Three distinguished educators who have helped to shape Hong Kong's education system are to be honoured by the Hong Kong Institute of Education. Former director of education Li Yuet-ting, Lord Sutherland of Houndwood, author of the influential 2002 higher education review, and schools administrator Angela Cheung Wong Wan-yiu will receive honorary degrees at the institute's 11th graduation ceremony next month. Mr Li was the first local educationalist to be appointed director of education, a post he held from 1987 to 1992. He entered the Education and Manpower Bureau as an assistant education officer in 1960 and was pivotal in implementing nine-year compulsory education in Hong Kong in 1978, creating 25 per cent more school places. He also played a key role in raising the quality of school education and in abolishing the high-stakes Junior Secondary Education Assessment. He was involved in drawing up the Education Commission's fifth report, which led to the establishment of HKIEd, and set up the first graduate teaching posts in primary schools. Lord Sutherland was a member of the University Grants Committee from 1995 to last year and led the review Higher Education in Hong Kong which advocated streamlining of university management. The review, which came to be known as the Sutherland Report, is the touchstone for many recent initiatives in higher education. Ms Cheung helped to set up 32 schools during her 18 years as education services secretary of the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals. They included schools in remote districts and for children with learning difficulties and less academically inclined students. As a long-standing member of the Education Commission, she helped to launch its seventh report on improving the quality of education in schools.