From March 12th to 14th, a 15-member delegation from the University of Alberta, Canada led by Dean Dennis Kunimoto of its Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry visited Wenzhou Medical University (WMU). During the visit, a number of agreements on all-round and in-depth cooperation were signed to actively promote a strategic partnership between the two universities.
On March 13th, talks on cooperation were held in the conference room on the fourth floor of Tongxin Building on Chashan Campus, WMU. WMU President Li Xiaokun and Wang Zhenbin, Director of the International Cooperation and Exchange Division of Zhejiang Education Department attended the meeting. The two sides reached consensus on the establishment of the Wenzhou Medical University-University of Alberta International Medical Education Centre, the China-Canada Mental Health Education and Research Cooperation Centre, and matters relating to teacher training and student exchanges. In addition, potentials for the cooperation between the two universities in the training of students in the fields of clinical medicine, psychiatry and stomatology were explored and discussed.
Subsequently, the two sides signed five memorandums of cooperation and agreements. As agreed, the two sides will take their respective advantages in terms of discipline and location to achieve win-win cooperation in medical education, clinical research and construction of featured disciplines.
During the visit, the two sides jointly held the ceremony for the establishment of the WMU-UA Joint institute of Psychiatry and the launching ceremony of the Academician Workstation at the Affiliated Kangning Hospital. Moreover, the two sides jointly held the Sino-Canada Symposium on Mental Health and the Sino-Canada Symposium on Medical Education, focusing on themes including “training of medical students”, “standardized training of residents”, “basic research and clinical transformation of psychiatry”, “digital psychiatry” and “cultivation of psychiatric talents” to explore the development of medical higher education and psychiatry and how to promote medical education in both countries and the exchange and cooperation in the field of cutting-edge technology.
In addition, the delegation also visited the First Affiliated Hospital, the Affiliated Eye Hospital, the Affiliated Stomatological Hospital and Kangning Hospital for academic exchanges in related fields.
Founded in 1908, the University of Alberta is located in Edmonton, the capital city of Alberta, Canada. The university ranks among the top five universities in Canada and is one of the top 100 universities in the world. It was ranked 90th in the QS World University Rankings in 2018, among which the university’s clinical medicine discipline ranks 79th in the world, and its pharmacy and pharmacology disciplines are among the top 50 in the world.