In 2012, SCM was appointed by the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine as the first training base in Hong Kong to nurture leaders who could play a crucial role in fostering the development of Chinese medicine in the international arena. It organised from 20-24 May 2013 the first training course, which marked a major achievement in advancing the internationalisation of Chinese medicine.
The participants of the first-ever training course consisted of presidential and senior officers of universities of traditional Chinese medicine in mainland China selected and nominated by the Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, who are key persons on the mainland playing important roles in the internationalisation of Chinese medicine. The speakers of the five-day programme from the Department of Health, the Hospital Authority, local universities and the industry in Hong Kong, shared with the participants their insights on a wide range of topics: Dr. Eric Ziea, Chief (Chinese Medicine and Integrative Medicine) of the Hospital Authority, gave a talk entitled “The present and future development of clinical service, teaching and research in Chinese medicine”; Dr. Ronald Lam, Assistant Director (Traditional Chinese Medicine) of the Department of Health, introduced the regulation of Chinese medicine in Hong Kong; Dr. Albert Wong, Founding President of the Modernised Chinese Medicine International Association, shared his experience in the pharmaceutical industry; Professor Zhao Zhongzhen, Associate Dean of SCM, shared with the participants his insights on the internationalisation of Chinese medicine; and Professor Bian Zhaoxiang, Associate Vice-President and Director of the Clinical Division of SCM, discussed with the participants the standardisation of the clinical service in Chinese medicine from different perspectives. In addition, participants visited the local Chinese medicine market, the Chinese medicinal plants trail and the HKBU School of Chinese Medicine－Lui Seng Chun, a revistalised Grade 1 historic building.