On Dec 2nd, 2022, an online meeting was successfully held to promote collaboration between TUSM and the University of Cologne, Germany. Meeting attendees from TUSM include Professor ZHANG Xiaoqing, Party Chief of TUSM, Professor ZHENG Jialin, Dean of TUSM, Professor YANG Wenzhuo, Vice Dean for Undergraduate Education, Professor XU Zengguang, Vice President for Research and Education in the affiliated East Hospital and colleagues from International Education and Cooperation Office, Clinical Teaching Training and Exam Center, Immunology and Pathogen Department and Cardiology Department. Many colleagues from Cologne who are interested in the TUSM’s newly-launched Sino-German Medical Experimental Program attended the meeting as well.
During the meeting, Dean Prof. ZHENG extended an invitation to Cologne colleagues to visit Tongji, have more constructive discussions, and participate in our teaching team, given that the latest COVID-19 situation is improving and international travel restrictions will be lifted in the near future. It is proposed that 1/3 of the faculty be imported through German Partnership to participate in teaching, either on-site or online.
Dr. Huixia SHEN, Director for International Education and Cooperation presented the general information including school history, rankings, affiliated hospitals, research focuses and a blueprint for the construction of a new campus. Dr. WEI Chunlan, Director of Clinical Teaching Training and Exam Center introduced the Undergraduate Education System (curriculum, teaching team organization, and training plan of the Sino-German Medical Program), which was followed by a detailed introduction of cardiology module teaching activities by teaching team at the affiliated East Hospital who made enough preparations for match-making to ensure the follow-up matters were in place.
The Q&A session of the meeting was packed with active discussion from both sides exchanging their opinions about teaching arrangements, student exchange, teaching qualification requirements, joint symposia, goal of the establishment of the Sino-German Program as well as the potential fields of in-depth collaboration. Many topics will be followed up on by different teaching module teams via email exchanges in addition to higher-level leadership engagement. Before the meeting was closed, Party Chief ZHANG reiterated TUSM’s strong desire for collaborative partnership not just in teaching but also in research and clinical service, citing TUSM’s entry into a critical period of rejuvenation and development since its relocation to West Campus. Besides, Sino-German Doctoral School of Tongji University, established this year, has opened up new possibilities for strengthening Sino-German exchanges and cooperation.
It’s mutually agreed, based on current MOU and agreement at the school level, more collaboration possibilities should be detailed and included in the cooperation framework of the university level. Hopefully, more steps will be taken to facilitate mutually-beneficial collaboration and maintain long-term friendship, such as Double-Degree Program for Future Leaders of Global Health or Medicine.
The University of Cologne is a member of the U15, the association of Germany’s leading research-intensive universities, and a member of the Coimbra Group, the oldest and highest-ranked university alliance in Europe. With a long history and excellent international academic reputation, the University of Cologne prides itself on having produced so many talents including Nobel laureates and Leibniz Prize winners. TUSM and Cologne have maintained a stable and cooperative relationship through a series of short-term exchanges of faculty, scholars and students, research projects and joint training of graduate students, particularly in the field of ophthalmology, oncology and cardiology.
Source：International Education and Cooperation Office