The School of Chinese Medicine (SCM) hosted the 4th Annual Meeting of Global University Network of Traditional Medicine (GUNTM) on Saturday (24 November). The event was attended by around 100 participants, including academics and experts in the field, local Chinese medicine practitioners as well as faculty members and students of HKBU. During the Meeting, a total of 13 renowned scholars from eight universities in Australia, Japan, Korea, Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong gave lectures on the theme “From Outpatient to Inpatient: Contribution and Future Development of Traditional Medicine”. The academics and experts shared their latest research findings and new insights with the audience, and discussed how they could collaborate with professionals and the industry to advance the development of traditional medicine for the benefit of humankind. The speakers included Professor Charlie Xue and Dr. Tony Zhang of RMIT University, Australia; Professor Munenori Saito of Meiji University of Integrative Medicine, Japan; Professor Kim Namil and Professor Lee Sanghoon of Kyung Hee University, South Korea; Professor Zhao Baixiao of Beijing University of Chinese Medicine; Professor Xu Ling of Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine; Professor Li Wangyao of Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine; Dr. Hsu Sheng-feng of China Medical University, Taiwan; Professor Lu Aiping, Dean of SCM; Professor Zhao Zhongzhen and Professor Bian Zhaoxiang, Associate Deans of SCM, and Dr. Li Min, Associate Professor of SCM. In his opening remarks, Professor Albert Chan, President and Vice-Chancellor, said that the theme of the Meeting echoed the strategic goal of HKBU to establish a first-rate Chinese medicine teaching hospital in Hong Kong in the near future. He said: “We are gratified that the HKSAR Government has been taking positive steps to support the development of Chinese medicine. We believe that the proposed Chinese medicine teaching hospital would enable Chinese medicine to give full play to HKBU’s strengths and contribute to the integration of Chinese and Western medicine.” “The establishment of the Chinese medicine teaching hospital will be a historic step in the right direction for the local public healthcare system, and will open a new chapter in our international collaborations with medical institutions around the world,” added President Chan. GUNTM is a multilateral non-political academic network established in 2009 with the aim of promoting traditional East Asian medicine. It has been serving as an excellent platform whereupon international collaboration among recognised traditional medicine institutions in the areas of education, research, clinical practices and information exchange can take place.
Honourable guests officiate at the Meeting’s opening ceremony