May 21st to 22nd, the 1st HUST-Marburg University Day was held at Tongji Medical College. This event was one of the largest events organized by Marburg University in Chinese universities. Prof. Dr. Renz, Dean of the Medical School of Marburg University, led a 12-member delegation to the event. The two sides held interscholastic strategic dialogues, Intercollegiate Agreement Signing Ceremony and Inaugural Ceremony on the Joint Sino-German Research Lab for Natural Drugs, Awarding Ceremony of visiting professor, alumni reporting, Faculty Bridge & Scientific Symposium and Marburg Promotion Lecture. More than 1,000 teachers and students participated in these activities.
On the morning of May 21, the opening ceremony of the University Day was held in the Academic Reporting Hall of Tongji Medical College. Prof. An Rui, Vice Dean of Tongji Medical College chaired the opening ceremony.
Vice President of HUST, Party Secretary and Dean of Tongji Medical College, Prof. Chen Jianguo made a speech for the opening ceremony and expressed their warm welcome and heartfelt thanks to the delegation of the University of Marburg. After reviewing the history of the exchanges between the two universities, he pointed out that The University of Marburg is one of the most cooperative German universities, a key university for exchanges between HUST and German Universities, and it’s our great honor to co-hold University Day with the University of Marburg. He emphasized that this event is an important measure for our university to further promote exchanges with Germany, which assumes the heavy task of internationalization and constructing “double first-rate” university. He hopes experts of both sides can make full use of this opportunity to make an in-depth discussion, explore the potential of cooperation, and push it to a new height.
Prof. Renz said that he is very honored to jointly hold the University Day activities with HUST. The friendship between the two schools has been established for more than 20 years. He is eagerly looking forward to the future cooperation between the two sides in scientific research, key disciplines and other aspects. Prof. Renz introduced medical school of the University of Marburg, and Prof. Keusgen, Dean of the School of Pharmacy of the University of Marburg introduced the general situation of the School of Pharmacy.
Afterwards, representatives of the two sides had a heated strategic dialogues. Prof. Hu Yu, Dean of the Union Hospital, Prof. Zhang Yonghui, Dean of the School of Pharmacy, Prof. Liao Xiaofei, Director of the International Exchange Office, and Dong Weiguo, Director of the Graduate Office, all delivered constructive suggestion for promoting the bilateral exchanges.
Prof. Zhang Yonghui and Prof. Keusgen signed the letter of intent for the Joint Sino-German Research Lab for Natural Drugs. The two schools of pharmacy are willing to conduct comprehensive cooperation and build world-class drug R&D laboratory on the premise of mutual benefits. Prof. Chen Jianguo and Prof. Renz jointly inaugurated the " the Joint Sino-German Research Lab for Natural Drugs."
Prof. Diethard Gemasa, a famous immunology professor in Marburg University, was awarded the title of Guest Professor by Dean Prof. Chen Jianguo on behalf of Tongji Medical College. In the alumni reporting section, Prof. Feng Xinwei, 95 years old, played ‘Beethoven Symphony No.9’and ‘Minuet’ with harmonica on site.
During this HUST-Marburg University Day, the school of pharmacy hosted 2018 International Conference on Synthetic Biology. Dean Chen Jianguo and Prof. Keusgen delivered opening speeches for the Conference. Professors form Marburg University, Chinese Academy of Sciences and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore gave their academic presentations respectively.
At the Marburg University Promotion Lecture, Prof. Gemasa introduced academic characteristics and campus culture of UMR. Prof. LI Shuming and two teachers from foreign affairs office of Marburg University also interacted with students and presented them special gifts.
In the afternoon, the two affiliated hospitals, Union Hospital and Tongji Hospital, also held the academic seminar at the same time. In Tongji Hospital, experts and professors on both sides discussed in respiratory, infection, internal medicine, nephropathy and other professional fields while others in union hospital discussed in hematologic oncology and orthopedics.
On the morning of May, 22, delegation of Marburg University and experts from Union Hospital took in-depth communication and exploration in blood tumors, cardiovascular and renal diseases, infection and immunity, trauma and orthopedics, pediatrics, and pharmacy, etc by special reports, case discussions and other forms.
Marburg was founded in 1527. It has trained 11 Nobel Prize Winners with 4 of them majored in medicine. Marburg University is one of the earlier German universities who cooperate with Tongji Medical College, and three intercollegiate agreements were signed since 1998.