03 December 2014

Visit enriches RMIT connections in China

An RMIT delegation has visited China to attend a number of events and meetings in a bid to strengthen partnerships.

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Representatives from RMIT met with the Deputy Mayor of Shenzhen Municipal Government in China.

Led by Professor Peter Coloe, Pro Vice-Chancellor, College of Science, Engineering and Health, the delegation was welcomed by the Shenzhen Municipal Government, as well as staff from the Department of Education and the Department of Health to discuss a potential research and educational collaboration between RMIT and institutions in Guangdong Province and Shenzhen City.

The group from RMIT also included Professor Andrew MacIntyre, Deputy-Vice Chancellor (International) and Vice-President, Prof Charlie Xue, Head, School of Health Sciences, and Dr Tony Zhang, Discipline Head, Chinese Medicine.

The Shenzhen Municipal Government is planning to rapidly expand its higher education sector in the region to address unmet demand as well as to support economic and technological developments.

Through existing connections with universities and hospitals in Shenzhen, RMIT has been engaged in dialogue over the last two years to examine opportunities in the city which is home to 18 million citizens and has the highest GDP per capita in China.

In Guangzhou, Professor Coloe co-chaired the first Centre Advisory Committee Meeting of the China-Australia International Research Centre for Chinese Medicine, with video teleconference links to Centre Advisory Committee members in Beijing, Hong Kong, Sydney and Brisbane.

In Nanjing, RMIT received significant exposure at the Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine (NUCM)’s 60th Anniversary celebration event which attracted over 2,000 delegates from all over the world.

The delegates also attended the Chinese Medicine Higher Education Development Forum; the Chinese Medicine Confucius Institute Council Committee annual meeting; and the Joint-Management Committee Meeting of the newly established Food Sciences Program.

RMIT has partnered with NUCM for the last 21 years to deliver an international clinical internship program (known as iWIL) and to broaden student experience.

The collaboration received an Australian Government Learning and Teaching Citation (ALTC) in 2013, an AsiaBound grant in 2013 and an Asia Mobility grant in 2014.

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