The International School of Medicine (ISM) of Zhejiang University (ZJU) of China recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Sri Lankan and Australian partners on educational and cultural exchange.
CAMG Lanka (Private) Limited in Sri Lanka and its subsidiary CEC China Education Consultants in Australia entered into the MoU with ZJU-ISM.
The MoU was signed remotely in Colombo (Sri Lanka), Canberra (Australia) and Yiwu (China) represented by Ms Chen Xing, Director of International Affairs of ZJU ISM, Ms. Yang Shiyang and Mr. Seelarathna Senarath, Country Director and Chairman of CAMG Lanka and Mr. Kassapa Senarath, Director CEC China Education Consultants in Australia.
ZJU, founded in 1897, is located in the eastern coastal city of Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang province. As one of the earliest institutions of higher learning in China, ZJU is now a leading research university under the direct administration of China’s Ministry of Education.
Reputed as the ‘Oriental Cambridge’ throughout history, ZJU was always ranked among the top universities in China considering its academic excellence in teaching, research and social service. With a long-standing commitment to research and innovation, ZJU is keen to further collaborations with global partners to expand its services.
Zhejiang University International School of Medicine (ISM) is located in Yiwu city which is famous for the largest wholesale market of consumer goods. The first stage (376,666 sq.m.) of the new campus is scheduled to open in September 2023. When the entire campus is operational, ZJU-ISM will accommodate 1,500 students in various disciplines in 2024. With the combined support of the University and Yiwu government, ZJU-ISM will better serve the national ‘Double First-class’ initiative and deliver the top-quality care the region needs, and transform health professional education in an interconnected world.
The MoU will enable Sri Lankan students as well as Sri Lankan expatriate students in Australia to enrol at Zhejiang University International School of Medicine for higher studies medicine. CAMG Lanka and CEC Australia are planning to obtain scholarships for outstanding Sri Lankan students from ZJU.
ZJU-ISM offers a six – year MBBS degree program in English medium. Students will have the opportunity to work and study as an intern doctor in their last year at the University Teaching Hospital (The Fourth Affiliated Hospital (ZJU4H).
There are a number of Sri Lankan students currently studying MBBS in Zhejiang University. ZJU is one of the only two Chinese universities recognized by the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) for the MBBS qualification. Apart from SLMC, many leading foreign medical councils and boards including in the U.K, Australia, Canada and the U.S.A have recognized the ZJU MBBS qualification.
As China is now open for travel and long stay after three years of COVID isolation, this will be a great opportunity for Sri Lankan students to realise their dream of being qualified in the medical profession from one of the world’s high-ranking universities.