KWNC Organizes the Summer Inbound Exchange Programme to Unite Students from Home and Abroad for Nursing Promotion

  • Group photo of Vice-Chair Vong Kwok Seng (4th from left) and participants having completed the exchange programme

  • A student from MAHSA University sharing her experience in the exchange programme

  • A student from Chiang Mai University sharing his experience in the exchange programme

  • The closing ceremony of the Summer Inbound Exchange Programme

In line with the development strategy of "Belt and Road Initiative" and Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area of the Macao SAR Government, Kiang Wu Nursing College of Macau (KWNC) has organized the "Summer Inbound Exchange Programme" on 8 to 14 July 2018 to provide a platform for exchanging ideas among nursing students and teachers from Macao, countries along the route as well as other partnering institutions. It is the first time that such an international exchange programme for nursing students and academic fellows has been launched in Macao, attracting the participation of 32 nursing teachers and students at different levels from 11 higher education institutions in the United States, Thailand, Malaysia, Beijing, Nanchang, Guangzhou, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao, including professors, postgraduate, undergraduate and diploma programme students.

Chair of Board of Directors of the College Lau Veng Seng noted at the closing ceremony on 13 July that with the participation of nursing teachers and students from home and aboard, the exchange programme had served as a platform to transmit health and nursing professional knowledge and created a multicultural learning environment for advancing the internationalization of local nursing education. Vice-Chair of Board of Directors of the College Vong Kwok Seng, Vice-Chair Ho King Lun, Board Member Lou I Wa, KWNC President Van Iat Kio and KWNC Vice-President Xing Zhihong were present to witness the ceremony.

Under the main theme of "Nursing and Health in the Context of Tourism Industry" and two sub-themes of "Relations between Integration of Tourism Industry and Teaching, Research & Society of Nursing Professions" and "Development of Nursing Professions in the Background of Tourism Industry", participants have conducted sharing and discussions during the exchange programme. Besides, they could not only deepen their understanding of the local medical care and rehabilitation services through visits to local medical and social welfare organisations, including Kiang Wu Hospital, Pou Lei Centre of Fu Hong Society and Complexo de Serviços de Apoio ao Cidadão Sénior "Retribuição" da Cáritas, but also had a profound understanding of the local tourism industry through Macao Heritage Excursion and appreciation of stunning performance of House of Dancing Water at City of Dreams Macau.

Some participants responded that the event allowed them to have a deep insight of nursing education development in Macao and they were pleased to share their experience in their institutions. Moreover, thanks to the on-campus accommodation arrangement in University of Macau, participants have built valuable friendships during their dormitory life in the beautiful campus. They hoped that the College would hold similar events in the future for establishing mutual friendly and cooperative relations between the institutions and provide participants with more exchange opportunities for nursing education development promotion.

There were a total of 11 higher education institutions participating in the exchange programme, including University of Kentucky College of Nursing, Chiang Mai University, MAHSA University, Peking Union Medical College, Nanchang University, Guangzhou Medical University, Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine, Sun Yat-sen University, Tzu Chi University of Science And Technology, Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Kiang Wu Nursing College of Macau.