The annual retreat of SCM was held on 24-26 June 2016 at the Tropical Crops Genetic Resources Institute of the Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences in Danzhou, Hainan. About 50 teaching and administrative staff from the four divisions led by Dean Lu Aiping and Associate Dean Zhao Zhongzhen participated in the retreat. The School was privileged to have Professor Rick Wong, Vice-President (Research & Development), at the retreat to provide the academic staff with guidance and advice on research.
In his opening remarks, Professor Lu stressed the importance of communication, collaboration and consolidation in fostering the development of the niche areas and the competitiveness of the School. Professor Wong said that the School had developed rapidly in recent years and encouraged the faculty and staff to continue to work hard, embrace the institutional strategies and contribute to the building of international reputation for the University. At the retreat, the participants had a long and fruitful discussion on the School’s academic programmes, research strategies, clinical services as well as internationalisation efforts, with a view to enhancing the quality of its academic programmes, research and clinical services. In addition, they also put forward ways and means to prepare for the institutional plan to establish the first Chinese medicine hospital in Hong Kong.
The retreat participants visited the Hainan Tropical Botanical Garden, which boasts around 2,000 species of tropical and subtropical plants, including several hundred species of rare plants from around the world, over 50 species of rare and endangered plants protected by the government and over 1,000 species of tropical flowers.