Capital University will launch an exchange program with China’s Guangxi Medical University, allowing both institutions to send students and professors to study and teach at the partnering university for up to two semesters beginning spring 2013.
Capital recently hosted a delegation from GXMU, during which time Capital President Denvy A. Bowman, Ph.D., and GXMU College of Nursing Dean Mo Xue' An, M.D., signed a formal memorandum of understanding that sets the framework for the exchange program. Others in the delegation include the college's associate dean and two additional nursing faculty members. The ceremony took place at 5:30 pm Monday in The Schumacher Gallery, located on the top floor of Blackmore Library.
“By immersing students in cultures different from their own, we broaden their global perspectives and deepen their professional knowledge and skills,” President Bowman said. “These experiences give our graduates a significant advantage when they enter the workforce and help them see firsthand that world cultures are more connected than they are separated.”
During the three-day visit, the delegation visited several local hospitals at which Capital nursing students complete their clinical experiences, met with representatives from Columbus Public Health, and toured some of the city’s cultural attractions. The group also participated in various university activities, including a special welcome reception at 11 am Monday at Reflections fountain; an afternoon presentation from representatives of both universities at 1:30 pm Monday in Schneider Multipurpose Room, located in the Harry C. Moores Campus Center; and the 16th annual Symposium on Undergraduate Scholarship, a showcase of research conducted and presented by Capital’s undergraduate students under the guidance of their faculty mentors, on Wednesday, April 18.
The relationship between Capital and GXMU began in 2010, when Capital’s Department of Nursing hosted Visiting Professor Yong Hong Ke, which led to an exploration of potential opportunities for student and faculty exchange. Last summer, a delegation from Capital, composed of faculty, students and administrators, visited the College of Nursing at Gaungxi Medical University for its first international nursing conference. Since then, conversations have continued, culminating in the establishment of Capital’s newest exchange program.
Capital will send another group to China in May to continue program development with the goal of sending its first students and faculty members to China next spring. Exchanges initially will take place between nursing programs, with the intention of expanding to other disciplines.
GXMU is located in Nanning City, the capital of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, in southern China near the Vietnam border. Established in 1934, GXMU is one of the oldest medical education institutes in China. With a student body of 11,000, GXMU consists of 18 schools and colleges, including the School of Pre-clinical Sciences and the First School of Clinical Sciences, as well as eight affiliated teaching hospitals.
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