Posted on 17 January 2013
The visit includes the first formal event of the University’s 50th Anniversary celebrations - a special reception for York alumni at the residence of Ian Felton UK Deputy High Commissioner in Bangalore, attended by the UK Minister for Public Health, Anna Soubry.
The eight-strong delegation, led by the Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Cantor, includes representatives of the Hull York Medical School and the University’s Departments of Health Sciences, Management, Biology, Chemistry and Electronics. It is focusing principally on building links with medical and nursing schools with a view to establishing formal partnerships on curriculum development and elective modules for medical students as well as joint work in diabetes nursing care.
In Sri Lanka, the York delegation will hold discussions with the University of Colombo about joint research in plant biology and ecology, and student mobility programmes. There will also be a celebration to mark the University’s 50th Anniversary with Sri Lankan alumni.
The Deputy Dean of HYMS Dr David Pearson said: “We shall be talking to medical schools with the aim of establishing mutual learning about curriculum development, training for primary health-care, and student and staff exchange programmes (particularly focused on elective modules for students).
“We also want to develop research opportunities in community and primary care, education and specific specialist areas including metabolic components of cardiovascular disease, immunology, infection and anatomy.”
We shall be talking to medical schools with the aim of establishing mutual learning about curriculum development, training for primary health-care, and student and staff exchange programmes
Dr David Pearson, HYMS
Anne Phillips, who has expertise in international training courses for diabetes care, is discussing potential collaboration between the Department of Health Sciences and Indian nursing colleges.
The Dean of the York Management School Professor Jill Schofield is discussing the health-care management with senior officials in the two states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. She is also discussing research and mobility links with management departments associated with medical and nursing schools.
The Vice-Chancellor is also the guest of honour at a student symposium at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore.
The visit is part of the University's broader approach to developing partnerships with a range of institutions of academic excellence across the world. These global partnerships enable members of the York community – made up of people from over 100 nations – to engage in work, study, research and cultural exchange with international partners both on campus and abroad.