On 9 August, 2016, the signing ceremony and plaque unveiling of the Chinese Medicine Centre was held in Western Sydney University. Chinese Ambassador to Australia H.E. Mr CHENG Jingye, Australian Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Keith Pitt and Minister-Counsellor for Education of the Chinese Embassy Mr XU Xiao attended the ceremony.
Ambassador CHENG pointed out that President XI Jinping paid a historical state visit to Australia in November 2014. As an important outcome of the visit, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine and Western Sydney University signed the Memorandum of Understanding for the establishment of the Chinese Medicine Centre. Today's signing ceremony and plaque unveiling marks an important and substantial step towards the establishment and operation of the Chinese Medicine Centre.
Ambassador Cheng expressed the hope that this Centre will provide an important platform for the cooperation between the two universities in clinical service, education and research of Chinese medicine and that it will also contribute to the well-being of the local communities. Moreover, the Centre will serve as a model for the mutual learning and interaction between TCM and modern medicine, thus spreading Chinese medicine further to the world.
Assistant Minister Keith Pitt congratulated on the establishment of the Chinese Medicine Centre on behalf of the Federal Government. Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott also sent notes of congratulations. Professor XU Anlong, President of BUCM and Professor Barney Glover, Vice Chancellor of WSU signed the agreement to establish the Chinese Medicine Centre.