Hong Kong NOC signs MoU with university to promote education for retired athletes

Mr. Timothy Fok (right) and Professor Stephen Cheung sign the MoU. © SF&OC
Mr. Timothy Fok (right) and Professor Stephen Cheung sign the MoU. © SF&OC

Hong Kong, China, January 11, 2021: The Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China (SF&OC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK) on January 8 to introduce a special admission scheme for pre-retirement and retired athletes. 

As the first local university to establish such a collaboration with the SF&OC, EdUHK hopes this latest partnership will benefit more local athletes by fostering the development of dual career pathways. 

The MoU was signed by Mr. Timothy Fok, President of the SF&OC, and by Professor Stephen Cheung, President of EdUHK.  

According to the MoU, the new flexible admission mechanism will be jointly executed, assessed and approved by the Hong Kong Athletes Career & Education Programme (HKACEP) under the auspices of SF&OC and by EdUHK. This arrangement enables the National Sports Associations to nominate pre-retirement and retired athletes for admission to designated undergraduate and postgraduate EdUHK programmes.  

The aim is to provide continuing education opportunities for elite athletes, helping them to build a solid foundation for career development after retirement. 

Speaking at the ceremony, Mr. Fok said: “Many well-trained athletes have sacrificed their study time to strive for great results in international competition on behalf of Hong Kong.  

“The SF&OC has, therefore, developed tailored, diversified post-athletic programmes to provide elite athletes with further education opportunities so that they can continue to make an important contribution to society after retirement. The latest collaboration with EdUHK marks another key milestone to this end.”  

Mr. Fok thanked EdUHK for its tremendous effort in creating a friendly and favourable learning environment for local athletes, adding that the SF&OC was looking forward to further cooperation with the University.