China Scholarship Council, UNMC renew collaborations

by Matt Mitchell, Asia Pacific Rim Development Program | October 11, 2017

Image with caption: Dele Davies, M.D., senior vice chancellor for academic affairs at UNMC, and Madam Jinghui Liu, general secretary of the China Scholarship Council, sign the renewal agreement on Sept. 22.

Dele Davies, M.D., senior vice chancellor for academic affairs at UNMC, and Madam Jinghui Liu, general secretary of the China Scholarship Council, sign the renewal agreement on Sept. 22.

Last month, a high-level delegation from the China Scholarship Council (CSC) visited UNMC. This delegation included Jinghui Liu, secretary general of the CSC, and Zhixue Dong, director of the North American and Oceania Division of the CSC. 

During their Sept. 22 visit, Madam Liu and Director Dong met with leadership from the colleges, toured the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center, and talked with CSC-sponsored students about their studies and life in Omaha. They met with University of Nebraska President Hank Bounds and discussed ways to strengthen existing collaborations between the CSC and the University of Nebraska.

Jane Meza, Ph.D., interim associate vice chancellor for global and student support at UNMC and UNO, led many of the meetings. "We are excited to renew our highly productive collaboration with the CSC, and we are honored to have Madam Liu and Director Dong visit UNMC to see the fruits of this collaboration first hand," she said.

Their visit culminated in the signing of a renewal agreement between UNMC and the CSC. UNMC and the CSC have collaborated since 2007. Since then, more than 200 CSC-sponsored students and scholars have come to UNMC for training or degree programs. This year alone, 17 CSC-sponsored students started degree programs at UNMC. This signing renews the previous agreements between UNMC and CSC and enables students and scholars to continue to come to UNMC for their training.  

Dele Davies, M.D., senior vice chancellor for academic affairs, represented UNMC at the signing. "Our partnership with the CSC has enabled us to create unique programs between China and the U.S., which have attracted some of the best Chinese students and faculty to UNMC. Through these programs, we have been able to expand UNMC's mission in China, and in the process, improve the research capacity and health care in China and the U.S.," he said.    

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