20 Aug 2018
Our college, Hong Kong’s first and only veterinary college, has been named Jockey Club College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences in collaboration with Cornell University in a ceremony attended by the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Mrs Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor.
We are truly grateful to The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust and to our partner, Cornell University, one of the world’s leading institutions in veterinary medicine. We also thank the many stakeholders who have supported the idea of a veterinary college at CityU over the years.
At the naming ceremony, it was announced that the University Grants Committee (UGC) will recommend that the Hong Kong government accepts CityU’s proposal to publicly fund the currently self-funded Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine (BVM) programme from 2019 onwards. In her address, Mrs Carrie Lam was highly supportive of CityU’s initiative to provide veterinary education in Hong Kong and said that ‘I am happy to say that we are willing and happy to endorse the UGC's recommendation.’
We are very grateful to all the officiating guests for their valuable support at the naming ceremony, including The Honourable Mrs Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, GBM, GBS, The Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region; Dr Simon S O Ip, GBS, CBE, JP, Chairman of The Hong Kong Jockey Club; Mr Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, GBS, JP, Chief Executive Officer of The Hong Kong Jockey Club; Mr Kevin Yeung Yun-hung, JP, Secretary for Education; Mr Carlson Tong Ka-shing, SBS, JP, Chairman of UGC; and Mr Lester Garson Huang, SBS, JP, Chairman of the CityU Council.
We also thank the hundreds of guests who attended the ceremony, including Professor Wendy Wolford, Vice Provost for International Affairs, and Professor Lorin Warnick, Austin O Hooey Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, who made the long journey from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, to support the college.
A video describing the journey towards establishing the 'Jockey Club College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences’ can be viewed here.
Mrs Carrie Lam’s speech (with photos/video) is available here.
|From left:||Prof. Lorin Warnick, Mr Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, Prof. Way Kuo, Dr Simon S O Ip, Mrs Carrie Lam, Mr Carlson Tong Ka-shing, Mr Lester Garson Huang, Mr Kevin Yeung Yun-hung, Prof. Michael Reichel|
|'Jockey Club College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences’ staff and students|