RMIT to establish new Jiangsu-Victoria Chinese Medicine Centre in Melbourne.
Last week as Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull welcomed Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Canberra, RMIT hosted the Honourable Shi Taifeng, Governor of Jiangsu Province in China and the President of Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine, at our City campus.
The Governor and his delegation were in Melbourne as part of an official visit hosted by the Victorian Government to celebrate the 38th anniversary of its sister-state relationship with Jiangsu – the longest of its kind in Australia.
Two agreements were signed on the day between RMIT and Jiangsu partners, at a ceremony overseen by Premier Daniel Andrews and Governor Shi, including one to establish a new Jiangsu-Victoria Chinese Medicine Centre in Melbourne.
The new centre comes off the success of RMIT’s Chinese Medicine education and research as well as the Chinese Medicine Confucius Institute (CMCI), opened in 2010 by His Excellency Xi Jinping, the Vice President of the People’s Republic of China.
Professor Charlie Xue, Executive Dean of the School of Health and Biomedical Sciences and Director of the CMCI, said: "The proposed centre will strengthen evidence-based Chinese medicine education and research based on 25 years of productive and successful partnership between RMIT and the Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine in the Jiangsu Province."
RMIT has a long history of research and teaching in the field of Chinese medicine, being the first public university outside mainland China to offer a comprehensive undergraduate program.
The new centre will both promote the development of Chinese medicine research and provide Chinese medicine care and services to the community.
The visit highlights RMIT’s strong relationship with China, which has consistently been one of the University's largest international student sources, and a strong research partner. In 2015 there were 165 new students enrolled at RMIT from Jiangsu Province alone.
It also marks an exciting opportunity for RMIT's School of Health and Biomedical Sciences to collaborate with Jiangsu Province and continue to nurture Chinese medicine education and research in Australia.
Story: Ally Forward