The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies has signed a memorandum of understanding with the University of Hong Kong’s Li Ka Shing faculty of medicine.
Under the terms of the agreement, students from the University of Hong Kong (HKU) will get the chance to study for a year at the University of Edinburgh as part of their degree at HKU.
This will mean students on HKU’s Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences (BBMS) degree will get the opportunity to undertake a year of study at the Dick Vet. Students may then elect to return to Edinburgh after completion of their HKU degree and complete the remaining three years of the veterinary degree to gain their BVM&S. With interest already being shown by HKU students, places will be offered after approval by the Dick Vet’s admissions team, with academic merit a key criterion.
This innovative collaboration and structure will allow HKU students to obtain a Bachelor of Biomedical Science degree and BVM&S in a combined total of just seven years compared to the eight years this would take studying separately in the two institutions.
David Argyle, head of the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, said: “This programme is an innovative collaboration between the two universities. We are very excited by this new link between our two institutions and also by the opportunity this presents to work together on future projects for both HKU and University of Edinburgh staff and students.”
Gabriel M Leung, dean of medicine in HKU, added his thoughts on the collaboration: “The Bachelor of Biomedical Science programme was launched in 2012 at HKU, which is the first undergraduate programme of biomedical sciences in Hong Kong aiming to train experts with rich biomedical knowledge. Our collaboration with The University of Edinburgh in launching this programme provides students an opportunity to develop a career in a healthcare profession on the basis of a solid foundation in biomedical sciences. We are proactively exploring collaboration with other professional programmes to offer students diverse articulation pathways for further study.”