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UCLA Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Shandong University School of Public Health in China

Representatives from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health (FSPH) and the Shandong University School of Public Health in Shandong Province, China, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on October 8. The MOU is a symbolic agreement between the two schools to facilitate joint scientific research and training opportunities in global health.

“Shandong University is home to one of the top public health schools in China,” said Dr. Yifang Zhu, acting dean of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. “I greatly look forward to the many ways that our schools can work together to spark new research and training collaborations among our students and faculty to work toward our shared goal of improving public health, and can’t wait to see all that we will accomplish in the years to come.”

Dr. Zhu and Dr. Shixue Li, professor and dean of the Shandong University School of Public Health, signed the MOU in a ceremony attended by representatives from both schools, as well as leadership from across UCLA, including Dr. Ren Sun, associate vice provost of the International Institute. Xian Zhi Lu, scientific consulate counselor for the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Los Angeles, also attended.

Although the MOU was signed this week, the relationship between the schools is not new. Dr. Wei Ma, who earned his PhD in epidemiology at the Fielding School, is a professor and assistant dean at Shandong University School of Public Health, and played a crucial role in the forming of the agreement.

In addition to Drs. Shixue and Fan, the MOU signing was attended by the following Shandong University faculty members and staff:

In addition to Dr. Zhu, UCLA faculty members in attendance included:

The MOU with Shandong University is one of 19 active MOUs between the Fielding School and institutions throughout the world.