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PolyU Students Learn About Occupational Therapy in Mongolia Through Belt and Road Funding Scheme

25 Oct 2023

Twelve students from the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) took part in a study trip to Mongolia from 14 to 18 May 2023 to learn about occupational therapy (OT). The visit was made possible with the support of the PolyU Belt and Road Funding Scheme, administered by the Global Engagement Office (GEO). The students delivered presentations and conducted workshops at the First Mongolian International Occupational Therapy Conference, during which they exchanged ideas with global OT specialists. In addition, the students visited local rehabilitation hospitals and the Mongolian National University of Medical Sciences. Cultural exchanges with local students were also held as the two parties explored community sites and attractions in Ulaanbaatar together.

Below are some comments from the participants.


 “I was overjoyed by the amount of knowledge I gained. It was an eye-opening experience to see how occupational therapy can be practiced differently in various cultures. I was inspired by the presentations and workshops, which

provided me with practical and innovative approaches to enhance my OT knowledge. I am grateful for the opportunity to learn from experienced professionals and to collaborate with colleagues from different parts of the world. This trip undoubtedly expanded my horizons and motivated me to continue learning and growing in my field.”

-- Chan Weng U


It was an unforgettable and meaningful journey in Mongolia. As an OT student, it was my great honour to attend the First International Conference of Mongolia Occupational Therapy Association. During the conference, we heard from occupational therapists from Mongolia and their efforts in the profession, and researchers from countries such as Japan and Switzerland shared their research. Most importantly, at the post-conference dinner night we were given the valuable opportunity to exchange ideas with participants like professors, local therapists and other healthcare professionals.”

-- Lau Hoi Ming Annie


This conference gave us a chance to listen to professors from other countries, such as Professor Bumsuk Lee from Gunma University and Professor Christiane Mentrup from Zurich University of Applied Sciences. This reinforced my knowledge and enhanced my understanding of the application and effectiveness of different techniques in the community, such as CIMT (Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy) for stroke patients and strategies for treating adult patients with ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder).”   

-- Yau Ka Yi


About PolyU Belt and Road Funding Scheme

The PolyU Belt and Road Funding Scheme aims to support faculties, schools, departments and student-related offices in organising thematic curricular and extracurricular activities to promote bilateral student mobility and enrich PolyU students’ Belt and Road experience. The Scheme is administered by the Global Engagement Office at PolyU. More details about the Scheme can be found here.

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