On October 28th, the Chinese-Foreign University Presidents Forum with the theme of “Innovation and Development” and “Future of University” was held at Wenzhou Medical University (WMU). Nearly 30 university presidents and more than 100 experts from the United States, France, Australia, Japan, South Korea, Thailand and China attended the Forum to share the experience of higher education development and explore the future of higher education. Lu Fan, Secretary of the WMU Party Committee delivered the opening address and President Li Xiaokun presented a thematic report at the Forum’s opening ceremony presided over by Vice President Jin Shengwei.
On behalf of WMU, Lu Fan expressed her welcome and gratitude to the participants of the Forum. Through the Forum as an interactive platform for sharing ideas and wisdom, she expected to explore the future development of the university, find a practical development path that fits the university, and realize the independent pursuit and sustainable development of the university.
In his keynote speech entitled “Innovative Development of MBBS Program for International Students”, Hao Xishan, former president of Tianjin Medical University and an incumbent academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering, based on the experience of the development of international medical education in Tianjin Medical University, proposed that innovation and development should be multi-layered with progress at the same pace: We must pay attention to improving the teaching level of teachers and strengthening clinical practice and the construction of practice bases at the same time to continuously improve the clinical skills of students, so as to promote the overall development of internationalization.
Ian Smith, Vice President of Monash University, delivered a speech entitled “Future -Thinking Education: Developing Enterprising & Enjoyable Students”, focusing on the development of students’ comprehensive abilities under the fourth industrial revolution. According to him, the world is developing in the direction of digitalization and automation. In the future, universities should break the cultural framework, establish an interdisciplinary and intercultural communication system, and use advanced technology and unique advantages to provide students with a training of professional skills that is more modern and close to society.
In his speech entitled “Partnerships at the heart of the UQ's Strategy” , Vice President of the University of Queensland, Mohan Krishnamoorthy, reviewed the friendly cooperation between the University of Queensland and WMU. He said, the cervical cancer vaccine invented by Dr. Ian Frazer of the University of Queensland and Dr. Zhou Jian, a WMU graduate, that provided comprehensive protection for 70% of cervical cancer patients was an important milestone of cooperation between the two universities. He said that cooperation between institutions of higher learning is a theme of the future development of universities and an important factor in promoting social development and reform.
Ke Yang, former vice president of Peking University, delivered a keynote speech entitled “Some Thoughts on Medical Education Reform”, underlining the impact of globalization, marketization and social transformation on medical education. She proposed that medical education reform in colleges and universities should conform to the requirements of the times. By integrating government management, social resources and related disciplines, on the basis of the values of universal health, we should strengthen students’ creativity and competence, and accelerate the comprehensive development of medical education.
In his speech entitled “Signature Innovation and Development of Universities”, President Li Xiaokun introduced the development of medical education, disciplines with unique advantages and characteristics including Ophthalmology and Optometry, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Laboratory Medicine at WMU. According to him, it is necessary to give play to the guiding role of disciplines with unique advantages and characteristics to promote other disciplines to a higher level to form a plateau of well-developed disciplines. We should integrate basic and clinical medicine, research and teaching, domestic and foreign resources. By following WMU’s example in the construction of the discipline of Psychiatry and cultivation of general practitioner, we should develop innovative talent training mode to contribute to health care of mankind.
In addition, Dr. David Heath, President of the State University of New York College of Optometry, Dr. David Finegold, President of Chatham University, and Dr. Han Eunmi, Vice President of Chonnam National University respectively delivered keynote speeches on related topics.
Thematic roundtable discussions hosted by Rome Chiranukrom, Vice President of Chiang Mai University, Thailand, and Dr. Howard Purcell, President of New England College of Optometry, were held on the sideline of the Forum. Presidents of the Macau University of Science and Technology, Jinan University, Kumamoto University, Japan, Hangzhou Medical College, Ningxia Medical University, Tokyo Medical and Dental University, and the French Higher College of Optometry participated in the in-depth discussion and exploration on university’s innovative development and the future of higher education.
Wenzhou Daily’s reporters made a special interview with Ian Smith, Vice President of Monash University, Australia, and Hao Xishan, the former President of Tianjin Medical University and Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, respectively. Wenzhou Evening News and other media also covered the Forum.
Wenzhou Evening News’s Report link: “Chinese-foreign University Presidents Forum” on the future of universities.