President Liang Guiyou Led a Delegation to Australia and New Zealand for Academic Exchange

Liang Guiyou, Deputy Secretary of the Party Committee and President of GMU, led a delegation to Australia and New Zealand for academic exchange on October 9-16, 2019, in order to promote the international exchange of GMU, expand the cooperation channels, strengthen the cooperation and exchanges between GMU and relevant universities and medical institutions in Australia and New Zealand in terms of academic exchanges, talent training, teaching and scientific research, establish the substantive cooperative relations, and pay a return visit to the collaborating institutions. The accompanying persons included Li Haiyang, Member of the Party Committee of GMU and Director of the Affiliated Hospital of GMU, Guo Bing, Director of Division of the Science and Technology, Gong Min, Deputy Director of the Division of International Relations, Chen Zhenghong, Director of the Teaching and Research Office of Microbiology from School of Basic Medical Sciences, Hu Pingsheng, Director of the Clinical Research Center of the Affiliated Hospital of GMU, and Liu Qi, Director of the Department of Gastroenterology of the Affiliated Hospital of GMU.

The delegation successively visited the University of Western Australia (UWA), Perth Children’s Hospital, Edith Cowan University (ECU) and University of Technology Sydney (UTS) in Australia, and Royal New Zealand College of Urgent Care (RNZCUC) in New Zealand, etc.

First of all, the delegation held a symposium at the University of Western Australia (UWA) with Tayyeb Shah, Vice President of UWA in charge of global cooperation, Professor Barry Marshall, the winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, and Grant Morahan, Director of the Diabetes Research Center of the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research. Liang Guiyou and Tayyeb Shah signed a formal cooperation agreement between the two universities at the symposium. The two parties have stated that they will cooperate in a wider range of fields such as scientific research, teacher training and student training in the framework of this cooperation agreement. Liang Guiyou has expressed his hope that UWA can continue to vigorously support GMU which will also support the Marshall team in jointly conducting the joint intestinal microecological experiment of Helicobacter pylori and jointly promote the scientific research results between the two universities. The delegation visited the campus of UWA, the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, the Marshall Center for Infectious Disease Research and Training, and the Perth Children’s Hospital after the symposium. It is the first visit to UWA after the two sides carried out the scientific research cooperation in 2015.

The delegation visited the campus of Edith Cowan University (ECU), and held a symposium with Simon Ridings, Executive Vice President of ECU, Professor Wang Wei, Vice President of ECU, and Professor Moirm Sim, Dean of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. It is the first school-level symposium between the two universities after the Memorandum of Understanding for Cooperation was signed last year. The two universities introduced their history and current situation and the advantages of disciplines respectively at the symposium, hoping to find a cohering interest in the cooperation of the next step. Liang Guiyou has introduced that GMU is known as another PUMC with the first students of “PUMC Class” recruited in September this year, which has attracted the attention of the leaders of ECU. They had a discussion and hoped to take this as a breakthrough point to carry out the joint training of students. They are also willing to train relevant teachers for GMU. Both parties, enthusiastic at the symposium, hoped that they could establish substantive cooperation and exchanges as soon as possible. The delegation visited the laboratory of EUC after the symposium. Rob Newton, a “Scientist of the Year in Western Australia”, introduced the special discipline of ECU - Sports Medicine, the campus and the famous Edith Cowan House.

The delegation held a symposium at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) with Leo Miao Liu, Vice President of UTS and the relevant leaders of the School of International Exchange and the School of Health. Leo Miao Liu introduced the basic situation of UTS to the delegation, and expressed his hope to cooperate with more medical colleges. Liang Guiyou introduced to the participants of UTS the history, current situation and development direction of GMU. He hoped to find cooperation fields and directions with UTS and establish substantial cooperation and exchanges. The delegation also visited the student center, library and the most distinctive teaching building of UTS after the symposium.

The delegation held a symposium at the Royal New Zealand College of Urgent Care (RNZCUC) with Adrian Metcalfe, President of RNZCUC. They learned about the medical system and doctor training of New Zealand, and also propagandized GMU. Li Haiyang has said at the symposium that the Affiliated Hospital of GMU has a national emergency medical rescue team, with the hope to discuss with RNZCUC the cooperation related to how to better train emergency medical personnel. The delegation visited the campus, reception desk, pharmacy, consultation room and operating room of RNZCUC.

Liang Guiyou and his delegation visited the universities and medical institutions in Australia and New Zealand, especially the partner universities of UWA and ECU, laying a foundation for GMU to enhance understanding and broaden the field of cooperation with the partner universities, and providing the platform and bridge of talent training, academic exchanges and cooperative research for the implementation of the “Double First-Class Initiative”, the training of teachers of “Union Class”, the oversea exchange and learning, and the construction of doctoral programs at GMU. A formal cooperation agreement was signed with UWA during the visit, which opened up new ways for our teachers and students to go abroad for training. The visit has vigorously propagandized GMU, raised its international popularity, and promoted its internationalization process.