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    16 Mar 2017

    New HealthTech Centre raises awareness of community health, strengthens VPET
    New HealthTech Centre raises awareness of community health, strengthens VPET
    New HealthTech Centre raises awareness of community health, strengthens VPET

    New HealthTech Centre raises awareness of community health, strengthens VPET

    Secretary for Food and Health, Dr KO Wing-man (middle) witnessed the inception of the HealthTech Centre today and officiated at its Opening Ceremony with VTC Chairman Dr Clement CHEN (second from right), Vice Chairman Professor Eric YIM (second from left) and Executive Director Carrie YAU (first from right)
    Secretary for Food and Health, Dr KO Wing-man (middle) witnessed the inception of the HealthTech Centre today and officiated at its Opening Ceremony with VTC Chairman Dr Clement CHEN (second from right), Vice Chairman Professor Eric YIM (second from left) and Executive Director Carrie YAU (first from right)
    Secretary for Food and Health, Dr KO Wing-man (fourth from right) tried out VR kinetic games with the elderly to learn more about the Centre’s application of health technologies
    Secretary for Food and Health, Dr KO Wing-man (fourth from right) tried out VR kinetic games with the elderly to learn more about the Centre’s application of health technologies
    Secretary for Food and Health, Dr KO Wing-man (first from left) inspected the advanced facilities of the HealthTech Centre, accompanied by VTC Vice Chairman Professor Eric YIM (third from left)
    Secretary for Food and Health, Dr KO Wing-man (first from left) inspected the advanced facilities of the HealthTech Centre, accompanied by VTC Vice Chairman Professor Eric YIM (third from left)
    Formally opened today, the HealthTech Centre of the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (Kwai Chung), a member institution of the Vocational Training Council (VTC), shoulders the mission of promoting awareness of community health and offering vocational and professional education and training (VPET) in this field. The Centre provides advanced and professional facilities for training manpower for the health services sector, allowing aspiring young people to learn about the latest industry developments and technologies. Opportunities for knowledge and technology exchanges with education providers and health care-related industries will also be available.

    Secretary for Food and Health, Dr KO Wing-man, visited the HealthTech Centre today to witness its inception and officiate at the Opening Ceremony with VTC Chairman Dr Clement CHEN, Vice Chairman Professor Eric YIM and Executive Director Carrie YAU. This year marks the 35th Anniversary of the founding of the VTC. The Opening Ceremony for the HealthTech Centre is one of the celebration events.

    Speaking at the opening ceremony, Dr Ko said, "The HealthTech Centre provides valuable training opportunities for students and I hope that they can make good use of the centre to equip themselves. Industry participation is another important pillar in developing VPET apart from the efforts of the VTC and the Government. I appeal to industry friends to deepen collaboration with the VTC by providing attachment and training opportunities for students, and by tendering valuable input and support for curriculum development."

    Dr CHEN said, “The HealthTech Centre unveiled today is equipped with advanced and professional technology-centric facilities, providing ideal real-world training for students pursuing health studies, applied nutritional studies, rehabilitation services and medical centre operations. We will collaborate with community organisations and centres for the elderly, inviting elderly residents to come and try out activities provided by the Centre like kinetic games with the aid of Virtual Reality technologies, so that they can gain more health knowledge. At the same time, students can put into practice what they have learnt through conducting basic health assessment services for the elderly in areas like visual health, nutrition and cognitive abilities. Indeed a win-win scenario.”

    The HealthTech Centre is furnished with various types of health check-up equipment for people living in the neighbourhood, including podiatric and visual health. It also provides nutritional information, which is conducive to raising the health awareness of local people. Advanced health technologies like Virtual Reality (VR) kinetic games are deployed to help train the elderly in hand-eyesight co-ordination and cognitive abilities, while an interactive floor system encourages them to make more use of their lower limbs by way of games like ball-kicking and car racing, so as to help them improve their limb movement and muscle strength.

    The Centre provides excellent real-world training for students of the IVE Higher Diplomas in Applied Nutritional Studies, Health Studies, Medical Centre Operations, Vision Health Care, Rehabilitation Services, Community Health Care for Senior Citizens, Elderly Care Services and as well as the Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Health Care programme offered by the Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi). Students are provided with opportunities both to practise their theoretical knowledge and serve the community.

    Established in 1982, the Vocational Training Council(VTC)is the largest vocational and professional education and training provider in Hong Kong with some 250,000 students and trainees each year. The mission of VTC is to provide a valued choice to school leavers and working people to acquire the values, knowledge and skills for lifelong learning and enhanced employability, and also to provide support to industries for their manpower development. VTC has 13 member institutions, namely the Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi) , the Institute of Professional Education And Knowledge (PEAK) , the School for Higher and Professional Education (SHAPE) , the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (IVE) , the Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI) , Hotel and Tourism Institute (HTI) , Chinese Cuisine Institute (CCI) , International Culinary Institute (ICI) , Maritime Services Training Institute (MSTI) , Youth College , Pro-Act by VTC , Integrated Vocational Development Centre (IVDC) and Shine Skills Centre.

    VTC web site: www.vtc.edu.hk

    Media enquiries: 2836 1790 / 2836 1047  




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