In 2004, TMU set up a School of Optometry and Ophthalmology as a division of the Eye Center. Soon after the establishment of the School, Prof. Lim and I were appointed as honorary directors. And during the intervening 15 years, under the directorship of Prof. Li, TMUEH has emerged as one of the top-ranked eye care centres in China. Through the School, the development of Optometry under Prof. Li and Prof. Wei Ruhua has been impressive. Its degree programs in Optometry have produced quality practitioners for many years to serve the public throughout China.
Since 1998, the School and The Hong Kong Polytechnic University’s School of Optometry have partnered to undertake many education and research projects. A joint vision research laboratory will soon be completed and more activities are envisaged.
I believe the development and transfer of knowledge and technology through continual collaborations and exchanges between the two institutions will enhance the quality of life and well-being of the people of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and the Chinese mainland.