Limkokwing: The Man who designed the future @ Limkokwing University of Creative Technology

Limkokwing - The man who designed the future

A narrative of one man’s journey through life, facing challenges through responses that have benefitted others. Much more than a biographical study the book provides insights into the thinking that has created a university, unique for its innovative approach to higher education.

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An inspiring journey, a compelling story

The book in itself has been a journey of sorts for its author, Ms Ambi Mathe, who took 14 years to complete the story. It was, the author said, forced into a conclusion so that a printed version could be produced. “The enormous drive and energy of Tan Sri Lim keeps opening new chapters which is why the book took so long to complete,” said Ms Mathe.

Work on the book began in the mid-90s when Tan Sri Lim was already an industry legend within the advertising community. The university he had created was still a fledgling enterprise. Therefore the contents of the book focused on his philanthropic, industry, government-related and international efforts.

“His increasing focus on education changed the whole skew of book. So by 2003 the writing of the book had been done with a major portion devoted to education. Come 2007 the book was not valid anymore because, again, the scenario had evolved,” said Ms Mathe.

She said in 2009 she re-skewed the entire book under the new title. “Give him another year and things will change again,” she said.

Author, Ambi Mathe

“The enormous drive and energy of Tan Sri Lim keeps opening new chapters which is why the book took so long to complete.” Author, Ambi Mathe


Tan Sri Lim Kok Wing has inspired world leaders, ministers, dignitaries and countless more throughout the years, and the following offer testament to his acute insights of global affairs and powers of influence.

“He is a man who has influenced many in the course of his life and over the last three decades the influence has extended across the globe to touch millions of lives. A creative thinker he always responds with sincerity to assist the Government overcome many socio-economic issues. This is a unique publication in that the life journey of Tan Sri Lim Kok Wing illustrates the changes one person can create in the lives of millions by simply doing what is best and pursuing the outcome, even if it may seem impossible to others.” YAB Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak
Prime Minister of Malaysia, May 2010

“I practically discovered him. I was impressed with his ideas. It is good to listen to him because he comes up with ideas and he sees things from a different angle. He is truly a Malaysian because he understands the needs of Malaysia. He is the essential Malaysian who is concerned that everybody should move forward together.” YABhg Tun Dr Mahathir bin Mohamad
Former Prime Minister of Malaysia, January 2010

“Your untiring efforts on our behalf have touched the hearts of us all and you have shown true friendship and solidarity with the people of South Africa…The size and magnitude of your contribution will have a very meaningful impact on the outcome of the election and, on behalf of the people of South Africa, I thank you.” H.E. Dr Nelson R. Mandela
Former President, Republic of South Africa, April 1994

“Your gracious humanitarian act is your excellent contribution to training and developing human resources, leading them to having good morals and virtues of high quality to continue constructing and developing the country.” Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen
Prime Minister, Kingdom of Cambodia, May 2010

“Your noble endeavours in promoting the Global Humanitarian Appeal for Bosnia and Herzegovina represent an important contribution to the process of strengthening the peace and stability in Bosnia and Herzegovina.” Dr Haris Silajdzic
Co-Chairman, Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina, June 1998

“He has invested time and money to make the University the most hi-tech institution of higher education in Botswana. He has brought Botswana to the world and the world to Botswana through the website that has over 108 million hits a year from 190 countries worldwide.” H.E.Dr Festus G. Mogae
Former President, Republic of Botswana, March 2010

“If I were in the committee of those who award the Nobel Prize, I would definitely recommend him. The presence of the Limkokwing University in Lesotho is like a miracle. He has changed the landscape of education in Lesotho.” H.E. Ntsebe Kokome
High Commissioner to Malaysia for the Kingdom of Lesotho, January 2010

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