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17 August 2009
Senior figures from one of China’s leading centres for medicine have visited Cardiff in a bid to develop greater links with the University.
Dr An Wei, Dean of Beijing’s Capital Medical University (CMU) and the Director of CMU’s International Office, Dr Jane Wang met with Professor Wen Jiang from the School of Medicine to discuss the possibility of greater opportunities for collaboration – including a possible summer school.
Professor Wen Jiang, School of Medicine, said, "We were delighted to welcome the visitors from Capital Medical University to Cardiff.
"Their visit was an opportunity to illustrate our excellent teaching facilities, to provide a snapshot of our world-leading medical research and discuss possible opportunities for greater collaboration between the two universities."
The visit follows the signing of a unique partnership between the two universities in 2007. A Memoradum of Understanding was signed in Beijing by the University’s Vice-Chancellor, Dr David Grant, and CMU President, Professor Zhaofeng Lu formally linking the two universities.
The partnership has resulted in five Fellows from CMU spending time studying at the School of Medicine since 2008. All of the current Fellows have worked on cancer related research projects, which include examining prostate, bladder and breast cancers.
Their time at the University has already resulted in the publication of four papers with two further papers soon be to be submitted.
The visitors also met key figures from across the University and visited some of the University’s key centres for medical research, including the Schools of Optometry and Vision Sciences, Pharmacy and Biosciences where they met and discussed the work of Noble prize winner, Sir Martin Evans.
The visit forms part of a growing list of new and established links between the University and China which has seen Schools in various parts of the University establishing relationships with business and academia
Among the key developments has been the establishment of a Confucius Institute.
The Institute offers courses in Chinese language and culture to members of the community, public and private sector organisations, as well as university staff and students and acts as a focus for those involved in China-related research and teaching activities.
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