Professor Ruth Dunkin

Tan Sri Dato’ Lim Kok Wing’s contribution to communication and design has spanned more than 30 Years. It must be appreciated in terms of his work as a designer, as an educator and as a tireless promoter of the value which creative design can bring to his country.

As an art director, Tan Sri Dato’ Lim Kok Wing brought a Malaysian perspective to the advertising industry when he launched Wings Creative Consultants in the early 1970s. His influence upon this industry and the contribution that his consultancy made can be seen in major events such as the Commonwealth Games and the post-apartheid 1994 elections in South Africa. But he has also used his personal creativity to draw influential newspaper cartoons, write campaign songs and generate new images for major corporations.

As an ambassador for his profession, he has given his time and expertise to several professional bodies and also founded the Designers Guild of Malaysia.

Tan Sri Dato’ Lim has demonstrated a visionary commitment to design and communication education. He recognised the vital importance of design education and by investing his considerable energies and resources into the Limkokwing Institute of Creative Technology, the Millennium Institute of Technology and Wings of Creativity, Tan Sri Dato’ Lim has ensured that the next generation of communicators and designers, both in Malaysia and around the globe, will begin their careers with the skills that they need.

The Limkokwing Institute of Creative Technology has built many partnerships with other institutions around the world. These connections not only provide students with learning experiences in exchange partner institutions and opportunities to experience other countries and cultures. They also enable Limkokwing Institute of Creative Technology to exchange the best practice and new developments with their partner institutions.

Tan Sri Dato’ Lim has driven these international collaborations because he is acutely aware that in the new millennium, as never before, everyone, whether we are talking about universities, young business executives or artists, operates in a global environment where knowledge is strength.

Tan Sri Dato’ Lim has secured an important place for Malaysia within the global communication and design community. He has made a significant positive con-tribution to his country’s culture and leadership, one which has been acknowledged by (former) Prime Minister, Dato’ Seri Dr Mahathir bin Mohamad. Tan Sri Dato’ Lim has embraced his government’s vision for the future of Malaysia as a knowledge economy, driven not by commodity production but by value-added products and services.

RMIT University is proud to be associated with the Limkokwing Institute of Creative Technology. We believe that we share goals and aspirations for the development of design, new media and digital technology in our region and that we are both working in the service of our communities.

I congratulate Tan Sri Dato’ Lim on this great achievement and have the greatest pleasure in presenting to you, the award of Doctor of Design (Honoris Causa).

Professor Ruth Dunkin
Vice-chancellor and President of RMIT University, 2002