MU Connect issue 2 (May 2022) page 22 and 23

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HKMU stands with Hong Kong at pandemic height

Supporting frontline pandemic fighters

As COVID-19 cases spiked to an all-time high, making everyone tensed up in the last couple of months, HKMU School of Nursing and Health Studies staff and students pulled through with professionalism and continued to fill support roles that were short of manpower. Some performed N95 fit tests for frontline workers at the community treatment facility at AsiaWorld-Expo, the Chi Lin Nunnery Chi Lin Home for the Elderly, and the holding centre at the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal, while others assisted in the vaccination of children and the elderly in a primary school and a nursing home respectively. Some students have also been serving disabled residents in the homes of Fu Hong Society.

In addition, in response to the overwhelming demand for the Hospital Authority (HA)'s support hotline, the University has set up a hotline support centre at the Jockey Club Institute of Healthcare to receive and make follow-up calls for the HA starting from 28 March. With 10 lines in total, the Centre is served by some 130 staff and student volunteers from School of Nursing and Health Studies, providing enquirers with general healthcare information and making referrals for follow-up support where necessary.

Helping children and teenagers make the most of early 'summer  holiday'

Apart from helping to fight the pandemic on the frontline, HKMU staff and students have also been going all out to support communities affected during this tough time. With the summer holiday brought forward, the Student Affairs Office (SAO) put together the Kids@HKMU Summer Camp for children who had to stay home most of the time. It recruited 112 student-tutors from the University to inspire primary school children through online interactive activities based on specially prepared materials, covering 11 subjects as wide as environmental conservation, STEM games, sport, financial management and art. In particular, students from the School of Education and Languages were invited to share with fellow participants their expertise on educational material design and classroom management. The programme was supported by the Kowloon City District Office and ran for four weeks starting from late March, benefiting around a thousand primary school students.

Separately, the Lee Shau Kee School of Business and Administration moved their Junior Summer Programmes ahead to 11 to 22 April, in an effort to help secondary school students explore career options and make future life plans.