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UW-Eau Claire, Shanghai's Fudan University sign nursing education agreement

April 19, 2013
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Linda Young, right, dean of UW-Eau Claire's College of Nursing and Health Sciences, met with Hu Yan, dean of Fudan University's School of Nursing, in November when a UW-Eau Claire delegation traveled to China.

EAU CLAIRE — The College of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and the Fudan University School of Nursing in Shanghai have signed an agreement to pursue collaborations in nursing faculty and student exchanges for teaching and research.

The memorandum of intent for educational and scientific collaboration was signed during the April 12-21 trade mission to China led by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, which seeks to cultivate opportunities there for Wisconsin companies. UW-Eau Claire Interim Chancellor Gilles Bousquet is a representative of UW System on the trip.

The agreement was signed by Bousquet; Linda Young, dean of UW-Eau Claire's College of Nursing and Health Sciences; Dr. Gui Yong-Hao, president of Fudan University's Shanghai Medical College; and Hu Yan, dean of Fudan University's School of Nursing.

"This is a groundbreaking agreement between two excellent schools," Bousquet said. "The joint activities that will take place in the months and years ahead will contribute new knowledge and shared expertise to nursing education, a field that is critical to advancing health care and well-being in Wisconsin and China."

The agreement moves forward the work done in November when Bousquet led a UW-Eau Claire delegation on a trip to China to strengthen university partnerships that were in place and develop new partnerships, Young said.

"This is another step for UW-Eau Claire toward fulfillment of our goal to accelerate global learning," said Young, who was a member of the November delegation. "Fudan University was one of the seven universities I visited. Based on faculty input following the trip, this is one university we identified we would be interested in partnering with. This agreement reflects the discussion I had with Fudan University's School of Nursing dean in terms of beginning areas of partnership."

Bousquet credited Young, along with Dr. Jack Jiang, a professor in the UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health, for their work to make the agreement with Fudan University a reality.

"This agreement, signed only five months after Dean Young's fist visit to Fudan, makes official UW-Eau Claire's relationship with one of the most prestigious institutions in China and opens up many opportunities for nursing students and faculty."

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