Welcome to Tsinghua University Master of Research students

The Melbourne Medical School recently welcomed the third cohort of eight students from Tsinghua University, China who arrived to commence the two-year Master of Research (MRes) program in Melbourne.

Tsinghua University is a premier Chinese research and training institution with global recognition as a member of the elite C9 League of universities in China and is a much-valued partner of the University of Melbourne.

The MRes course is a specially tailored program for Tsinghua University students who take time out from their Pharmaceutical Sciences or Medical degree in China to complete the program over two years in Melbourne. The students then return to Tsinghua University to complete their training and are awarded both degrees.

Staff with MRes Students

The recently completed first cohort of Tsinghua University students pictured with academics
Standing (L-R): Prof Lea Delbridge, Ms Yang Song, Mr Cheng Bao, Mr Beinan Wang, Prof Dick Strugnell, Dr Anita Horvath, Mr Haoyu Yang; 
Seated (L-R): Ms Meng Wang, Mr Ziyuan Chen, Ms Yuan Yao, Mr Sui Chen; Absent: Mr Zhongyu Huang

First launched in 2014, the Faculty also recently celebrated the successful completion of the program by the first cohort of Tsinghua University students (pictured above).

This completing cohort undertook research projects in a wide range of fields with supervision provided by academics from the Department of Medical Biology (Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research - WEHI), the Department of Medicine, the Department of Paediatrics, and the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics within the Faculty.

In addition to this wonderful achievement by all students, one of the participants, Ms Meng Wang, won best poster prize at the Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR) student symposium as well as first place in the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition at the Department of Paediatrics, Royal Children’s Hospital campus for her presentation on paediatric infectious diseases.

Winner of the 3MT competition at the Department of Paediatrics, Royal Children’s Hospital Ms Meng Wang (centre) with Deputy Dean Prof Glenn Bowes and Prof Lea Delbridge

The partnership and original vision for the MRes program was driven by Professors Doris Young (Associate Dean, China Programs), James Best (former Head of the Melbourne Medical School), Dick Strugnell (Pro Vice-Chancellor, Graduate and International Research), and Li Wu (Vice Dean of the School of Medicine at Tsinghua University).

The ongoing success of the program is made possible through the tireless work and contributions of many staff in establishing, launching, developing the course, and strengthening the relationship between the two institutions. In particular, Professors Lea Delbridge as the inaugural program coordinator, Alastair Stewart (Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics), David Huang (WEHI), A/Professor Alex Boussioutas (Associate Dean Research Training), Drs Justin Biltsza and Anita Horvath (Department of Medical Education), and, from Tsinghua University, Drs Li Gong, Daliang Wang, and Jing Yan.