The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies

The Dick Vet signs MoU with Hong Kong University

The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies is delighted to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the University of Edinburgh’s Vet School and the University of Hong Kong’s Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine.

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Professor Natalie Waran, Director of the Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education shakes hands with Professor Gabriel M Leung, Dean of the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine.

This unique partnership will provide students from the University of Hong Kong (HKU) with the chance to experience a year of study at the University of Edinburgh, recently ranked 17th in the world in the QS World Rankings, as part of their degree at the University of Hong Kong, which itself was ranked 26th in the world.

The MoU will give students on HKU’s Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences (BBMS) degree 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. It is an exciting opportunity for HKU students to experience living and studying in another culture and to experience Scotland’s beautiful capital, Edinburgh.

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Professor Natalie Waran and Professor Gabriel M. Leung with members of academic staff from the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine.

Welcoming the partnership, Professor 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.

Professor David ArgyleHead of the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies

Professor Gabriel M Leung, Dean of Medicine in HKU, said of 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.

Professor Gabriel M LeungDean of Medicine