Agreement signed for traditional Chinese Medical Centre at Msida Campus

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Agreement signed for traditional Chinese Medical Centre at Msida CampusShanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and the University of Malta to jointly open a Traditional Chinese Medical Centre.

Prof. Xu Jianguang, President of Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (SHUTCM), and Prof. Juanito Camilleri, Rector of the University of Malta, this afternoon (Tuesday May 19th) signed an historic agreement between the two Universities.

The signing took place at the conference hall of the Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

As a result of this agreement, the two universities will launch a collaborative Master programme in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Culture at the University of Malta.

A Traditional Chinese Medical Centre will be opened at the Msida campus of the University of Malta, which will allow healthcare and medical practitioners who enrol as students, to acquire skills in clinical practice of TCM to complement their theoretical studies.

Professors from SHUTCM practising at the Centre will not only be involved in teaching, but, will also provide clinical services to the general public.

This is the first time that SHUTCM has joined forces with another university and launched a course outside China, and the Centre, run jointly by the two universities, will be the first one of its kind for SHUTCM outside China.

Before the signing ceremony Prof. Xu Jianguang, and Prof. Juanito Camilleri, outlined the background work that took place over the past three years in the run-up to this agreement.

They acknowledged the work of former Minister Mr Reno Calleja, President of the Malta China Friendship Society who suggested this cooperation in 2012 to Madame Zheng Jin, vice director-general of the Bureau, and then facilitated a visit of the Rector and a delegation from the University of Malta to SHUTCM later on that year.

Both Professor Jinguang and Professor Camilleri thanked Mr Calleja for his continuous perseverance to see this agreement come to fruition.

Professor Camilleri, commended the work of the academics from both sides who designed the Master programme: Professor Alfred Vella, Professor Charles Savona Ventura, Professor Joseph Cacciattolo and Professor Anthony Frendo from the University of Malta together with their counterparts from SHUTCM.

He also thanked President Xu Jianguang, and Vice-President Hu Hongyi, for their commitment and leadership to make this cooperation a success. In May 2013, the Minister of Education and Employment, the Hon. Mr Evarist Bartolo, visited SHUTCM with the Rector and Mr Calleja to pledge his support and pave the way for this agreement.

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