Building an International Platform for Nursing Students and Teachers Kiang Wu Nursing College Holds Summer International Exchange Programme

  • Guests and students attend “Technology on Promoting Healthy Ageing” seminar

  • Winning team of the “Healthy Living Tech Design Competition”

  • Visit of Fuhong Society of Macau Pou Lei Centre

  • Visit of Lar Sao Luis Gonzaga (Caritas)

  • Visit of Bodhi Temple Elderly Community Centre

  • Participants receive warm reception from Ilha Verde Health Centre medical and nursing team

  • Circle painting workshop enhances participants’ team work

  • Students participate in simulation workshop

  • Sharing session of the closing ceremony

  • Group photo of the closing ceremony of the summer international exchange programme

Kiang Wu Nursing College (KWNC) held a one week summer international exchange programme from 7th until 13th July 2019. 38 participants including professors, lecturers, as well as master’s and bachelor’s degree students and also certificate’s courses students participated. All of them had a nursing background. They came from 15 different institutes located in United States, Thailand, Malaysia, Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau.

With the theme of ageing and technology, the international exchange programme had the following activities for the participants: “Technology on Promoting Healthy Ageing” seminar, lectures introducing different region’s gerontechnology development, gerontechnology design competition in marathon-mode, circle painting workshop, simulation workshops, site visits of medical and social welfare organisations and filming of the participants’ monologue with the theme of elderly care for 30 seconds each. Through diversity learning and cross-cultural communication, students' creative thinking was stimulated and their horizons were broadened. Outside the classroom, the college had also organised visits of Macau’s featured attractions for them. Students also watched the “Elēkrŏn” show, which was sponsored by Melco Resorts & Entertainment Limited. This let students know more about Macau’s humanistic characteristics and entertainment industry’s development from different angles.

The summer international exchange programme’s preparation team expressed that this year, there was an additional new element of the technology design competition in marathon-mode. The theme of the competition was “Healthy Living Tech”, with reference of the “hackathon” mode, which was popular aboard. It allowed students to get to know each other through an online platform before arriving in Macau. Moreover, they had already assigned themselves in different groups and divided the work between themselves to participate in the design competition. This enhanced their participation and interaction with each other.

Chair of Board of Directors of KWNC Mr Lau Veng Seng delivered a speech at the closing ceremony. He expressed that it was the second time that this international exchange programme was held, and number of applicants increased. From the students’ enthusiastic performances towards the programme throughout the week, fully reflected that the exchange programme had been a success. This implemented the objective of the programme held last time, which was to promote internationalisation of local nursing education. This was worthy of celebration. Mr Lau also extended his best wishes to all of the participants. He hoped that the students would be inspired by this platform provided by the college and they would be more concerned with building a friendly community for the elderly as well as having a breakthrough in the their own personal growth and making lifelong friendships here.

In the closing ceremony, some students had sharing sessions, and they expressed that the online technology design competition in marathon-mode had no restriction in time nor venue space; as long as there were internet connections and computers, they could participate, which was a brand new experience to them. Many of the participants had come to Macau for the first time, and they thought that Macau was a very special city. The experience they had this week was extremely memorable to them. Some students said that they did not want to leave when the exchange programme ended. They hoped to stay in touch with each other and stay in contact with the teachers and students of the college.

The guests who attended the closing ceremony of the summer programme also included: Vice-Chair of Board of Director of KWNC Ms Ung Pui Kun and Mr António José de Freitas, President of KWNC Professor Florence Van Iat Kio, and Vice-President of KWNC Assistant Professor Cindy Xing Zhihong.