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Jasper, HKUL Therapy Dog

The Pilot programme at Lui Che Woo Law Library

  • It is well documented that therapy dogs can contribute to calmness and overall emotional well-being. Therapy dog programmes are being offered in many universities around the world, in libraries, university health services and student counselling units. It is hoped that this programme will benefit HKU students during the assessment period by encouraging less stress and anxiety by taking a break from their studies.

     

    While selected universities in Hong Kong offer one-off therapy sessions in collaboration with NGOs and other organizations, HKU’s pilot programme is a unique first among universities in Hong Kong. Speaking of the pilot programme, Peter Sidorko, University Librarian, said, “We are absolutely delighted to have our own ‘resident’ therapy dog whom we can rely on as a therapeutic mascot to foster student engagement.”

    HKU Libraries’ therapy dog sessions were held on 11, 13, 15, 19, 20 and 22 December 2017, at 9.30 am, 1.30 pm, and 2.30 pm.