Public Relations  >  News Center  >  News Releases  >  May 2016  >  May 26, 2016  >  Creighton welcomes 34 students, faculty from five Chinese universities for summer program
Creighton welcomes 34 students, faculty from five Chinese universities for summer program

Thirty-four students and faculty members from five Chinese universities will be making Creighton University their home for the next three months as part of Creighton’s School of Pharmacy and Health Professions third annual China Summer Program.Thirty-four students and faculty members from five Chinese universities are making Creighton University their home for a few months as part of Creighton’s School of Pharmacy and Health Professions third annual China Summer Program.

Members of the Chinese contingent, studying or teaching physical therapy and occupational therapy in the rehabilitation colleges of their respective universities, are part of a growing program and partnership Creighton’s School of Pharmacy and Health Professions has fostered with its rehabilitation counterparts in China.

“We look forward to developing our continuing relationship this summer,” said J. Chris Bradberry, Pharm.D., dean of the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions, as he addressed the Chinese delegation and Creighton students and faculty. “I know we will learn a lot from each other and I know you will make many friends. I hope those relationships will last many years.”

Bradberry and Keli Mu, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy, along with Creighton President the Rev. Daniel Hendrickson, S.J., will comprise the Creighton delegation leaving for China May 26. Creighton’s group will be working at the Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, one of the five Chinese universities represented at Creighton this summer.

The other universities at Creighton this summer are Nanjing Medical University, Fujian University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Hebei Medical University and Kunming Medical University. Each institution was introduced and given time to provide an overview of its group and its university’s history and programs during a welcome reception on May 25.

The China Summer Program continues to spread largely through word-of-mouth at rehabilitation colleges in China and through the experiences Creighton students relate to their Chinese colleagues. Students on both sides of the Pacific Ocean have found the program an enlightening opportunity and one allowing them to integrate Western and Eastern treatments and techniques into their respective education and practice.

This year’s delegation from China is the largest in the history of the China Summer Program.

While at Creighton, students will take part in summer coursework in occupational therapy and physical therapy and go on clinical site visits. Cultural exchange is also a robust element of the program and the Chinese students will share some of their traditions while getting exposure to American customs and events, including baseball at the College World Series.

---
Creighton University is a Jesuit, Catholic university bridging health, law, business and the arts and sciences for a more just world.