To expand its advantage in education to the field of health and cultivate top-notch medical and health personnel, ECNU hosted the Inauguration Ceremony of the Health Science Center and the Academic Symposium on Innovation and Development of Medical Education under the New Challenge of Public Health Security on May 23 on its Zhongbei Campus. Guan Youfei, an internationally renowned expert in kidney, metabolic, and cardiovascular diseases, serves as the center’s honorary director.
The Inauguration Ceremony of the Health Science Center
The Center will focus on forging a “new medicine” education system that gears to health and the prevention and treatment of major and special diseases and on establishing institutes of basic medicine, clinical medicine, transfer medicine, and public health.
ECNU will develop its medical science and the related health disciplines in three steps.
First, it will concentrate on basic research in relevant fields that support the development of the medical discipline and establish a health science center.
Second, aiming at the overall development of the medical discipline, it will put in solid effort to strengthen the medical discipline and other relevant interdisciplinary disciplines, gather top-notch medical talents, and basically complete the layout of the medical discipline within two to three years.
Third, within another two to three years, it will establish its own medical college and bring in more quality affiliated hospitals. In this way, it will make its due contribution to medical education and public health governance in China, cultivate medical talents urgently needed by society, and basically form the disciplinary and management systems featuring the integration of research, clinical practice, application, and scientific achievement translation.
School leaders and invited guests deliver speechs.
According to Guan Youfei, the Health Science Center will adhere to a high standard of development, prioritize the cultivation of top-level personnel, and promote the construction of the medical discipline from the top down and in a steady manner. It will consist of four centers: centers of basic medicine, clinical medicine, transfer medicine, and public health, as well as some research centers, and affiliated hospitals.
The center's honorary director Guan Youfei delivers his speech.
At the meeting, Pan Zhaohui, Party head of Wuhu City, He Dong, Vice Mayor of Wuhu City, Mei Bing, Chair of the ECNU University Council, and Qian Xuhong, President of ECNU, unveiled the plaque to mark the opening of the ECNU-affiliated Wuhu Hospital. Also unveiled were ECNU-SHUTCM (Shanghai University of Traditional Medicine) Modern Institute of Advanced TCM Study, ECNU-ECS (East China Sanatorium) Brain & Behavior Research and Assessment Center, ECNU-ECS Medical Image & AI Research Center, ECNU-affiliated Psychological Health and Rehabilitation Medical Research Center, and ECNU-affiliated Children’s Early Development Center. The university also signed a strategic cooperation agreement in the field of Internet Medicine with Intelligent Tech.
The plaque to mark the opening of the ECNU-affiliated Wuhu Hospital is unveiled at the meeting.
ECNU-SHUTCM (Shanghai University of Traditional Medicine) Modern Institute of Advanced TCM Study is also unveiled.
ECNU-ECS (East China Sanatorium) Brain & Behavior Research and Assessment Center and ECNU-ECS Medical Image & AI Research Center are unveiled.
ECNU-affiliated Psychological Health and Rehabilitation Medical Research Center and ECNU-affiliated Children’s Early Development Center are unveiled.
At the ceermony a total of six affiliated institutions and centers are unveiled.
According to Lei Qili, ECNU President Assistant and Director of the university’s office for medical college preparation, ECNU had done a lot of fundamental work for the founding of the Health Science Center. In May 2019, ECNU signed an agreement with the Changning District Government on the joint development of the ECNU-affiliated Maternal and Child Care Service Center and Mental Health Center. In March 2020, the major “Hearing and Speech Rehabilitation” was approved by the Ministry of Education, becoming the university’s first medical major at the undergraduate level.
Meanwhile, the Academic Symposium on Innovation and Development of Medical Education under the New Challenge of Public Health Security was also hosted. A number of renowned medical experts were invited to serve as members of the consultation commission of the Center, including Huang Qifan, Vice Director of China Center for International Economic Exchanges, Ke Yang, former Vice President of Peking University, Shen Hongbing, Academician and President of Nanjing Medical University, Professor Gui Yonghao, Executive Vice President of Fudan University and president of Shanghai Medical College of Fudan University, Chen Guoqiang, Academician, Vice President of Shanghai Jiaotong University, and Dean of the School of Medicine, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Ning Guang, Academician and President of Ruijin Hospital, Shanghai Jiaotong University School of Medicine, and Jiang Hualiang, Academician from Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica. They discussed the missions and responsibilities of cultivating medical and health talents in the new era centering around the three major themes of medical education and reform against the background of new medicine, opportunities and challenges in the field of public sanitation and health, and Internet medicine and hospitals in the future.
A number of renowned medical experts are invited as members of the consultation commission of the Health Science Center.
Huang Qifan, Ke Yang, and Chen Guoqiang made keynote speeches entitled “The coronavirus pandemic promotes new development in China’s public health research and education”, “Medical education as I see it”, and “Some thoughts against the pandemic: responsibilities and missions of medical and health sciences” respectively. Shen Hongbing, Tang Jinling, Professor emeritus in epidemiology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Liu Ping, First-grade Inspector from Shanghai Municipal Bureau of Justice, and Guan Youfei delivered excellent speeches on some of the frontier and hot issues in their fields of research.
A series of themed keynote speeches are made by invited guests and experts.
City officials of Shanghai meet with the consultation commission of the Health Science Center before the ceremony.
Many academicians and experts at home and abroad attended the meeting and symposium either online or offline. Also present was Shanghai vice mayor Zong Ming. The School of Medicine, Imperial College London sent its congratulations in the form of a video.
Source: Office for Medical College Preparation
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