CITCM helps to establish links between London South Bank University and The Southeast University
11 May 2018

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From 8th-9th May 2018, the Confucius Institute for Traditional Chinese Medicine (CITCM) at London South Bank University (LSBU) hosted 2 delegates from the Southeast University (SEU), along with 1 delegate from the Yixing Centre for Disease Control (CDC). The purpose of this visit was to discuss potential research collaboration and exchange practice techniques, in the fields of public health and nursing.

SEU is a public research university located in Nanjing, China, and is ranked among the top 20 research universities in China. Yixing CDC is a professional organization that implements local public health practices and disease prevention techniques.

On the 8th May the delegates met with LSBU representatives including Professor Paul Ivey (Pro-Vice Chancellor), Professor Warren Turner (Pro Vice Chancellor/Dean, School of Health and Social Care), and Professor Lesley Haig (Head of Allied Health Sciences). This meeting provided the opportunity to discuss opportunities for future research and training collaboration in the fields of nursing and public health.The outcome of the meeting was extremely positive and foundations have been laid for future cooperation.

On Wednesday 9th the delegates visited Lambeth Town Hall where they were met by the Lambeth Council councillor along with other members of the council. Dr Ruth Hutt, the Director of Public Health at Lambeth Council, delivered a very informative presentation which explained how Lambeth borough manages their public health strategies.

The delegates also visited the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel. This is an internationally renowned teaching hospital and is part of the Barts Health NHS Trust. The delegates met leads from the community kidney service and received a presentation titled ‘Patient centred care and health education as an example of co-production in UK’.

Professor Liu Tingting, Chinese Director at CITCM expressed that ‘the trip was a huge success and the delegates were very happy with their visit. The meetings with the university provided great hope for positive future collaboration. Likewise the meetings with the council and specialists at the hospital allowed valuable exchange of knowledge which was beneficial for both sides’.

CITCM established the links between LSBU, SEU and Yixing CDC and provided support throughout the duration of the visit. Exchanges such as this are vital for CITCM’s aim to enhance cross cultural communications and engagement in the field of education and research.