Dear Colleagues,

The 2018/19 academic year started in excellent fashion with news that the University Grants Committee (UGC) recommends supporting our 6-year Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine as a publicly-funded programme, commencing at the start of the 2019 triennium. The Honourable Mrs Carrie Lam, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, added icing to the cake when she said at the naming ceremony for the Jockey Club College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences on 20 August that our veterinary medicine programme was timely and that the government would be happy to endorse the UGC’s recommendation.

This 10 year-long journey to establish veterinary medicine in Hong Kong has been like running a marathon, with UGC support and government endorsement serving as key milestones along the journey. For me, it has been an honour and a privilege to lead this endeavour, and I thank the campus community for embracing our vision, supporting us, and contributing to our success.

The Jockey Club College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences will be housed along with other units in the Jockey Club One Health Tower, a 12-storey building due for completion in 2022. The Tower will have a transformational impact, enriching our campus with a fresh outlook and providing relief for our space problem.

In parallel, we will improve the use of space in existing campus buildings through redevelopment and enhancement projects. We will do our best to minimise disruption to daily operations and ensure campus safety at all times. I have asked the Vice-President (Administration) to work with the Campus Development Office and the Facilities Management Office to take proactive measures to cultivate a “Safety First” culture across campus.

In addition, to avoid unnecessary misunderstandings, delays and disturbance, we will ensure timely communication and effective coordination for all projects. Extra resources will be made available, too, for recruiting additional registered safety officers who will monitor construction activities and conduct continuous training for security staff.

Colleagues can play an important role by remaining vigilant and reporting to the relevant offices any potential risks or dangers. It’s really important that everyone cooperates with campus/site management staff and security guards by observing vehicular and pedestrian control procedures and complying with guidelines for campus/facilities safety.

We apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused, and we look forward to your cooperation and understanding.

Way Kuo
President and University Distinguished Professor