From Feb.2nd to Feb.8th, a delegation from Wenzhou Medical University (WMU) visited University of Western Australia (UWA), MonashUniversity (MU), University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and its affiliated medical research institutions. After in-depth discussions about cooperation in General Practice, joint doctoral programs, reciprocal visits of scholars, student exchange, and research collaboration, the delegation and the Australian universities reached consensus on a series of cooperation arrangements and signed relevant cooperation agreements. Members of the WMU delegation led by President Lu Fan also included related personnel of its Office of International Exchange & Cooperation, Graduate School, RenJi College, the First Affiliated Hospital and the Second Affiliated Hospital.
First stop of the delegation’s visit was the University of Western Australia. Located in the State of Western Australia, the friendly state of Zhejiang Province in Australia, UWA is one of the eight leading universities in Australia and is ranked among the top 100 universities in the world. On the basis of fully understanding the similarities and differences in medical education and development between China and Australia, the two sides reached consensus on expanding cooperation in General Practice faculty and student training, joint doctoral program in foot and ankle medicine, and research collaboration in ophthalmology & optometry. During the visit, delegation members also visited UWA’s Lions Eye Institute and its affiliated hospital. At the invitation of the Lions Eye Institute, President Lu gave a lecture on the research of xerophthalmus and had academic discussions with UWA eye specialists. For another major event of the visit, the delegation also attended the First Australia-China Conference on Science &Technology and Innovation held in UWA. During the conference, President Lu Fan delivered a keynote speech entitled “Development of China’s Medicine and Medical Science & Technology Through the Example of WMU”. The speech was widely acclaimed by the participating medical experts from both Australia and China.
When visiting Monash University, the delegation and MU signed an agreement on cooperation in the standardized training of general practitioners and reached cooperation intention in summer holiday student exchange program, joint doctoral program, research collaboration and joint holding of international seminarsetc. During the visit to the University of Queensland and Queensland University of Technology, the delegation held talks with the host universities on matters relating to short-term exchange programs for students, joint doctoral programs and joint holding of international seminars as well as cooperation in scientific research, laying a solid foundation for implementing such programs in the future.