Global partnership - Hong Kong

Hong Kong global partnership

Memorandum of Understanding with Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Signed in 2009, the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) creates an alliance between the University of Sydney's Faculty of Health Sciences and Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences (FHSS). Under the agreement FHSS and University of Sydney Health Sciences' students benefit from a reciprocal exchange program for students from both institutions in the disciplines of physiotherapy, occupational therapy, orthoptics and radiography. In addition, the MOU outlines plans for staff overseas attachments, and the sharing of scientific materials and information. A 2012 visit to PolyU by Professor Patrick Brennan has led to the discussion of three research projects, and grant applications have been submitted.

PhD Student Endeavour Research Fellowship

Samantha Warhusrt and clinical voice photo

PhD student Samantha Warhurst was selected to receive a 2012 Endeavour Research Fellowship to commence a four month study program in Hong Kong.

Samantha's doctoral research examines the characteristics of radio presenters' voices, and what differentiates them qualitatively and quantitatively from those of normal, untrained voices. This research will lead to more specific knowledge about the characteristics of radio voices, with a view to improving clinical management and vocal training for this population.

Researchers at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) have developed a computer program called the High Speed Video Program (HSVP). This program has the capacity to objectively analyse high-speed laryngoscopy, a new technology that allows vocal fold vibration to be viewed in detail, by collecting up to 4000 frames per second. The aim of Samantha's visit to HKU is to train in the use of HSVP, develop and publish her research in collaboration with HKU's Voice Research Laboratory, and discuss future opportunities for partnership between the University of Sydney and HKU.

Professor Brennan appoint to fellowship selection panel

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Professor Brennan

The Research Grants Council of Hong Kong (RGC) established the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme in 2009. The Scheme aims at attracting the best and brightest students from around the world to pursue their PhD studies in Hong Kong. The fellowship provides a monthly stipend of HK$20,000 (approx. US$2,600) and a conference and research-related travel allowance of HK$10,000 (approx. US$1,300) per year to each awardee for a period of three years. In the last two exercises, 104 out of 3,000 applicants and 118 out of some 4,020 applicants from 24 and 17 countries/regions respectively, were awarded the fellowship. About 135 or more fellowships will be awarded for PhD admission in the 2012/13 academic year. Professor Brennan was appointed as an Overseas Selection Panel Member in 2012