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University of Ottawa welcomes new partners from Shanghai university to simulation centre

Ana Gajic, from the Carleton School of Journalism for CFRA News

A delegation from the Shanghai Jiao Tong University School is in town visiting its new partner, the University of Ottawa.

The two signed a partnership last October to develop a joint medical education and research program. For Mayor Jim Watson, this new relationship is one more way to collaborate with China's cities.

"We started our relationship with China in 1999 when we signed a sister cities agreement," Watson said. "It's great to see the development of relations between different parts of China and Ottawa. In this case, a university in Shanghai and the University of Ottawa, which is beneficial to both our cities."

Touring the Ottawa Hospital's Skills and Simulation Centre, Watson and the Shanghai school's delegation witnessed a simulated birth and multiple mock surgeries. Occasionally, fake blood and bodily fluids sprayed the group, making them laugh.

The University of Ottawa's Dean of Medicine, Dr. Jacques Bradwejn, said he's excited about the future of this friendly affair.

"It's a very unique partnership," he said. "We'll be the first to really be global."

Part of the global partnership will include building a joint school in Shanghai, where students will be able to earn a dual diploma from the two universities.

Adam Garber, a fourth-year resident at the Ottawa Hospital's Civic Campus, said this is a natural next step in the study of medicine.

"There is a need for the sharing of resources, a sharing of curriculum and a sharing of academic study so that we can better study the whole area of simulation," Garber said. "If it crosses provinces, it should certainly be crossing nations." The program is calling for a joint investment of $2M over five years to fund the research and education portions.

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