USC School of Pharmacy Hosts Delegation from Chinese Pharmaceutical University
Professor Frances Richmond hosted Dean Shao Rong and other leaders from the CPU School of International Pharmaceutical Business at the International Center for Regulatory Science at the USC School of Pharmacy on November 7 to memorialize their ongoing relationship that focuses on global pharmaceutical regulation and economics.
Dr. Richmond was joined by School of Pharmacy Dean R. Pete Vanderveen and Associate Dean for Global Initiatives and Technology Michael Wincor at the gathering that provided an opportunity for dialogue among administrators, faculty and students.
“We are very glad to be at USC today – a very famous university in China,” Dean Rong told the group. “USC has contributed to civilization and cultivated many great people for society.”
Located in Nanijing, the CPU School of International Pharmaceutical Business is the only school that focuses on management and the pharmaceutical business in China. Among the undergraduate and graduate programs offered is an MS in Social and Administrative Pharmacy which bears some similarities to the course of study pursued by USC students in the MS in Regulatory Science program.
Recognizing the nature of today’s pharmaceutical enterprise, the relationship between the two schools allows for unique opportunities for sharing ideas and considering solutions to issues in the global marketplace.
“Los Angeles is a gateway to the Pacific Rim,” said Dean Vanderveen. “We greatly value the exchanges our relationship provides to faculty and students at both our schools.”
Among those attending the event were three CPU students who are visiting scholars at the International Center for Regulatory Science at USC during the current semester.
“This is my first visit to the United States and I’m thoroughly enjoying it,” said Yingwei (Vivi) Wang, one of the students. “The regulatory science classes that I am taking are very helpful to my studies and to my goal for an eventual career in academia.”
Visiting scholars also attending the event included Xiaochen Peng and Lan Zheng, both attending regulatory science classes this semester through the exchange. C. Benson Kuo, associate director of consulting services for the International Center for Regulatory Science at USC, coordinated the event and also translated presentations for the audience.
The USC School of Pharmacy launched the nation’s first Doctor of Regulatory Science program in 2008. Additionally, the program offers MS degrees in regulatory science and management of drug development and a slate of certificate programs.