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
“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
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
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Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging: http://centeronaging.uams.edu/
Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute: http://www.uams.edu/stephensinstitute/default.asp