2020/2021 Opening Ceremony for 3 Programmes, KWNC Welcomes more than 100 Students & President Hopes for Everyone to Persevere

  • Specialist Nurse Lei Chi Meng shares his experiences of fighting the epidemic and rescue missions

  • Students stand in separate locations when the College Anthem was playing

  • Group photo of the Opening Ceremony

Kiang Wu Nursing College of Macau (KWNC) Opening Ceremony of 2020/2021 academic year was held on 21st August 2020. The ceremony was conducted at the Main Campus, Mong Ha Campus and online simultaneously. Guests, teachers and new students attended the ceremony at the Main Campus’s Lecture Theatre. Other students watched the ceremony at different classrooms online at the two campuses. Five awards were presented at the ceremony, such as Best Nursing Preceptor Award, Best Clinical Instruction Department Award for Nursing. Certificates of appointment were awarded to Kiang Wu Hospital Nursing Preceptor, Consultant of Students’ Union, Mentor of Sub-club of Students’ Union and counsellor, moreover in-service nurse alumni were invited to share their work experiences. Vice-Chair of the College Council Ung Pui Kun, Director Assistant of the Nursing Department of Kiang Wu Hospital Wong Chi Wa, KWNC President Van Iat Kio, Vice-President Xing Zhihong, Vice-President Tsang Sau Mui, Consultant of Students’ Union Wong Kit Cheng etc. attended the Opening Ceremony for programmes such as “Bachelor of Science in Nursing Programme” “Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Nursing Programme” “Master of Nursing Programme”. The three courses admitted more than 100 students and about 400 persons participated in the ceremony onsite or online.

When the President delivered her speech, she expressed that in response to the coronavirus, class suspension and policies to fight against the epidemic for instance avoid gathering had created considerable challenges for teachers and students for the past academic year. In order to be in progress as planned, the College had allocated a great amount of both human resources and physical resources, students concentrated very well no matter during online classes or in limited clinical studies. With the effort of teachers and students, there were no delays in terms of the study progress in the semester, which was encouraging to us. Although currently the epidemic’s effect on Macao was less than other places in the world, yet it illustrated the prominent importance and professionalism of nursing staff. Nurses served living people, the work would not be straightforward, yet it was definitely a respectful profession. The meaning for this profession for individual, for family and for society was unmeasurable. The President indicated that to graduate and be a competent nurse would not be easy, she urged students to be diligent, persist to the very end and she was proud that every one of the students at the opening ceremony for their choice to be a nurse.

Conde de São Januário Central Hospital’s Specialist Nurse and Alumnus Lei Chi Meng shared his work experiences as a nurse. Lei jointed the rescue team during the Wenchuan earthquake in Sichuan Mainland. He also participated in important missions such as bringing back Macao residents from Hubei province during the coronavirus epidemic. Teamwork and being rigorous were crucial for the work attitude of a nurse. Saving a life not only saved a person yet it also rescued a whole family. Lei wished new students to work hard in studying nursing theories, skills and how to care for target patients and bear in mind of all knowledge gained and remain true to their original aspiration.

In the new academic year, “Bachelor of Science in Nursing Programme” recruited a total of 87 students, for the “Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Nursing Programme”. There were the total of seven specialist subjects, including kidney disease, diabetes, paediatric, geriatric, severe cases, palliative and cardiac care and 10 students were admitted. “Master of Nursing Programme” recruited the total of 11 students. New students orientation commenced after the ceremony, due to the effect of the epidemic, non-local orientation activities had been cancelled, the orientation was held in the two campuses of the College in the week.