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Chinese Delegation Impressed by UAMS 2018-01-05T09:15:53+00:00

APRIL 13, 2006 | A Chinese delegation on a four-day tour of Arkansas came away impressed by the educational, patient care and research resources at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).


The seven-member group from the Shandong Province in eastern China visited UAMS on March 28 as part of a tour of the state’s government, commercial and educational sights. While on campus, they visited the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute and the Arkansas Cancer Research Center.


“I am deeply impressed by what I see here,” said delegation leader Tiezhu Hao, vice chief of science, education, culture, hygiene and sports for the Committee of Shangdong Province, through an interpreter. “Its advanced level of medicine is known all over the world.”


Added John Chen, of Ameri-Can Interconnet International Inc. of New York, who coordinated the visit: “We want to work with the school to promote more cooperation between the university, the state and the province.”


Following tours of the Institute on Aging and the Spine & Neurosciences Institute, the delegation had lunch in the Betsy Blass Boardroom at the ACRC. There, James Raczynski, Ph.D., dean of the Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health, Kent Westbrook, M.D., founder of the ACRC and a distinguished professor in the UAMS College of Medicine, Jay H. Menna, Ph.D., professor and associate dean for undergraduate education in the College of Medicine, and Lawrence Cornett, director of the biomedical research-focused Arkansas INBRE at UAMS, spoke to the group about their respective programs.


Each presentation prompted questions from delegation members ranging from enrollment figures and faculty size to public/private funding for the programs. The Chinese visitors also asked about how foreign students can enroll at UAMS.


“It was a very positive visit as they are interested in establishing contacts in programs they would like to model,” said Cherry Duckett, director of governmental affairs at UAMS, who escorted the delegation around the UAMS campus.


The group departed UAMS for a visit to information technology company Acxiom as part of their tour of the state. Other tour stops included the Clinton School of Public Service, State Capitol, and headquarters of Tyson and Wal-Mart.


“Because we are in a global society, these exchanges with China can be useful to us as well because we can learn from each other,” said Joyce Wroten, vice president for University Relations in the University of Arkansas System, who coordinated the group’s visit. “The delegation was overwhelmed with the friendliness and the way that Arkansans welcomed them.”  

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Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging:


Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute: http://www.uams.edu/stephensinstitute/default.asp


Arkansas Cancer Research Center: http://www.acrc.uams.edu/


Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health: http://www.uams.edu/coph/


UAMS College of Medicine: http://www.uams.edu/COM/default.asp


Arkansas INBRE: http://brin.uams.edu/default.asp


Clinton School of Public Service: http://clintonschool.uasys.edu/


University of Arkansas System: http://www.uasys.edu/