RS Inauguration Ceremony 2021/22
The Inauguration Ceremony 2021/22 of RS was held on 25 August 2021 to welcome the approach of a new academic year with a new cohort of physiotherapy (PT) and occupational therapy (OT) students. Similar to our practice last year, the inauguration ceremony this year had to be held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Still around 320 participants, including guests, RS staff and students, joined the event to share the excitement in kicking off a new academic year.
The ceremony began with the opening address by Prof. Hector Tsang (Cally Kwong Mei Wan Professor in Psychosocial Health, Chair Professor of Rehabilitation Sciences and Head of RS). He said although last year had not been easy for any of us due to the continuous spread of Covid-19 and its new variants, we were fortunate enough to have the opportunity to learn from tough times, and had indeed achieved notable success and breakthroughs in the aspects of teaching and learning, research and creation of knowledge, and community services. He was happy that we were ranked the top two positions among all academic departments in PolyU in terms of our performance on teaching and learning, as obviously reflected by the continually outstanding admission DSE scores of our PT and OT students as well as the numerous scholarships and awards they had won during their study at RS. Prof. Tsang also gave words of encouragement to the freshmen and reminded them to make the most of their learning opportunities in the coming four years, especially opportunities of local and overseas placements and exchanges.
Prof. Tsang’s encouraging opening address was followed by an informative speech by our officiating guest Dr Cissy Choi (Head, Primary Healthcare Office, Food and Health Bureau, The Government of the HKSAR). Dr Choi mentioned the recent developments of primary healthcare services in Hong Kong and affirmed the important roles played by physiotherapists and occupational therapists in primary healthcare.
Afterwards, there was the announcement and presentation of a series of awards and scholarships to our distinguished students, as well as the Outstanding Teaching Award 2020/21 to our colleague Mr Alexander Woo (Senior Clinical Associate) by our guest Miss Cally Kwong (Donor of Cally Kwong Mei Wan Psychosocial Health Endowed Professorship). After taking group photos, Prof. Hector Tsang drew the ceremony to a close with a few final remarks and a vote of thanks to the guests and all participants.