On March 16th, 2018, SCU’s West China School of Public Health and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health held a formal ceremony in Beijing to mark the signing of a Memorandum of Cooperation between the two schools. As a representative of SCU, Li Xiaosong, Dean of West China School of Public Health, signed the memorandum, while Michelle A. Williams, Dean of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health acted as signatory on behalf of her school.
The memorandum primarily specified plans for the two sides to cooperate in establishing a health data tracking system, carrying out joint research on various challenges related to reforming China’s health care system, and promoting student and faculty exchanges between the two schools.
The present cooperative partnership was initiated by Dr. Winnie Yip, Professor of Global Health Policy and Economics in the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Yip has established a wide network of contacts with research institutes and schools of public health at major Chinese universities, including the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and Fudan University so as to make optimal use of shared strengths and resources in promoting the development of China’s health care sector.