The Kwok family are certainly not afraid to put their academic minds to the test.
With 14 QUT qualifications (including one PhD and two Masters) between the seven family members, two more QUT degrees in progress and two family members having worked for the university, they’re a group passionate about learning and proud of their connections to QUT.
Father, Tom, and his wife, Pat, first studied in the 70s at QIT (Queensland Institute of Technology) QUT’s predecessor institution. Since then, their family has collected degrees of varying levels from across four faculties, with Tom and daughter, Joon-Yee, also spending time as QUT academics.
Despite their aligned choices in institution, Tom said their children were only ever encouraged to make their selection in tertiary study based on passion.
“We had never insisted on our children to study at QUT and left it to them to decide. However, we did insist they select a course which they would enjoy doing,” said Tom.
“Perhaps, Pat and I being graduates from QUT/QIT had some influence on the choice which they had made.”
Regardless of the motivation, the Kwoks’ decisions have served them all well. Tom retired in 2011 from a long and successful career as a contract administrator, consultant and academic in the building industry, while Pat will retire at the end of this year after running her own accountancy and tax agency for thirty years.
Their oldest daughter, Joon-Yee, is currently undertaking a PhD and their youngest son, Ho-Doug, a Master of Business. Sons Hing-Wah and Gee-Wai and daughter Wai-Ming are pursuing careers at Defence Science and Technology Group, Telstra and Brisbane Catholic Education respectively.
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