From December 8 to 15, 2023, FENG Yuelin, Vice President of Chongqing Medical University, led a CQMU delegation to Heidelberg University and Erasmus University.
During her visit to Germany, Professor Feng engaged in discussions with Professor WENG HongLei from Heidelberg University Medical Faculty Mannheim regarding research collaboration, personnel exchange and joint student training. She experienced firsthand the advanced international medical laboratory, which employed an efficient management system based on online reservations, equipment sharing and smooth operation for all large-scale instruments.
The delegation visited the Chinese Consulate General in Frankfurt, and were warmly welcomed by LIN Changqing, Director of the Education Department at the Consulate General. Prof. Feng gave an overview of the university's history and the purpose of this visit. Lin expressed strong support for the cooperation in education and healthcare between CQMU and German institutions such as Frankfurt University and Heidelberg University. He also recommended experts from the Medical Faculty Mannheim to further strengthen collaboration with CQMU.
While visiting the Netherlands, Professor Feng engaged in discussions with various experts and leaders, including Professor Jeroen Van from the Institute of Health Policy and Management and Director of the Training Center at Erasmus University, Professor Andre Uitterlinden from the Erasmus University Medical Center, and Mr. Raoul Tan, an advisor to the board, which encompassed the topics of research collaboration, student exchange, and teacher training. Following the meetings, the delegation conducted a tour of the Erasmus University Medical Center, acquiring valuable insights into the hospital's mentor-based training system and the progress of establishing a research-oriented affiliated hospital.
This visit has strengthened the collaborative ties between CQMU and esteemed institutions in Germany and the Netherlands, establishing a solid foundation for extended partnerships in education and exchanges, especially in clinical medicine and public health.
Heidelberg University is one of the oldest universities in Germany, having been founded in 1386. In the 2023 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, it was ranked 42nd. Over the years, 56 Nobel Prize laureates and 19 Leibniz Prize winners have been affiliated with the university through studying, teaching, or researching there. Medical Faculty Mannheim at Heidelberg University, established in 1388, is one of the oldest medical schools in Germany and the oldest in Europe. Heidelberg University's medical program has consistently secured the top spot in Germany and ranked 36th globally for five consecutive years, according to the 2021 Times Higher Education World University Rankings by subject.
Erasmus University is a highly regarded institution in the Netherlands with a strong focus on practical education. It is recognized for its excellence in teaching and research and is ranked 65th in the 2023 U.S. News World University Ranking. The Erasmus University Medical School is consistently one of the top-ranked medical schools in the Netherlands, with its clinical medicine discipline ranked 34th globally and public health ranked 19th worldwide. Additionally, its School of Management is one of the leading business schools in Europe. It conducts research in areas such as public health management, healthcare operations management, medical decision-making, and behavioral operations.