Downs Syndrome Association, World Vision, The Hong Kong Asthma Society, Friends of the Earth and more.

Cheung believes the purpose of education is to establish a firm foundation from which one gives back to society. Taking care of society, she says, includes improving quality of life and educational opportunities.

Filby noted that Cheung “personifies what we hope our graduates will become; graceful and true.” He added, “I hope she will be able to find time to visit Greenville again to speak to our faculty, staff, students and community. She is an inspirational person and we will all benefit from hearing from her.”

This story was published on July 02, 2018

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