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Published on : Sep 14, 2015

Swansea University Medical School recently hosted the 2nd China-UK Medical Forum, with support from Swansea missionary. Swansea University is aiming to build an ever stronger association with China, the world’s most populous nation. Recently, a medical school of Swansea University hosted the 2nd China-UK Medical Forum at Singleton Campus. The 2nd China-UK medical forum provides opportunities to the experts from China and UK to exchange important medical knowledge. The relationship between the Welsh University and China dates back to 1866, when Wuhan Union Hospital was founded by Rev Dr Griffith John, almost 20 years before the invention of the motor car.

Swansea-born Griffith John, was 14 years of age when he started giving lectures at the Ebenezer Congregational Church in Swansea. At 16, he became a preacher. Later, Griffith John agreed to accept an invite from London Missionary Society to receive an appointment to China with Margaret, his first wife, making the journey to Shanghai in September 1855. John would serve China by establishing colleges, schools, and hospitals. At the end of 2014, members of Swansea University were a part of the launch of Swansea-Wuhan medical center that was inaugurated at the Wuhan Union Hospital. The Center is planning to promote education on life science research and clinical research and build staff and students education partnerships through annual Medical Forum, publications, China-UK Medical Association, and other collaborative projects. 

According to the professor Iwan Davies, the Pro Vice Chancellor at Swansea University, Swansea University has a global recognition and they plan to follow an internationalization strategy to develop partnerships with developed educational institutions. Professor Iwan Davies further said that overseas partnership and partners will play a crucial role towards their goal of becoming a successful University. Overseas partners will benefit the staff, students, and research activities, added Iwan. Wuhan Hospital and Morriston and Singleton in Wales, are planning to get engaged in clinical collaboration