The OUHK held a Chinese New Year Media Luncheon on 15 February at which the Management of the University shared their plans for the new year. At the luncheon, President Prof. Yuk-Shan Wong talked about the University’s Nursing and Healthcare Complex Development Project and relevant academic programmes under planning. It is believed that the establishment of the new Complex will enable the University to cater to the future manpower requirements for nursing and other healthcare services, and will allow swift response to the new and unforeseen community needs that may arise as our society ages.
Prof. Wong said that the new Complex will be situated at a site on Sheung Shing Street, which is right opposite the OUHK’s Ho Man Tin Main Campus. On completion in 2020, the total gross floor area of OUHK’s campus in Ho Man Tin will come to around 73,000 sq.m.
By housing all OUHK’s healthcare related efforts under one roof, it is expected that synergies across all programmes and projects could be achieved. In addition to the current Nursing programmes, new programmes such as Bachelor of Social Sciences with Honours in Mental Health and Psychology and Bachelor of Science with Honours in Nutrition and Dietetics are under planning to meet the growing demands for a wide array of healthcare professionals
Some of the facilities to be built in the new Complex, for instance, the psychology laboratory and the Special Educational Needs (SEN) service/training centre, will become future assessment or resource centres for the public who have needs for specialized healthcare services.
Apart from sharing about the Nursing and Healthcare Complex Development Project, Vice-President (Academic) Prof. Reggie Kwan added that the University is now discussing with the Education Bureau regarding the allocation of the recently-increased SSSDP subsidized places and the possibility of launching more SSSDP programmes at OUHK in response to the measures announced at the Policy Address in January.