Graduates of a Master of Counselling degree program delivered in Hong Kong by the University of New England were included in the 35th Graduation Ceremony of Hong Kong Shue Yan University last Friday.
The ceremony brought to 158 the total number of people to have graduated with a UNE Master of Counselling degree since the inception in 1998 of UNE’s agreement with Shue Yan University to offer the course.
During his address to the graduates and their families at the Hong Kong ceremony, UNE’s Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Graham Webb, said that the UNE Master of Counselling course had gained a reputation in Hong Kong for being “intensive, of high quality, and tailored to the needs of students in Hong Kong”.
The Vice President (Academic) of Shue Yan University, Professor Yao-su Hu, welcomed the UNE delegation to the ceremony – including Professor Webb and the Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of UNE’s Faculty of The Professions, Professor Victor Minichiello. Professor Hu said that Shue Yan University – Hong Kong’s first private university – was committed to promoting learning for the benefit of society and with a high moral purpose, enabling people “to act morally and to choose wisely throughout their lives”.
Professor Minichiello said that the collaboration between UNE and Shue Yan University had made possible the delivery of Hong Kong’s first Master of Counselling course. “We are now working with colleagues in Hong Kong to recruit students into a PhD program,” he said, “and have so far successfully enrolled six doctoral students who are undertaking important research on topics related to counselling and of relevance to the Hong Kong situation. These doctoral candidates will be making significant contributions to the advancement of counselling knowledge in Hong Kong.”
Professor Minichiello, who has been invited to join the editorial board of the newly-established Asia Pacific Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy (a Routledge, Taylor & Francis publication of the Asian Professional Counselling Association), was involved in discussions about the journal while in Hong Kong.