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University of Sichuan visits the University of Manitoba

Front row (left to right):  Yan Wen, Student, Sichuan University; Barbara Goodwin, Instructor, Nursing Faculty, UofM; Yinyun Wang, Student, Sichuan University; Yanling Chen, Student, Sichuan University; Qian Zhang, Student, Sichuan University; Xiaoxia Song, Student, Sichuan University; Back row (left to right):  Cosette Taylor, Nursing Faculty, UofM; Jinbo Fan, Professor, Sichuan University; Marily Sequire, Nursing Faculty, UofM; Dr. Christine Ateah, Associate Dean, Undergraduate Program, UofM; Professor Hong Chen, Associate Dean, Undergraduate Program, Sichuan University; Dr. Ruth Dean, International Affairs Coordinator, UofM.

From left to right:  Di Wang, Student, Sichuan University; Yanling Chen,  Student, Sichuan University; Yinyun Wang, Student, Sichuan University; Professor Jinbo Fang, Faculty of Nursing, Sichuan University, His Honour Philip Lee, Lieutenant Governor, Province of Manitoba; Her Honour Anna Lee, wife of Lieutenant Governor, Province of Manitoba; Professor Hong Chen, Associate Dean, Undergraduate Program, Sichuan University, Qian Zhang, Student, Sichuan University; Ya Wen, Xiaoxia Song, Student, Sichuan University

The Faculty of Nursing hosted 6 students and 2 professors from Sichuan University in Chengdu Province from China from September 27 until October 10, 2009.

During their stay in Winnipeg, the visitors have a full schedule of visits to health care sites across the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA), have spent a day attending classes with University of Manitoba students, and a day in the Nursing Skills lab.  Highlights include a reception at Government House with the Lieutenant Governor Philip Lee and his wife, numerous social gatherings, and trips to local cultural and historic sites.

Students have been housed with homestay volunteers from the Faculty of Nursing.  They have been enthusiastic about this experience and participating in Canadian family life.

The visit is part of a Student and Faculty Exchange Agreement between the University of Manitoba and Sichuan University.  Twelve students and 2 professors from University of Manitoba visited Chengdu, China in 2008.  A return visit to Chengdu is planned for April 2010.

The Faculty of Nurrsing has been involved with the Faculty of Nursing at Sichuan University (formerly West China University of Medical Sciences) since the late 1980's.  From 1990 until 2001, there were 2 Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) projects involving nursing education.  As a result, Sichuan University if now recognized as one of the leading University Nursing Schools in China.  Several students from Chengdu have graduated from University of Manitoba and returned to administratives roles in China.  Exchange visits for students and faculty and plans for shared research between the institutions moves us closer to the goals of International Co-operation, better awareness of the differences and similarities across cultures, and greater cross-cultural sensitivity. 




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