HKBU receives HK$4 million donation from The Chinese Manufacturers’ Association of Hong Kong in support of Chinese medicine student exchange scheme
22 Jun 2016
The University recently received a HK$4 million donation from The Chinese Manufacturers’ Association of Hong Kong in support of the Scheme of Study Tour and Exchange for Undergraduates and Junior Chinese Medicine Practitioners of the School of Chinese Medicine (SCM). In recognition of the generous support of the Association, the University named one of the teaching and research facilities at the Jockey Club School of Chinese Medicine Building located on the Baptist University Road Campus “The Chinese Manufacturers’ Association of Hong Kong Chinese Medicine Education Centre”. Officiating at the naming ceremony today (22 June) were Dr Eddy Li, President of The Chinese Manufacturers’ Association of Hong Kong, and Professor Roland Chin, President and Vice-Chancellor of HKBU.
In his speech, Professor Roland Chin said The Chinese Manufacturers’ Association of Hong Kong has provided subsidies towards Mainland students exchange scholarships before and the University is grateful to have the Association’s staunch support over so many years. He said HKBU School of Chinese Medicine attains the first-class level in terms of its overall accomplishment. The Scheme of Study Tour and Exchange for Undergraduates and Junior Chinese Medicine Practitioners of SCM subsidised by The Chinese Manufacturers’ Association of Hong Kong would further enable students to go beyond Hong Kong and extend their reach to the international arena.
Professor Chin also expressed his hope for the Government to endorse the University’s proposal in building the first local Chinese medicine hospital which would further allow HKBU to reach its aim of providing quality Chinese medicine service to the community as well as nurturing talents for the industry. The University hopes to establish the first Chinese medicine hospital in Hong Kong to serve as a model for future ones and further develop the hospital to become the global standard.
SCM endeavours to broaden students’ global vision by providing more exchange opportunities for them to gain a better understanding of the development trend of Chinese medicine abroad. It is hoped that through the Scheme of Study Tour and Exchange for Undergraduates and Junior Chinese Medicine Practitioners of SCM, the School will provide sponsorships for undergraduate students and junior Chinese medicine practitioners to visit overseas Chinese medicine universities and Chinese medicine hospitals, such as those in Taiwan, Korea, Japan, Germany and Canada, to learn and receive clinical training so as to enhance their clinical experience and strengthen their clinical research capabilities. They will also be able to take better advantage of the rapid development of Chinese medicine worldwide through learning from Chinese medicine masters and discussing with fellow students overseas.
Located at the mezzanine of the Jockey Club School of Chinese Medicine Building, “The Chinese Manufacturers’ Association of Hong Kong Chinese Medicine Education Centre” contains a large collection of voucher specimens as well as computers with access to several electronic Chinese medicine databases. The collection of over 8,000 voucher specimens serves as an important database for research and provides significant teaching materials for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. The electronic Chinese medicine databases aim at enhancing the teaching and learning of Chinese medicine and to facilitate research on Chinese medicine. These open-access databases also allow the general public to have a better and comprehensive understanding of Chinese medicine knowledge and development.