President Van Iat Kio delivering a speech in the opening ceremony
Group photo of the commencement of the first Master of Nursing Programme of KWNC
Approved by the Macao Special Administrative Region Government to offer the "Master of Nursing Programme", Kiang Wu Nursing College of Macau (KWNC) organized the opening ceremony for the first cohort of programme at the Lecture Theatre of the College on 27th December 2018 evening. The event was presided by KWNC President Van Iat Kio and Programme Leader Professor Zhu Mingxia. KWNC is the first College to offer the nursing postgraduate programme after the new higher education law has been put in place. Students admitted for the first session of postgraduate programme are nurses serving in the hospitals and community of Macao.
President Van Iat Kio mentioned that the quality, skills and scientific research ability of nurses should keep up with the progress and development of the society, as well as constantly changing disease patterns. She hoped that this nursing postgraduate programme could enhance the academic research and problem-solving skills of nurses in particular to enable them to think independently when encountering nursing problems in the clinic, find scientific evidence and accurately determine the demands to provide appropriate care in order to allow clients to receive better care services.
Professor Zhu Mingxia made an introduction on the two-year "Master of Nursing Programme" in which students were required to take five compulsory and four elective subjects, submit a thesis and pass the thesis defence to graduate. The curriculum is designed with reference to the advice from stakeholders, experts and scholars, including medical and social welfare organisations, medical care professional groups in local and neighbouring regions, and graduates with relevant bachelor's degree to meet the actual situation of social and medical services in order to adapt to international trends.
Having been actively organizing the "Master of Nursing Programme" in recent years, the College invited a panel consisted of three nursing experts from the University of Western Sydney, Chinese University of Hong Kong and Peking University to conduct an accreditation for the "Master of Nursing Programme" where recognition of programme quality were received in December 2017. At the same time, the College has also increased supports for students' learning support systems throughout their studies that include statistics, writing counselling and database.