James Cook University in Singapore and Apex Harmony Lodge sign Memorandum of Understanding
An important collaboration to bolster learning, teaching and research opportunities in social and health sciences, in partnership with a pioneer in dementia care in Singapore.
On 5 May 2022, James Cook University (JCU) in Singapore signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Apex Harmony Lodge (AHL). This marks an opportunity for JCU in Singapore and AHL to expand cooperation and the exchange of ideas, particularly in areas relating to social and health sciences.
This partnership includes exploring potential research projects in the realm of social and health sciences, particularly in dementia care, to identify new opportunities for collaboration. In addition, JCU in Singapore and AHL will also collaborate as learning and teaching partners in the areas of counselling as well as social and health sciences, by facilitating Master of Guidance and Counselling students from JCU in Singapore to fulfill their clinical practicum within AHL, and appointing experienced staff from AHL as Adjunct Faculty members at JCU in Singapore.
Founded in 1999, AHL is the first purpose-built home for people living with dementia in Singapore. The AHL community is committed to empowering the lives of people with dementia, and reframe dementia as a unique phase of life worth celebrating.
Ms Mee Choo Soh, CEO of AHL, said, “We are immensely grateful for this synergistic partnership with JCU to create many more opportunities for ground-up research in the field of dementia, as well as the discovery and co-creation of innovative practices. These will enthuse many more persons living with dementia and their caregivers to live life in fullness and experience normalised living based on their preferred lifestyles.”
Professor Abhishek Bhati, Campus Dean and Head of Learning, Teaching and Student Engagement at JCU in Singapore, said, “This MOU is a great opportunity for us to strengthen our inclusivity and to empower our students and faculty with a greater understanding of dementia. We are grateful for the opportunity to learn from the knowledge and experience of Apex Harmony Lodge and we look forward to exploring new collaborative approaches to research that further our ability to create positive change in social and health sciences.”
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