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2014 East-West Alliance Global Symposia

Dean of Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine Gabriel Leung presenting a gift of CMB and HKU's historic partnership to CMB Trustee Wendy O'Neill and CMB staff Vivienne Zhang and Piya Hanvoravongchai.

The 2014 East-West Alliance Global Symposia, held at the University of Hong Kong Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine on October 27-28, brought together around 100 overseas experts, faculty, and global leaders in public health education to share their experiences on learning in the digital age with Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and big data and precision medicine. The East-West Alliance of Biomedical Institutions is a network for research and education collaboration, started in 2006 by nine universities in Asia and the West. Its memberships currenly include 13 institutions from the US (UC Berkeley, Stanford), Canada (Toronto, Manitoba, Alberta), Europe (Cambridge, Oxford, UMC Groningen, Institute Pasteur), Hong Kong (HKU, CUHK), and China (Shantou). The 2014 Global Symposia was supported by the Li Ka Shing Foundation and co-organized by the China Medical Board (CMB) and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM).

The welcoming address was given by Gabriel Leung, Dean of Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, followed by opening remarks from CMB Southeast Asia Regional Coordinator Piya Hanvoravongchai. First day keynote speeches and sessions focused on MOOCs in postmodern Asia, including e-learning and MOOCs in Boston and London, lessons from EdX and Coursera, technology-accelerated learning in both East and West, student perspectives on the flipped classroom, and looking ahead. On the second day, four panel sessions covered the role of big data and its relationship with population health, genomic medicine, cancer, and organ specific diseases. 

Click here to view the official Symposia website, including detailed agenda and online video.