1. College Objectives and History
Kiang Wu Nursing College of Macau (KWNC) is a non-profit education institution subsidiary to Kiang Wu Hospital Charitable Association (KWHCA) founded in 1923. The College has incessantly nurtured over 2,000 nursing graduates for nearly one century. According to the Order No.418/99/M promulgated on November 5, 1999, the College was formally named as Kiang Wu Nursing College (KWNC). Over the past 90 years, KWNC constantly changes with the times, developing itself from secondary education to higher education. Its progression is more apparent since Macao’s handover in December 1999. Programmes offered have increased from one to more than four solely/jointly organised bachelor or postgraduate programmes. Qualifications of academic staff have raised from just master’s degrees to 20% with PhDs in 2009. After 15 years of efforts, 43% of the full-time academic staff have PhD qualifications with teaching experience in nursing and related disciplines this year. In 1997, 2002 and 2009, KWNC conducted four institutional/academic validations. In November of 2015 the College invited the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) of the United Kingdom to conduct an institutional quality audit.
This plan is the blueprint for the College's extended development to 2025. The critical period of this plan is the first five years (2015-2020). It outlines four development strategies, including (1) expand student intake and start diversified programmes; (2) achieve academic and institutional review, enhance programme quality and internationalise College management; (3) work on integration of teaching, research and social service; (4) quicken the process of regional cooperation and internationalisation. In view of this, the strategic goals of the College include academic and professional development, personnel development, research development, student development, academic and professional support, student source optimisation, nurture of nursing talents, integration of teaching, research and social service, as well as regional and international cooperation.
The College plans to gradually increase the number of subjects of BSN Programme taught in English in next five years. Therefore most subjects are taught in both Chinese and English.
2. College's Development Strategy in Next Decade
2.1 Expand student recruitment and start diversified education programmes
College will gradually increase programme and student number according to social demand and College development (Table 1).
Table 1 Student and Programme Development Scale of 2015-2025
Table 1 Student and Programme Development Scale of 2015-2025
|2.2||Achieve academic and institutional review, enhance programme quality and internationalise College governance|
In the coming five years, it is College's plan to validate the master's degree programme and health related programmes. Furthermore, institutional quality audit will take place within next 10 years (when operation of new campus is stablised) to review that College management, operation and programmes are up to international standard so as to gain the authority and independence in organising programmes of higher level and more diversified programmes in nursing and health care.
2.3 Work on integration of teaching, research and social service
With the teaching-oriented and research-assisted positioning as well as the three-in-one policy of teaching, research and social service, KWNC encourages academic staff to conduct local researches with support from the Research Management and Development Department and Nursing & Health Education Research Centre, through which research findings can be applied to social service and the teaching of programmes of various levels for the nurture of talents and contribution to society.
2.4 Accelerate regional cooperation and internationalisation process
A Prompted by the country's development strategies, College is making headway to intensify the Guangdong-Macao cooperation in terms of programme and research in the next five to ten years. College will also dedicate efforts for its internalisation, continue to explore teaching venue outside Macao and ensure all programmes are up to international standards.
3. Goals and Measures
According to the four major development strategies mentioned above, KWNC formulates the goals and measures in the following eight aspects.
3.1 Academic and professional development
|‧||Focus on offering Bachelor of Science in Nursing Programme|
|‧||Start postgraduate programme in nursing|
|‧||Offer different health related programmes|
|‧||Set up multi-profession and multi-level health care programme system|
|‧||Prepare graduates that meet requirements of local nurse registration system|
3.2 Personnel development
|‧||Nurture diversified academic team with professionalism and academic capabilities who embody the spirit of “From Personhood to Benevolence”|
|‧||Promote training for clinical instructors|
|‧||Anticipate expanding the number of academic staff to 40 by 2020. Build up the categories from lecturer to professor, full-time and part-time teachers, and a reasonable ratio between PhD and master's teachers|
3.3 Research development
|‧||Enhance College's research quality, and use the research findings as benchmark in relevant health policy (e.g. elderly health, nursing education, life and death education, etc.)|
|‧||Explore College's direction in research development (4 main areas: elderly health, adult nursing, children and adolescent health, nursing and education)|
|‧||Promote and manage academic publication|
3.4 Student development
|‧||Explore diversified student source|
|‧||Provide students with professional education as well as holistic education to cultivate nurses with caring capability and good character|
|‧||Allow students to acquire professional knowledge through practice and attain holistic development in physical, psychological, social and spiritual aspects|
|‧||Enhance students' professional nursing capability through service related learning|
3.5 Academic and professional support
|‧||Establish the new campus at the Islands District Medical Complex as planned|
|‧||Provide optimal learning environment and resources for students to guarantee teaching and learning quality|
|‧||Provide support for practising health care personnel on continuing education|
3.6 Student source optimisation, nurture of professional nursing talents
|‧||Expand and optimise student sources|
3.7 Integration of teaching, research, and social service
|‧||Make use of “Problem Solving for Better Health” Project in BSN|
|‧||Make use of PDAN and master's programme|
|‧||Strengthen the development of Nursing & Health Education Research Centre as platform to develop teaching, research and service|
|‧||Cooperate with community organisation to carry out teaching and research during the process of service provision|
3.8 Regional and international cooperation
|College has signed cooperation agreements with 14 higher education institutes and health care organisations of 6 countries and regions over the past years. College envisions to increase the number of partnering regions and institutes in coming five to ten years as well as to develop cooperation in academic teaching and research in order to speed up the internationalisation process.|
4. New Campus Construction, Campus Relocation and Overall Development
The construction of new campus at the Islands District Medical Complex is fully financed by the SAR Government and managed by Kiang Wu Charitable Association (KWCA). It is expected to be completed between 2017 and 2019 and be used by College for nursing education. The gross construction area of the new campus is 33,400m2, which is 4 times of the current campus.The new campus is in close proximity of Seac Pai Van community, and the medical complex is expected to become the main clinical study venue together with Kiang Wu Hospital. In addition, with the clinical practice opportunities provided by other local social service institutes and non-local institutes, the needs of the College for talent nurture in the coming ten years can be fulfilled.
The new campus consists of 19 sections and 18 functional floors. To act in line with College and its programme development and to cater for the needs of students, the new campus has included different laboratories and function rooms with various facilities and equipment, including the expanded library and Nursing & Health Education Research Centre, the expanded and increased number of specialty nursing laboratory, lecture room, counselling room, discussion room, peace corner, information centre, Benevolence Education Centre, activity centre, conference centre, basic medical laboratory, Professional Competence Development Centre, OSCA examination venue, and student dormitory.