Tribute to Professor Emeritus Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Lim Kok Wing (1946-2021)

“Tan Sri Lim Kok Wing, you will be much missed. May your soul Rest in Peace!” — DRKKJOHAN

THE BrandLaureate would like to express our deepest sorrow and condolences on the passing of Professor Emeritus Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Lim Kok Wing, the founder of Limkokwing University of Creative Technology, who died at the age of 75

— especially to his family, his son Datuk Seri Timothy Lim and daughter Datuk ‘Tiffanee Marie Lim, and the student fraternity of LKW University around the world.

Tan Sri was a great friend and supporter of The BrandLaureate over the years, and he has received numerous awards from The World Brands Foundation (TWBF) for his outstanding accomplishments as an innovative icon and game changer in the education industry.

He was also one of BrandLaureate’s Board of Governors.

CEO of The BrandLaureate Chew Bee Peng said: “Tan Sri Lim’s association with The BrandLaureate started in 2006 where he was one of the inaugural TBL Brand Personality recipients.

“He was a strong supporter of The BrandLaureate and Dr.KKJohan, encouraging us to achieve our vision of promoting Brands and Branding in Malaysia and globally,

The BrandLaureate World President DrKKJohan who is a close personal friend of Tan Sri Lim Kok Wing expressed his sadness.

“Tan Sri was a legendary icon of creativity and innovation in the education industry who brought the world together through Limkokwing University — his brainchild. His was a life well lived, he has achieved many milestones that changed the advertising and education sector today.”

“Many leaders can build a business but not a Brand. Tan Sri Lim built both and positioned it well that not many of his peers in his generation could.”

In remembrance, DrKKJohan said: “Today, I am wearing a special jacket Tan Sri gave me during my last visit to his university. I will always treasure it as a remembrance of our friendship.”


Established in 1991, with the motto Driving Innovation for Education, Limkokwing University is a global education institution that emphasizes creativity and innovation.

Also known as Malaysia’s University of Innovation, which merges the East and West, Limkokwing offers degree and diploma studies that provide knowledge and skills to graduates — with a digital business unit on campus, which promotes holistic learning through an integrated approach and creativity.

Currently, there are more than 30,000 students at Limkokwing University’s 14 campuses around the world — in Asia, Africa and Europe; which makes it an education hub and melting pot for cultural exchange.

Among the objectives of Limkokwing’s innovative brand of creative education are:

— To provide industry-relevant education to the youths to build a diverse, tech-savvy, and information-rich global society

— To be a global player in providing quality higher education to the local and international youth community.

— To be directly involved in promoting academic excellence to meet national, regional, and international needs.

— To encourage creative and innovative skills in research and publications that impact social, environmental, and economic development in the region.

On September 19, 2019, DrKKJohan personally presented Tan Sri Lim Kok Wing with the Country Branding Award for promoting World Cultural Diversity at the Limkokwing University of Creative Technology Cyberjaya campus.

Also present was Pahang’s Tengku Abdul Rahman Sultan Ahmad Shah, aka Tengku Fahd who praised LimKokWing for being able to gather so many people from various nationalities and cultures together through his university.

“The theme of the festival – ‘Peace is Possible’ is relevant at this time when the world is divided by culture, nationality, and religion,

“Limkokwing is an example of what we can do when we come together. So work together, help each other and remember that we are all part of the global community.” he added.

For more info, visit Limkokwing University website at


Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Lim Kok Wing has received numerous BrandLaureate Awards over the years. Here are some of notable awards and accolades presented to him and Limkokwing University of Creative Technology over the years.

May 2013 — The BrandLaureate Creative Innovation Man of the Year Award (2012-2013) at The BrandLaureate President’s Award.

October 2017 — Unity and Harmony Icon Award at The BrandLaureate Nation Building Brand Icon Leadership Awards.

May 2017 — King of Creative Innovation in Education Award at The BrandLaureate Elite of Elites Brand Leadership Award.

October 2018 — The BrandLaureate International Premier Brand Award for Creative Technology Education at The BrandLaureate Special Editions World Awards 2018 (Singapore).

October 2018 — The Brandlaureate Top 10 Best Choice Prominent Business Brand Of The Award Year under Education – Creative Technology. at the Prominent Business BestBrands Awards 2018.

September 2019 — The BrandLaureate Country Branding Awards for promoting World Cultural Diversity at the Cyberjaya campus, in conjunction with Malaysia’s International Cultural festival 2019.

December 2019 — The BrandLaureate Iconic Brands of the Decade Awards for Creative Technology in Education at The BrandLaureate ICON Awards 2019.

December 2019 — The BrandLaureate International Brand Personality Award 2019 at The BrandLaureate World BestBrands Awards 2019 (Singapore).

September 2020 — The BrandLaureate BestBrands e-Branding Awards 2020 — in the category of Creative Technology Education 2020 in Kuala Lumpur.

… and many more.

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