HONG KONG, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) Wednesday launched the department of biomedical engineering (BME), the first in Hong Kong, to nurture biomedical engineering professionals.
The university's Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty of Medicine are jointly providing professional training in biomedical and engineering sciences to solve medical problems through innovative research and benefit the global community, according to a press release Wednesday.
The new department will start to enrol students for its BME undergraduate degree program in 2018-19, offering around 50 places.
The BME program covers four specialty areas, namely, medical instrumentation and biosensors; biomedical imaging and informatics; biomaterials and regenerative medicine; and biomolecular engineering and nanomedicine.
The university's vice-president Fanny M. C. Cheung said, CUHK has always been committed to opening up new areas of scientific research, and pays special attention to interdisciplinary research.
CUHK launched the "Five-Year Strategic Plan" last year to formulate four major research areas, including "transforming medicine", focusing on biomedical research to improve human physical and behavioural health.
The new department will shoulder a most important mission to nurture professionals for the future to carry out new scientific research projects and transformation technology which will improve the quality and effectiveness of medical services, Cheung added.