Chinese funding stimulates international collaboration
Funding from the China Scholarship Council (CSC) helps many Chinese students travel abroad to study at Queen’s and other foreign universities, and the collaborations often produce exceptional results.
Fudan University doctoral candidate Huan Jin recently came to Queen’s as a visiting research student to complete a term of study in her PhD program, receiving scholarship funds to study with Dongsheng Tu, Queen’s professor of community health and epidemiology. In 2011, the pair published their research on breast cancer treatments in the high-profile Journal of Clinical Oncology.
“I was exposed to a new and outstanding environment of statistical applications, especially in clinical trials,” says Dr. Jin, who now works as a biostatistician for a pharmaceutical company in China. “I also had the opportunity to experience a different culture, and made some good friends.”
Dr. Jin chose to study at Queen’s after meeting Dr. Tu at a conference in Shanghai in 2008.
“The collaborative structure the China Scholarship Council encourages produces innovative research projects and builds strong international partnerships,” says Principal Daniel Woolf. “The CSC helps researchers here and overseas expand their program capacities and test the limits of what can be achieved.”
The China Scholarship Council provides funding for research visits, or full degree programs. In 2009, Queen’s signed an agreement with the CSC, which allows the University to be a destination for study by CSC-funded students.
Queen’s and Fudan University, partners since 2000, recently renewed several agreements, including visiting faculty exchanges, exchange of undergraduate and graduate students and the opportunity for a Global Development Studies semester in Shanghai. Queen’s became the first Canadian university to open an office in China in 2007.