Hawaii, China will exchange academic opportunities

MANOA (KHNL) - The University of Hawaii at Manoa and the Wuhan University in China will share experts and training opportunities for the next five years.

UH Vice Chancellor Gary Ostrander and Wuhan University President Jing Nan Liu have signed an academic exchange agreement for public health studies.

The five-year agreement includes student and faculty exchange, the development of joint doctoral programs, an executive training program for Chinese Public Health leaders and joint research projects.

Two UH professors are teaching courses in epidemiology and biostatistics this summer in Wuhan and three UH students are completing practical training programs in China.

Three Chinese students and one faculty member will be coming to Hawaii this fall.

Jay Maddock, Director of the UH Medicine school's Office of Public Health Studies, say global collaboration is needed to address emerging public health problems.

"In my view, China-US collaborations are one of the most important for worldwide health," said Maddock.

Wuhan University is continually ranked among the top five universities in China.