Tung Wah College (TWC) received a grant of HK$26.5 million from the Education Bureau’s Enhancement and Start-up Grant Scheme for Self-financing Post-secondary Education (ESGS) to launch the first self-financing Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Medical Imaging in Hong Kong, to respond to the needs of the community by nurturing allied health professionals.
With the ageing population and increasing public awareness of health issues, the strong demand for allied health services continues to rise. Nowadays, the elderly can conduct various body check-ups and radiology examination provided by the registered radiographers using the Elderly Health Care Voucher, coupled with the Breast Cancer Screening Pilot Programme launched by the Government in recent years with an aim of detecting early breast cancer to cope with the increasing elderly patients with breast cancer, are contributing to the rising demand for the medical imaging services. According to the latest round of commissioned study on Healthcare Manpower Projection conducted by the University of Hong Kong in 2020, it is anticipated that the shortage for radiographers in the diagnostic stream remains significant from year 2028 onwards, and more evident than those in the therapeutic stream, due to increasing demand from both the public and private sectors. In view of the manpower shortage and leveraging on the College’s successful experiences in launching the first self-financing Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Radiation Therapy in Hong Kong, TWC will develop a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Medical Imaging to meet the heavy demand for diagnostic radiographers.
Professor Sally Chan, President of TWC, was delighted that the College received the funding from the Education Bureau. It affirms the efforts of the College in launching various professionally accredited allied health degree programmes in the past few years. The College will set up four state-of-art teaching laboratories in the niche areas of radiation dosimetry, digital radiography, ultrasound imaging and intelligent medical imaging and recruit qualified professional radiographers and scholars aiming to nurture outstanding medical imaging practitioners. Designed according to the requirements of the Radiographers Board (RAD Board) of Hong Kong, the programme will seek accreditation from the Board, upon which graduates will qualify for registration as Part II Diagnostic Radiographers and practise in Hong Kong and overseas.
The four-year full-time bachelor’s degree programme aims to offer quality academic and clinical education for the professional practice of diagnostic radiography. With its international standard facilities and new concepts in education, the programme will work with public and private hospitals to provide enhanced training in medical imaging. The College is planning to admit 30 students for the first cohort in the 2024/2025 academic year. The details are still pending approval from the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ) and RAD Board.