CUHK receives HK$30 million donation from Mr Li Ka-shing to further enhance artificial intelligence in medical education
Equipping future clinicians with AI literacy and competencies
Effectively implementing the AI curriculum will require a robust infrastructure that supports learning, research and practical applications. In this connection, CU Medicine will establish a digital lab to provide computing resources, AI-related software and tools, diverse and high-quality medical datasets (e.g., medical images and health records) for students to practise with and gain experience in working with healthcare data. To ensure that staff and students keep abreast of the latest developments in AI and its applications in medicine, the Faculty will also establish partnerships and collaborations with world leaders in AI, in addition to providing conferences, workshops and training.
Upholding Hong Kong’s world-class standards in medical education and research
Professor Francis KL Chan, Dean of Medicine at CUHK, expressed his heartfelt gratitude to Mr Li Ka-shing. “With the support of Mr Li, CU Medicine will be able to strengthen AI training in medical education, equip the new generation of clinicians with the knowledge and ability to understand, apply and develop the work of medical AI, help them anticipate the challenges and ethical issues that may arise, and propose feasible solutions to address them, so that the development of AI and medicine can be complementary to each other. We are determined to improve human health and uphold Hong Kong’s world-class standards in medical education and research excellence, so that Hong Kong’s healthcare system will continue to be a source of pride for every citizen.”
Mr Li Ka-shing remarked, “Without question, AI is transforming the world, and it is important to bolster applied AI meaningfully in health and life-enhancing research, medical curriculum and services that will lead to future new therapies and treatments to improve health and quality of life. We are pleased to support these timely intertwined initiatives at both medical schools in Hong Kong.”
Over the years, Mr Li Ka-shing has supported the development of medical education and research at CUHK. As early as 2005, Mr Li made a substantial donation to support the establishment of the Li Ka Shing Institute of Health Sciences at CUHK. Since then, Mr Li has continued to give generous support to CU Medicine including a donation of HK$150 million last year to support the development of biomedical science and technology research. These donations have been an important source of support for medical education, research and innovation.
CU Medicine advocates smart teaching and innovation in modern education, and has a strong track record in developing in-house teaching related projects including but not limited to new technologies (AI, virtual and augmented reality, portable 3D scanning), courseware or platforms that enhance students’ learning experiences (animated or simulation-based courseware, micromodules for blended learning and flipped classroom, courseware with gamification components, etc.). Some of these projects were transformed to encouraging outcomes such as student-initiated start-ups or outputs being recognised internationally at academic and educational conferences, and in local schemes such as entrepreneurship, innovation and technology competitions, or Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks’ ideation and incubation programmes. CU Medicine emphasises student-centred, personalised medical training to unleash the potentials of students and engage students as partners in the development of teaching projects.