Duke Kunshan University Elected as the Chair Institution of Chinese Consortium of Universities for Global Health

The Chinese Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CCUGH) has elected Duke Kunshan University (DKU) as the consortium’s new chair institution in an anonymous vote on August 21st, 2015. As CCUGH’s second chair institution, DKU will serve a term of two years and appoint a new chairperson in November, 2015.

CCUGH was established on November 9th, 2013. Its founding members included (alphabetically) Central South University, Duke Kunshan University, Fudan University, Kunming Medical University, Peking University, Peking Union Medical College, Sun Yat-Sen University, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Wuhan University and Zhejiang University. The chair of founding council was Professor Peilong Liu from School of Public Health, Peking University, and the vice chairs were Professor Shenglan Tang from DKU, and Professor Xu Qian from Fudan University. In 2015, the Third Military Medical University and Dalian Medical University also joined the consortium successively.

The CCUGH aims to build interdisciplinary collaborations and facilitate the sharing of knowledge among Chinese member universities to address global health challenges. It assists members in sharing their expertise across education, research, and service. CCUGH promotes mutually beneficial, long-term partnerships among member universities, developing human capital and strengthening institutions’ capabilities to address these challenges. The CCUGH has held its first annual conference and actively started international outreach since it was founded. For example, it sent representatives to attend the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) Conference in the US and the Prince Mahidol Award Conference in Thailand last year. In the future, it will host global health conferences and activities at home and abroad and develop partnerships with CUGH in promoting the development of global health discipline in Chinese universities.

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