Over the last few months the Division of Health Sciences has been working closely with Plympton International College, culminating in the recent signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

Plympton International College is an R-12 public school and the only Chinese bilingual school in South Australia. The College has a number of International students, many from China, enrolled across all year levels. Students at the College have the opportunity from Year 3 to learn 50% of the Australian Curriculum in Chinese (Mandarin) and the remaining 50% in English. As part of the Chinese focus, Plympton International College has sister schools in Jinan, Shandong, with plans to expand with digital sister school relationships with others in the province. These plans align with our Division’s relationship with Shandong University, also based in Jinan.

Plympton International College is currently undergoing major redevelopments with their STEM curriculum. To this end, they have received a large government grant to redevelop their science laboratories into state-of-the-art facilities, providing enormous opportunities for their students.  These new laboratories were officially opened in November this year. The College also has a health laboratory, on a smaller scale to the University’s Horizon Hospital and Health Service, offering a Certificate III in both Health Services Assistance and Allied Health Assistance.

The Division of Health Sciences is very excited to be entering into partnership with Plympton International College. We will be working together to develop opportunities and experiences to enhance student outcomes in the broad field of health, both within the current curriculum framework and through the hosting of visits both at Plympton and UniSA. We look forward to being able to update you as this partnership progresses.

Visit from Zhejiang Pharmaceutical College

The Zhejiang University (ZJPC) is a large multidisciplinary college of approximately 7000 students, teaching Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Engineering, Health Business, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Food Science and Medical Device Engineering. A delegation, led by Vice Chancellor Professor Hui Jin, recently visited a number of Australian universities to explore the potential for future academic and scholarly partnerships; as part of the visit, the School of Pharmacy & Medical Sciences hosted the delegation on 20th November, giving the group an outline of our teaching and research and a tour of our facilities at the UniSA Cancer Research Institute.

Dr Matt Sykes (Program Director: Pharmaceutical Sciences) and Associate Professor Michael Ward (Discipline Leader: Pharmacy Education) provided an outline of some of the Division’s teaching programs, while Professor Rachel Gibson (Dean: Academic) provided a presentation around our Health Sciences partnerships in China in a combination of English and Mandarin, with assistance in translation from Ms Gabi Yu (Academic Translator). The visit was facilitated through the wonderful work of Mrs Karen O’Callaghan.