Kwantlen to host traditional Chinese medicine school

Advanced Education Minister Amrik Virk announced that Kwantlen Polytechnic University will host the province’s first public school of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).

“Government is making solid progress on its commitment to establish the province’s first public school of traditional Chinese medicine,” Virk said. “At the end of the day, our focus is on giving British Columbians more choice and greater options in health care.”

With the appointment of a Parliamentary Secretary for Traditional Chinese Medicine in December 2013, and now the selection of the host post-secondary institution, the next step will be the creation, later this year, of a program advisory committee.

“Establishing the public school at Kwantlen Polytechnic University is an opportunity to strengthen and consolidate British Columbia as the country’s leader in traditional Chinese medicine,” said TCM Parliamentary Secretary Richard T. Lee.

Currently, B.C. has no traditional Chinese medicine schools in its public post-secondary system. Having the school in the public sector will complement the six private schools already operating within the province that are accredited by the Private Career Training Institutions Agency and recognized by the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine of British Columbia.

“Traditional Chinese medicine is increasingly popular,” said Minister of International Trade and Minister Responsible for Asia Pacific Strategy and Multiculturalism Teresa Wat. “We are making progress in the implementation of a public traditional Chinese medicine school.”