The School of Chinese Medicine has received a donation of US$100,000 from Mr. and Mrs. Okukubo, a Japanese couple, to set up scholarships for outstanding students of the Bachelor of Pharmacy in Chinese Medicine programme. A cheque presentation ceremony was held today (6 March) to recognise their generosity.
Extending his gratitude to the couple, Professor Franklin Luk, Vice-President (Academic), said: "This scholarship is meaningful in two ways: It encourages students to strive for excellence and also, it conveys the message that Chinese Medicine is a treasure of human civilisation and should obtain our full support."
Professor Liu Liang, Dean of the School of Chinese Medicine, said: "This donation to the School from overseas demonstrates international recognition of Chinese medicine. We are very pleased and will continue to strive to advance Chinese medicine in the international arena."
At the ceremony, Mr. Okukubo Yasihiro presented scholarships to four outstanding Chinese Medicine students. In his speech, Mr. Okukubo said that setting up the scholarship was his late wife's last wish. He encouraged the students to work hard to enhance the development of Chinese medicine.
Mr. Okukubo pioneered the introduction of packaged Chinese medicine into the Japanese market. As a self-taught expert, Mr. Okukubo has a wealth of experience in the management of Chinese medicine. In a visit to the School of Chinese Medicine in 2006, the couple was very impressed with the School development and thus decided to set up scholarships in Chinese Medicine.