College of Pharmacy Dean Visits China to Reaffirm Ties with Local Universities
The University of Michigan College of Pharmacy strengthened its relationship with five leading pharmacy schools in China with Dean James Dalton's visit in May 2015. Dean Dalton solidified ties with the schools when they signed a collaborative agreement in 2014. Per the agreement, the Chinese schools identify their top candidates for application to the U-M College of Pharmacy, the College reviews the applications, and makes final admission decisions. Students from the Chinese schools who successfully complete all of the curricular requirements will receive a PharmD degree from the U-M College of Pharmacy.
Partnering schools in China include:
- China Pharmaceutical University
- Fudan University
- Peking University
- Shenyang Pharmaceutical University
- Sichuan University
The goal of the trip was to meet and build relationships with leaders and faculty of the College's partner institutions. Dean Dalton was accompanied by Drs. Duxin Sun and Mike Kraft, who participated in discussions regarding collaborative research and clinical pharmacy education. Dalton toured the schools' affiliated hospitals where he met with Directors of Pharmacy and staff. “It was an eye opening experience for me,” says Dean Dalton. “The level of facilities growth and new technology is staggering. The next step for China is to bring their pharmacy education standards up to the level of their infrastructure.”
Dean Dalton also welcomed four Chinese students who will be joining the PharmD program in the fall. He delivered their traditional College of Pharmacy scarves and posed for pictures. “I was impressed with the caliber of new recruits joining Michigan. Upon graduation and return to China, students from this program will potentially serve as clinical preceptors or faculty at Chinese pharmacy schools,” adds Dalton.
Other highlights for Dean Dalton included bolstering relations with international alumni and current students, as well as an interview with Chinese media.
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