The University of Westminster was chosen to be the overseas partner for the 60th anniversary celebrations of the Traditional Chinese Medicine Exhibition in 2016. The news comes as a result of recent negotiations with a senior group of delegates from Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (SUTCM) who visited the University on 12 June.

The 60th anniversary event will involve a cultural exhibition, a range of cultural activities including classic Chinese films, Tai Chi, wellbeing demonstrations and talks, and an international scientific conference on combating antibiotic resistance using natural products in herbal medicine.

The delegation met Professor Jane Lewis, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology, and Professor Annie Bligh, Head of Department of Life Sciences at Westminster and Visiting Professor at SUTCM, to discuss possibilities for cooperation between the two universities including the forthcoming Exhibition and other joint scholarly activities.

The visit came after signing a Memorandum of Understanding in 2013 supporting staff and student exchange in Chinese Medicine and Biosciences disciplines.

Professor Jane Lewis said: “We are very pleased to be working with colleagues at the Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine on this exciting international outreach project here at Westminster. We are looking forward to hosting a rich cultural and scientific programme to celebrate their 60th anniversary here in London.”

The senior delegation from SUTCM included:

  • Mr Xinghai He,  Vice President, SUTCM
  • Ms Youmei Gu,  Deputy Curator, Shanghai Museum of TCM, SUTCM
  • Ms XiaJin, Deputy Director, Public Relations Office, SUTCM
  • Ms Kun Long, Interpreter, International Office, SUTCM.

Internationalisation is key to the University’s strategic vision and identity. We have extensive connections with universities and industries throughout the world and our Global Engagement Strategy seeks to strengthen and deepen those connections even further. Our international partnerships and teaching support the development of our academic and research portfolios. Experiences that enable our staff and students to operate in an increasingly interconnected, internationalised world are key to our approach.

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