The University of Hong Kong (HKU) has received HKD1.244 billion – the largest single donation to date – from the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust (HKJC) to establish a Centre for Clinical Innovation and Discovery (CCID) and an Institute of Cancer Care (ICC). The very first purpose-built cancer-specific research and service centre in the city is expected to benefit some 220,000 patients, carers and students each year.

220,000 patients, carers and students to benefit each year


An announcement ceremony was held yesterday, with Dr Simon S. O. Ip, Chairman of HKJC, Professor Arthur Li, Chairman of the HKU Council, Dr Wing-Man Ko, Secretary for Food and Health and Professor Sophia Chan, Secretary for Food and Health-designate, gracing the ceremony.

A group photo taken at the announcement ceremony.
A group photo taken at the announcement ceremony.

The donation will incorporate the establishment of the CCID and ICC into the government’s initiative of redeveloping the Grantham Hospital (GH) as a free-standing academic ambulatory care centre with an emphasis on cancer services. The centre will serve as platforms for the translation of innovation and discoveries in science and in models of care for prevention, diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and palliation, and for the development of a new holistic cancer care paradigm for Hong Kong. Once open, some 220,000 patients, carers and students are expected to benefit each year.

“This latest single donation will realise the establishment of the Centre for Clinical Innovation and Discovery and Institute of Cancer Care, which will form a part of the significant undertaking by the government, namely, a ‘Ten-year Blueprint for Hospital Development’. We are extremely excited to work with the government, the Hospital Authority (HA), the Hong Kong Tuberculosis, Chest and Heart Diseases Association, and to partner with HKJC in the development of a new holistic cancer care paradigm for Hong Kong,” said Prof Li.

Professor Arthur Li, Chairman of the HKU Council thanked the HKJC for its generous support to the University.
Professor Arthur Li, Chairman of the HKU Council thanked the HKJC for its generous support to the University.

However, Dr Che-Chung Luk, Cluster Chief Executive of Hong Kong West Cluster remarked that HKU’s Faculty of Medicine and HA will need to take at least one to two years to look into the technical feasibility of the project – before they submit the plan to the Legislative Council (LegCo) for funding. The establishment of the centre and redevelopment of GH are expected to complete in between 2022 to 2024, earliest.

Luk pointed out the difficultly of redeveloping GH is relatively lower than redeveloping the Queen Mary Hospital (QM). Currently, cancer treatment is mainly carried out at QM. Once the new centre is ready, cancer care – including chemotherapy and electrotherapy – can be conducted at GH. QM can focus on carrying out surgeries.

The largest single donation received by HKU


Professor Li noted this is the largest single donation received by HKU to date, and he thanked the HKJC for its generous support to the university.

(From left) HKSAR Chief Secretary for Administration Mr Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, HKU Council Chairman Professor Arthur Li, HKJC Chairman Dr Simon S O Ip and HKJC Chief Executive Officer Mr Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges officiated at the cheque presentation ceremony.
(From left) HKSAR Chief Secretary for Administration Mr Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, HKU Council Chairman Professor Arthur Li, HKJC Chairman Dr Simon S O Ip and HKJC Chief Executive Officer Mr Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges officiated at the cheque presentation ceremony.

“As it happens, we began discussing this project two years ago at a time when the Jockey Club was celebrating its own 130th anniversary. Over those 130 years, the Club has been pleased to make many contributions to our community, including to medical and health services—from supporting the construction of hospitals and clinics to funding cutting-edge medical research,” remarked Dr Ip, as he congratulated the HKU Faculty of Medicine on its 130th Anniversary. “Including this donation, we have donated a total of HKD3 billion to the university over the years, some 50% of which has been in the field of medical and health. The HKD1.244 billion the Club has donated to this project was not only the Club’s largest single donation to the medical sector in the current financial year, but also the largest single donation ever received by the university.” MIMS

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