A delegation from the US Thomas University (TU), headed by President Dr. James A. Sheppard and President Huang Tianzhong of TU China Campus, visited Wenzhou Medical University (WMU) on June 21. WMU President Lu Fan and Vice President Cao Jianming held talks on cooperation with the visiting delegation. Officials in charge of relevant matters from WMU’s Office of International Exchange and Cooperation, and the School of Nursing attended the meeting.
At the meeting, the two sides reviewed the achievements of the Joint Undergraduate Program in Nursing, and agreed to further deepen and expand cooperation. President Dr. James A. Sheppard and President Lu Fan signed a supplementary agreement on a joint undergraduate nursing program for international students. As agreed, during the term of cooperation from 2017 to 2027, the Program will enroll students from “Belt & Road” countries as well as Hong Kong SAR and Macao SAR. By exploiting outstanding educational resources of both countries, the Program is aimed to train international nursing professionals with medical skills and management capacity for clinical service, education, management and research in the field of nursing.
Since the launch of the China-US Joint Dual-Bachelor Degree Program in Nursing (Registered Nurse-Bachelor of Science with a major in Nursing) by the two universitiesin 2010,through the introduction of advanced teaching ideas and staff, WMU has effectively upgraded its nursing discipline’s level of internationalization in addition to building up rich experience in China-US exchange and cooperation in nursing undergraduate education. Up to now, the Program has produced 180 senior nursing talents with solid professional knowledge and international vision. The Program was enlisted in January, 2017 as a candidate for the first batch of joint educational model programs by the Zhejiang Provincial Department of Education.
During the visit, the delegation also participated in the ceremony celebrating the awarding of degrees conferred by TU for the Class 2017 of the Joint Undergraduate Program in Nursing.