CITY University (城市大學) is hopeful its push to turn its self-financed veterinary school programme into a government-subsidised one will come to fruition next year.
The university currently offers a six-year bachelor of veterinary medicine programme at the College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences (動物醫學及生命科學院). Students have to pay HK$120,000 a year–much more than the HK$42,100 a year for bachelor programmes subsidised by the University Grants Committee (UGC, 教資會). Since 2010, the university has twice asked the committee to subsidise the programme but the responses it got was that there were enough vets to serve Hong Kong.
In its latest move, CityU made a three-year academic development proposal. It included 20 places under a UGC-funded veterinary bachelor’s programme. During a meeting with CityU, committee members “expressed no major doubts over the programme”.
CityU was thrilled that the government-funding proposal, which has been on a rocky ride over the past eight years, is finally seeing hope.
The university earlier received HK$500 million from the Hong Kong Jockey Club to run the school, a significant non-government donation that shows community support for the programme.
The programme started last autumn, when 12 students were admitted. The school aims to recruit 20 students this year.
(This article is published on Junior Standard on 01 September 2018)
CityU College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences
UGC press release supporting funding of CityU vet programme