October marked another big step in the McTimoney journey, as the Hong Kong campus opened to the first cohort of students in the region.
The week began with the official opening where, as is the local tradition, a number of special guests, staff and students cut the ribbon together to open the new site, each taking a small piece away with them for good luck. Students then enjoyed talks from the Principal and from Professor Richard Brown (Secretary General of the World Federation of Chiropractic) highlighting the benefits of being part of an international chiropractic community before commencing with their learning.
Following the excitement of the official opening, invited guests took part in a special celebratory event at the British Consulate, with representatives from the chiropractic profession (including some McTimoney graduates), the British Council, UNICEF, the Hong Kong Dental Association, five of the top universities in Hong Kong, members of the business sector including from the Hong Kong government, and the arts including a top Hong Kong fashion designer, a local motion picture company and a former Miss Hong Kong!
The event served to showcase the important relationship between United Kingdom and Hong Kong through this venture and included speeches from the Consul General, Brian Davidson, who welcomed the McTimoney College of Chiropractic to Hong Kong and expressed his support of the exciting journey we were embarking on. Professor Christina Cunliffe spoke about that journey and the impact it would have on the development of chiropractic in Hong Kong whilst Professor Richard Brown reinforced those messages and highlighted how important this venture was for the future of chiropractic specifically, and healthcare generally, in the region.