Bernie Goldie

Links to expand with leading Chinese medical university

Xuzhou Medical University delegation visits Wollongong 

UOW is set to expand its existing research collaboration with Xuzhou Medical University (XZMU) of China to achieve more outcomes in joint research and Higher Degree Research training over the next four years.

A delegation from XZMU visited UOW on 2 July 2018 to discuss a Memorandum of Understanding, joint/dual PhD programs, potential twinning programs in chemistry, and biotechnology and nursing.

XZMU recently accepted to be an international partner organisation, joining the UOW application for an ARC Centre of Excellence for Microbial Visualisation and Characterisation.

The XZMU delegation included the Vice Dean of Basic Medical Science, Xuzhou Medical University and Vice Dean, Jiangsu Key Lab of Immunity and Metabolism, XZMU, China, Professor Renxian Tang; the Vice Chair of Jiangsu Key Lab of Immunity and Metabolism, Xuzhou, China, Dr Yanxia Wei; and the Laboratory Manager of Jiangsu Key Lab of Immunity and Metabolism, XZMU, China, Dr Xiangyang Li.

The partnership has been championed since 2016 by Distinguished Professor Xu-Feng Huang from UOW’s Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health and the Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute.

Other senior UOW participants on hand to meet the delegation included the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Health and Community), Professor Alison Jones; Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global Strategy), Professor Alex Frino; and the Associate Dean (International), Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health Professor Dianne Jolley.

Professor Xu-Feng Huang’s collaboration with XZMU has been funded by the UIC UOW-Chinese Medical University research and teaching network fund. This collaboration has jointly published eight full research manuscripts, accepted two visiting research fellows to UOW, and hosted four delegations from the Senior Executive.

UOW is among several prestigious universities to have links with XZMU. Others include Harvard Medical School, Tufts University, Singapore University, Tafus University, Yonsei University and the University of London.

Distinguised Professor Xu-Feng Huang said UOW was considered a favourite partner university because of the highly fruitful outcomes over the past three years including the production of a number of joint publications.

Established in 1958, XZMU is located in a historical cultural city Xuzhou, Jiangsu Province, Eastern part of China. XZMU has three campuses over 73 hectares, 18 schools, 16 affiliated hospitals, more than 1,300 teaching and research employees, and about 14,000 students covering medical, health and science.

Caption: Pictured at the recent visit to UOW by Xuzhou Medical University (XZMU) of China are from left to right: Professor Renxian Tang (XZMU), Professor Alex Frino (UOW), Dr Yinghua Yu (XZMU) and Distinguished Professor Xu-Feng Huang (UOW).