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HKMU and HKSI join hands to foster dual career pathways for elite athletes   25/10/2021

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Prof. Paul Lam Kwan-sing (second from left), President of Hong Kong Metropolitan University (HKMU) and Dr Trisha Leahy (second from right), Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Sports Institute (HKSI) signed MOU under the witness of Prof. Reggie Kwan Ching-ping (first from left), Provost of HKMU and Mr Ron Lee Chung-man (first from right), Director of Community Relations and Marketing of the HKSI.


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A group photo to mark an important milestone of the collaboration.


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Hong Kong elite gymnast Cheng Lai-chun (middle), who is also a graduate from the HKMU’s Bachelor of Sports and Recreation Management and Master of Social Sciences, and Tang Ho-lam (right), a member of the HKMU badminton team and Year 2 student of HKMU’s Physiotherapy programme, shared how they enjoyed the university life while pursuing their sports dream.


 

Hong Kong Metropolitan University (HKMU) and the Hong Kong Sports Institute (HKSI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today (25 October) to offer substantial support for full-time elite athletes to realise dual development in sports and academics.

The MOU was signed by Prof. Paul Lam Kwan-sing, President of HKMU, and Dr Trisha Leahy, Chief Executive of the HKSI, witnessed by Prof. Reggie Kwan Ching-ping, Provost of HKMU, and Mr Ron Lee Chung-man, Director of Community Relations and Marketing of the HKSI.

Addressing at the ceremony, Prof. Lam hopes this collaboration would further strengthen the relationship between the two institutions, and provide flexible and diversified learning support for elite athletes. He said, "HKMU is committed to contributing to the development of sports in Hong Kong. We offer programmes in Sports and eSports Management, as well as Sports and Recreation Management, so as to nurture sports management talents and promote the professionalization of the industry. Moreover, the University places great emphasis on students’ whole person development. Various sports teams and athlete scholarships have been set up to encourage our students to lead a healthy lifestyle."

Dr Leahy thanked HKMU for joining hands for the betterment of dual career pathways development for elite athletes. She said, "The HKSI attaches great importance to whole person development of elite athletes and has continuously explored and pushed forward services to realise that goal. Offering tertiary education support is one of the meaningful and practical measures to empower our athletes to devote in full-time training and fulfill educational aspirations at the same time. With this collaboration with HKMU in place, I am looking forward to welcoming more gifted young persons to take elite sports as a career."

Under the MOU, the HKSI may nominate full-time scholarship athletes to enroll in any full-time undergraduate programmes of HKMU. The University will allow flexibility during the study period in order to accommodate athletes’ special needs for training and competitions. Mentorship will also be dedicated to each student athlete to assist the individual to adapt to university life.

Steffi Tang Ho-lam, Year 2 student of HKMU’s Physiotherapy programme, is a member of the HKMU badminton team. She believes the collaboration can benefit student athletes and help them strike a holistic balance between their training, competitions and study. She also shared that the Physiotherapy programme at HKMU helped her understand more about the skeletal and muscular structure of the body, enabling her to prevent injuries effectively and learn how to strengthen her training.

Elite gymnastics athlete Alice Cheng Lai-chun, who graduated with a Bachelor of Sports and Recreation Management and achieved her master qualification in Social Sciences at HKMU, shared at the ceremony how much she enjoyed the challenges and rewards during her study and gymnastics training. She believed that the flexible study mode at HKMU is particularly suitable for elite athletes and she encouraged her counterparts to pursue dual development for a better post-athletic career.

Targeting to attract more sporting talents to devote themselves in full-time training, the HKSI has established Elite Athlete-friendly School Network in 2014 and Partnership School Programme in 2015. HKMU is the twelfth tertiary education institution engaged in MOU with the HKSI for supporting athletes on their dual career pathways in their sporting life.

About HKMU:
Established by the Government in 1989, Hong Kong Metropolitan University (HKMU) is a modern full-fledged university today. The University offers programmes of different academic levels through its seven Schools, focusing on developing practical and professional programmes to meet society’s talent needs. With the Legislative Council’s approval, it was retitled from "The Open University of Hong Kong" to "Hong Kong Metropolitan University" on 1 September 2021. The new title shows the unique position of the University in metropolitan Hong Kong and signifies the University’s path of transformation and its strategic focuses.

For more details, please visit the HKMU website: www.hkmu.edu.hk 

About HKSI:
Guided by the HKSAR Government’s current policy direction, and using its professional expertise in elite sport, the Hong Kong Sports Institute’s (HKSI) vision is to become the region’s elite training systems delivery leader by providing state-of-the-art, evidence-based, elite sports training and athlete support systems resulting in sustainable world-class sports results. As the Government’s designated organisation to provide the high performance training system for eligible sports, the HKSI is committed to working in partnership with the Government, the Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China and the National Sports Associations to provide an environment in which sports talent can be identified, nurtured, and developed to pursue excellence in the international sporting arena.

For more details, please visit the HKSI website: www.hksi.org.hk/