School of Chinese Medicine hosts spring reception to strengthen ties with friends and stakeholders
23 Feb 2017
The School of Chinese Medicine (SCM) hosted a spring reception on campus on 19 February to celebrate the Chinese New Year and cement ties with 130 participants, including government officials, friends and supporters in the industry, partnering organisations, faculty members, students and alumni.
Ms Irene Ho, Service Manager, Chinese Medicine Department, Hospital Authority; Mr Wong Kit, Chairman of Chinese Medicine Practitioners Board, Chinese Medicine Council of Hong Kong; Professor Rick Wong, Vice-President (Research and Development), HKBU; and Professor Lyu Aiping, Dean of SCM, officiated at the eye-dotting and red ribbon-tying ceremonies to kick off the lion dance staged at the reception.
Addressing the audience at the reception, Professor Rick Wong said that despite SCM being the youngest school/faculty of HKBU, it has attained remarkable achievements with the concerted effort of staff, students and alumni as well as the tremendous support from friends in various sectors. The University endeavours to participate in a new initiative — the establishment of the first Chinese medicine hospital in Hong Kong to provide a wide range of healthcare services for the betterment of public health and to serve as a base for Chinese medicine clinical teaching and research. He said the University submitted an expression of interest on the development of a Chinese medicine hospital to the Government last year and called on the participants to continue rendering their strong support for this plan.
In his speech, Professor Lyu briefly reviewed the all-rounded achievements of the School in the past year and expressed his gratitude to the Government, the industry, alumni, colleagues and students for their continuous support to the School. He elaborated that on the education front SCM stresses the importance of nurturing outstanding Chinese medicine practitioners and professionals and is committed to offering comprehensive high-quality education. He added that the “service learning” approach provides ample opportunities for students to develop their sense of social responsibility.
In addition, Professor Lyu introduced the latest approval of a grant of nearly HK$100 million from The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust to establish the “Hong Kong Baptist University – Jockey Club Chinese Medicine Disease Prevention and Health Management Centre” which is expected to start service in the third quarter of this year.