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MSU medical school signs education pact with Chinese university

January 20, 2010

By Jason Cody

In a move that will increase research and medical training endeavors in China and East Lansing, MSU College of Human Medicine has signed a medical education agreement with Zhejiang University.

The agree-ment, signed at a ceremony Jan. 20 at the College of Human Medicine's East Lansing campus, encourages faculty from both universities to visit each other, collaborating on research projects and jointly applying for international grants. The pact also calls for up to six students from each school to study for up to one year at the other site.

"This is an exciting opportunity for our students in expanding their medical education and experiences," said Marsha D. Rappley, M.D., dean of the College of Human Medicine. "China is undergoing massive health care reform, and for our students and faculty to be able to share in that experience and learn from their model will be invaluable."

A four-person Chinese delegation spent the day in East Lansing, learning about the College of Human Medicine's academic programs, touring the Learning Assessment Center. and Biomedical and Physical Sciences building and meeting with MSU researchers on potential collaborations.

"It's very important for our School of Medicine to expand internationally, and this is a historic opportunity for us," said He Haung, associate dean at . "I think the student exchange and faculty partnerships are just the beginning."

Among the highlights of the partnership:

  • MSU faculty will provide training to Zhejiang faculty at both sites to promote curriculum development and use of a common curriculum for those Chinese faculty delivering courses in English.
  • The two schools will create opportunities for collaboration, promoting the faculty of each school to visit the other school for a variety of teaching and/or research activities and professional development.
  • MSU and Zhejiang may send and accept not more than six students each year for education and learning opportunities.

The agreement expands a general partnership MSU signed with Zhejiang University in 2006 on educational training and academic projects.

MSU's focus in China began in 1962, with the creation of the Asian Studies Center for developing and coordinating Asia-related programs. Formal exchange agreements were signed with six Chinese universities in 1980, and a MSU office opened in Beijing in 2006.

Chinese and MSU delegation
Signing a medical education agreement between MSU College of Human 
Medicine and Zhejiang University are (seated L-R) Randy Hillard, MD, 
MSU associate provost for human health affairs, Marsha D. Rappley, MD, 
dean, MSU College of Human Medicine, Dr. He Haung, associate dean, 
Zhejiang University School of Medicine, and Dr. Xiaoe Lou, associate dean, 
Zhejiang University School of Pharmaceutical Sciences. (standing L-R) 
Guozhen Liu, MD, assistant program director, Genesys Regional Medical
Center, Kenneth Steibel, MD, president, medical staff, Genesys Regional
Medical Center, Mark Taylor, president and CEO, Genesys Regional Medical 
Center, Weijun Zhao, PhD, MSU Office of China Programs, Aron Sousa, MD, 
senior associate dean for academic affairs, MSU College of Human Medicine, 
John Molidor, PhD, assistant dean and CEO, MSU College of Flint campus, 
Dr. Hai Yu, Office of International Relations, Zhejiang University.