LMU – China Academic Network
4th Scientific Forum

22-24. November, Peking University

LMU – China Academic Network
4th Scientific Forum

22-24. November, Peking University

China’s top universities to attend LMU Scientific Forum at PKU

The 4th Scientific Forum to be held under the auspices of the LMU China Academic Network (LMU-ChAN) takes place on 22-24. November at Peking University (PKU). High-ranking scientists from the leading Chinese universities will attend the event and engage in an interdisciplinary dialog with their German and international colleagues. Some 150 researchers in the life sciences, geological and environmental sciences, economics and social sciences will present and discuss their latest findings at the meeting.

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A new generation of Chinese physicians

Last summer Feng Hao completed his doctoral thesis at LMU – as one of nearly 300 Chinese graduates who have done so since 2006, with the help of fellowships from the China Scholarship Council. Now back in Shanghai, he has set up the first LMU Alumni Association in China – which already has 530 members.

Dr. Feng Hao is used to long workdays. As an academic surgeon specializing in digestive oncology, he regularly operates on cancer patients in Shanghai Ruijin Hospital, which is affiliated to Shanghai Jiao Tong University, School of Medicine. His evenings are devoted to his research on cancer in his laboratory at the University, which he often leaves late at night. His research focuses on the search for more effective ways to treat hepatocellular carcinoma and colorectal cancer liver metastases. In addition, he is supervising a comparative study of the organizational structures of Chinese and German hospitals, which is now underway at the China Hospital Development Institute. Here, the idea is to identify salient differences in management structures and quality control, and to assess their impact with a view to improving efficiency and enhancing outcomes. Feng strives to create synergies by means of information transfer and dialog. “If we are willing to learn from each other, we can achieve more,” he says. This is an attitude that he developed during his time in Germany, and it is an integral part of his approach to his profession.

Surgery – a German story

Feng worked for four years, as surgeon and researcher, in the Faculty of Medicine at LMU. During this period, he not only honed his skills as a surgeon but also focused more on research than before. His decision to do a PhD at LMU was an easy one. “LMU is certainly one of the best universities in the world, and Medicine at the University, as in Germany as a whole, is very highly developed,” he says. Indeed, the significant role played by German doctors in the development of surgery was another reason why he decided to undertake further training in Munich. “German surgeons and researchers have made important contributions to the field, and there is much we could learn from them. Many Chinese physicians such as Prof. Qiu have brought German know-how back to China and this has contributed greatly to the development of modern medicine in the country.”

“Munich is not like Beijing or Shanghai”

Feng has fond memories of Munich. “In Munich I had the opportunity to do my doctoral studies under ideal conditions. The University and Klinikum Grosshadern are very well attuned to the needs of Chinese students, and I could always count on support and advice whenever I had questions on formal and organizational issues relating to my doctoral work,” he says. Nor has he forgotten the cultural richness of the city and the quality of life it offers. “Munich is not like Beijing or Shanghai. For me, the city was at once old and young. On the one hand, you have the old buildings and the imprint of so much European history, and on the other, the openness and security of a young, modern and relaxed city. Everybody speaks English. It‘s an international, an inspiring city. For anyone who is interested in European culture, or wants to experience life in modern Munich is the perfect base.”

An Alumni Network for the Benefit of China

In addition to performing operations and conducting research, Feng has also found time to form the first Chinese Alumni Association, which now brings together 530 people who have studied at LMU. Feng is convinced of the value of knowledge transfer. He firmly believes that it is the only means of promoting progress beyond the limits of individual disciplines and countries. This was one reason why he founded the first Association of LMU Alumni in China, and within weeks 530 Chinese graduates of LMU had joined it. Feng’s initiative has nothing to do with commercialization; he has no desire to extract any “economic benefits” from the Association’s membership. Feng’s only concern is to stimulate the further development of modern medicine in his homeland. By pooling the lessons learned at LMU, he and his colleagues wish to apply their fund of knowledge for the benefit of China.

The Joint LMU-China Scholarship Council (CSC) Doctoral Program for Young Chinese Academics

In cooperation with the CSC, LMU offers highly talented junior academics from China the opportunity to undertake doctoral studies in Munich under the supervision of renowned professors. Almost 300 Chinese graduate students have obtained doctoral degrees at LMU since 2006.  The closing date for applications for this calendar year is 15 February 2018.

LMU Scientific Forum 2018 at PKU

A high-ranking delegation from Peking University (PKU), led by Professor LIN Jianhua, visits LMU for talks on the upcoming LMU Scientific Forum 2018

Every year, as part of LMU’s China Academic Network (ChAN), researchers from China’s leading universities meet with colleagues from Germany and elsewhere at an international Scientific Forum. The main goals of the event are to discuss topics of common interest, develop new collaborative ventures, and further interdisciplinary dialog between China and Germany. This year’s Scientific Forum will take place at Peking University (PKU) on November 22-24.

A high-ranking delegation from the PKU visited LMU earlier this year to discuss plans for Scientific Forum in Peking, and to explore ways of strengthening cooperation between the two renowned institutions. The visitors were led by Prof. LIN Jianhua, who had a high-level meeting with LMU President Prof. Huber and Prof. van Ess (Vice-President for International Affairs). Meanwhile, senior LMU academics representing the faculties of Medicine, Physics and Geophysics, Life and Social Sciences, together with leading members of the University’s administration, met with their Chinese colleagues in the Senate Chamber.

The program was tightly organized and highly informative. Their hosts provided the Chinese delegation with a short introduction to LMU. Prof. Dr. Reinhard Hickel, Director of the University’s Dental Hospital, gave a brief outline of the activities of the Faculty of Medicine. In his reply, Prof. ZHANG Pingwen, Director of the new Office of Academic Affairs at PKU, spoke about his institution’s new organizational structure and its priority areas. One of the latter focuses on Clinical Medicine, which will be concentrated in the new PKU Health Science Center. In addition, PKU intends to place special emphasis on Regional Studies, which will be closely entwined with the State-supported One Belt, One Road Initiative. With the establishment of new interdisciplinary research centers as part of its “Double First-Class Plan”, PKU’s aims to consolidate its position as one of the world’s leading universities and to create optimal structures for internationally oriented research. After these formal presentations, the two sides had the opportunity to exchange views and discuss matters of mutual interest in face-to-face conversations.

The process is now underway, and further talks between PKU and LMU are planned, with a view to setting up a framework for, and defining the content of the Scientific Forum to be held in Peking in November.