HKBU and HKSI collaborate to provide elite athletes flexible study arrangements
23 May 2017
HKBU and the Hong Kong Sports Institute (HKSI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the university-wide support provided for elite athletes to enable them to strike the right balance between their university studies and their sporting commitments.
The MOU grants the athletes studying at HKBU an extension of their graduation timeline so as to accommodate their training and competition schedules. HKBU also provides them with individual mentoring support, academic advice and career planning. Both institutes will also enhance their collaboration in applied research designed to improve athletes’ performances.
The MOU was signed by President and Vice-Chancellor of HKBU Professor Roland Chin and Chief Executive of HKSI Dr Trisha Leahy, with the signing witnessed by Secretary for Home Affairs the Hon Lau Kong-wah, Commissioner for Sports Mr Yeung Tak-keung, Chairman of HKSI Dr Lam Tai-fai and Head of the Department of Physical Education of HKBU Professor Chung Pak-kwong.
Professor Chin said that sports and recreation studies are a crucial element in HKBU’s focus research area of “health and drug discovery”. HKBU is deeply committed to supporting the development of sports in Hong Kong. Examples of this commitment include the provision of professional medical services to outstanding athletes by the School of Chinese Medicine. In addition, last year HKBU launched the Elite Athletes Admission Scheme to encourage athletes to pursue degree programmes.
He added that signing the MOU can pave the way for strengthening collaboration between HKBU and HKSI in a variety of areas, such as by providing flexible study arrangements, conducting applied research, as well as advancing the overall development of sport in Hong Kong.
Dr Leahy expressed her gratitude to HKBU for sharing the same vision as HKSI on whole person development and looked forward to even closer collaboration with HKBU in the future.
The signing ceremony was followed by a sharing session during which HKBU graduate and Acting Head Windsurfing Coach of HKSI, Chan King-yin, HKBU student windsurfer Ma Kwan-ching and squash player Chan Ho-ling shared on how they struck a balance between studying and training.