|L-R: L Ho & R Lee|
Congratulations to Lusina Ho and Rebecca Lee who were awarded HKU's Knowledge Exchange (KE) Excellence Award 2018 for their impactful special needs trust (SNT) project. In 2016, Ho and Lee researched and recommended the innovative idea of a government-led trust to assist persons with special needs, including those with intellectual disabilities and cognitive impairments, and their families by providing affordable long-term asset management services. The Hong Kong government readily took up the idea, which was mentioned in the Chief Executive's Policy Addresses in 2016, 2017 and 2018. In late 2018, the Hong Kong rolled out the new service (see Press Release) and announced that it would begin to accept applications in March 2019. Ho and Lee's idea of a government-led SNT is already informing policy-making in other jurisdictions including South Korea. This is the second time the Faculty of Law has won this university wide award since 2015 when it was created.