Sports Federation & Olympic Committee Hong Kong, China signs MoU with university to promote education for retired athletes

The Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with The Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK) on 8th of January to introduce a special admission scheme for planning to retire and retired athletes. As the first local university to establish such a collaboration with the NOC, 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 T.T. FOK, President of the NOC and Professor Stephen Y. L. CHEUNG, President of EdUHK.

According to the MOU, the new flexible admission mechanism, which will be jointly executed, assessed and approved by the Hong Kong Athletes Career & Education Programme (HKACEP) under the auspices of the NOC and EdUHK, enables the National Sports Associations to nominate planning to retire 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. Timothy T.T. FOK, President of the NOC said, “Many well-trained athletes have sacrificed their study time to strive for great results in international competition on behalf of Hong Kong. The NOC 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”.

Professor Stephen Y. L. CHEUNG, President of EdUHK, said that the University has pledged to be an “Elite Athlete Friendly University” since 2018, striving to foster dual career pathways for elite athletes.

As part of its commitment to supporting elite athletes, the HKACEP will continue to provide education consultation, education scholarship, and life skills training for elite athletes in Hong Kong.
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