University's TCM clinics to hit city cluster

2019-02-21 15:57:02 China Daily China Daily

Hong Kong Baptist University announced on Wednesday that it plans to expand its traditional Chinese medicine clinic network in Hong Kong to mainland cities in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.

Roland Chin Tai-hong, president and vice-chancellor of the university, made the remarks during the university's spring reception with local media at its campus in Kowloon Tong. He said this is to promote the development of TCM and facilitate its internationalization.

Chin noted that the university runs 17 TCM clinics in Hong Kong, making it the largest network of clinics of its kind in the city.

HKBU's School of Chinese Medicine has been promoting the internationalization of Chinese medicine for more than 10 years, Chin said.

With the development outline for the Bay Area now released, he said the school plans to share its TCM internationalization experiences with other Bay Area cities - seeking opportunities for cooperation.

In the outline released by the central government on Monday, the nation is encouraging closer cooperation and more exchanges of TCM-related resources among Hong Kong, Macao and the mainland. This is in order to establish internationally recognized standards for TCM products.

Chin said the HKBU also plans to exploit its advantages in education in the cultural and creative fields in the Bay Area development.

He said mainland cities in the region are home to a diverse culture and a broad market. They are a large "playground" for Hong Kong students to obtain inspiration for music and movies.

Chin said the school plans to arrange more exchanges with mainland cities in relevant areas. This is to promote Bay Area development in cultural and creative industries.

During the reception, Chin said the university had started construction of a new residential and education complex, near its current residential complex NTT. It will be ready for use as early as the 2023-24 academic year.

The complex will provide 6,900 square meters of space for academic and creative activities. These include the largest and most-advanced music studio in Hong Kong and a modern scoring room for its Department of Music, according to department head Johnny Poon.