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Faculty from China receive medical and English training at VCU According to the 2016 Open Doors report published by the Institute of International Education, 32% of all foreign student studying in the U.S. are from China. Virginia Commonwealth University is no exception. In particular, VCU has become an increasingly popular destination for international students seeking customized programs to meet specific academic and professional needs.

launch unique and innovative programs that put us on the map, and really get the VCU name out there,” said global outreach director, Emily Ferlis, Ph.D.

Recently, a cohort of faculty from Youjiang Medical University for Nationalities in Guangxi, China participated in a faculty development program which VCU tailored to include medical English instruction through the English Language Program and lectures focused on medical pedagogy through the School of Medicine.

“The first four months of medical English training really prepared us for the lectures at MCV,” said Meijuin Wei, a nurse in the nephrology department at YMUN. “The lectures offered on the medical campus were so interesting and professional. The professors have really connected with us, and opened opportunities for us to do research, which is very helpful.”

“This is one of those rare programs that address all three of VCU’s global priorities,” said VCU senior international officer, R. McKenna Brown, Ph.D. “It engages a significant number of high level practitioners in interactions that highlights the exemplary quality of our institution. Meanwhile, they are sharing expertise and cultural perspectives which is incredibly enriching for our faculty and students.”

Participants in the program benefited significantly from the initial English training component which set the stage for their participation in lectures offered on the MCV campus.

The doctors recognized significant differences between medical pedagogy in the U.S. compared with that of China. “I like the classroom discussions here, because you can mix many opinions when you have that interaction between teachers and students,” said Xiaohua Huang, a neurologist at YMUN. “If you don’t have those discussions, the way you look at the world will be more narrowed. As teachers, we want to give our students the broadest views possible.”

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A magazine created by the Global Education Office featuring stories of how VCU is connecting our students, faculty and staff to the world.

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