HKMU launches two new masters programmes to address the healthcare needs of Hong Kong's ageing society 4/5/2022
The School of Nursing and Health Studies of Hong Kong Metropolitan University signs collaboration agreements with the School of Graduate Studies of Lingnan University and the Society for the Promotion of Hospice Care respectively to co-organize two new masters programmes.
The School of Nursing and Health Studies of Hong Kong Metropolitan University (HKMU) recently signed collaboration agreements with the School of Graduate Studies of Lingnan University (LU) and the Society for the Promotion of Hospice Care (SPHC) respectively to co-organize two new masters programmes: "Master of Science in Smart Ageing and Gerontology" and "Master of Science in Extensive End-of-Life Care".
The agreement for the dual-degree programme "Master of Science in Smart Ageing and Gerontology", which is jointly developed by HKMU and LU, was signed by Prof. Reggie Kwan Ching-ping, HKMU Provost, and Prof. Mok Ka-ho, LU Vice President and Dean of the School of Graduate Studies. Under the agreement, both parties will offer courses in gerontology, life science, sociology, and information technology, to equip students with knowledge in various disciplines, enhance their creative-thinking ability, and allow them to learn new care-delivery models. The programme is designed for students interested in developing a career in care services for the elderly. It will commence in the 2022/23 academic year. Qualified students will be awarded master degrees from both universities.
SPHC Chief Operation Officer Mr Chan Muk-kwong signed the agreement with Prof. Kwan, Provost of HKMU, to co-organize the "Master of Science in Extensive End-of-Life Care" programme. SPHC is the first palliative and hospice care training provider in Hong Kong. It provides quality hospice care and promotes life education to the public and healthcare professionals. The programme, which emphasises both theory and practice, will offer healthcare personnel the opportunity to learn about, and enhance their competency in, providing extensive end-of-life care using a person-centred approach. Under the collaborative framework, SPHC will provide students with a platform for learning and clinical training, allowing them to experience and explore hospice care in a real-life setting.
The Acting Dean of HKMU's School of Nursing and Health Studies, Prof. Mimi Tse Mun-yee, welcomed the new partnerships. She remarked that population ageing is a global trend. With the evolution of global technology and health knowledge, the University hopes to nurture more healthcare talent with a global perspective to face the coming challenges through innovative and quality teaching methods.
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