Shanghai partnership to build One Health links

Friday 8th May 2020, 4:00pm

The University of Edinburghhas reinforced its commitment to building partnerships with the world’s leading universities by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Shanghai Jiao Tong University. The agreement – which will focus on One Health – was signed by leaders from both institutions.

The Roslin institute lab and lab worker - credit UoE Roslin Institute

One Health is a collaborative, cross-disciplinary approach to world health which recognises the interconnection between people, animals and our shared environment.

The University will work with Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China Merchants Group, and the Hainan government to help the province of Hainan establish a strong One Health force, through research, education and global reach. The MoU will in turn build on Edinburgh’s relationship with Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

Existing collaborations include the China-UK Low-Carbon College (LCC), which creates opportunities for research partnerships and teaching, focusing on low-carbon solutions in China.

The University is a world leader in One Health research, bringing together experts to take a multidisciplinary approach to tackle a range of challenging global issues. One Health can help supplement gaps in clinical medicine, animal medicine, environmental science, public health, and health management.

The MoU was signed by Professor Peter Mathieson, University of Edinburgh Principal and Vice-Chancellor; Professor Moira Whyte, Vice-Principal and Head of the College of Medicine & Vet Medicine; and Professor Jiang Fan, Vice Chancellor, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine. The agreement will allow the University to share its experience and knowledge with colleagues from Shanghai Jiao Tong University as well as learn from them.

The University has many mutually beneficial links with a number of Chinese institutions, including joint educational programmes, exchanges and research programmes. These universities include Zhejiang, Peking, Fudan, Nankai, Tianjin, Xiamen, the China Agricultural University, and Beihang University.

"This agreement underlines the University’s commitment to developing One Health related research and to building our partnerships in China. We firmly believe that solutions to the world’s problems come from working together and are therefore pleased to strengthen understanding and collaboration with Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China Merchants Group and the Hainan government."

Professor Peter Mathieson, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, the University of Edinburgh