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November 27, 2012

SUNY Optometry Administration Attend 100th Anniversary of China Affiliate

November 17, 2012 marked the 100th Anniversary of the founding of Wenzhou Medical College in Wenzhou, China.  President Heath and Dr. Heiberger, Director of International Programs, represented SUNY Optometry at the event, entitled "2012 International Cooperation Forum".

The Wenzhou Medical College takes great pride on its affiliations with institutions outside of China.  The event also celebrated 20 years of affiliation with the New England College of Optometry and the fifth year of its affiliation with the SUNY College of Optometry.

During the past five years, SUNY and Wenzhou Medical College have achieved successful funding of two major projects.  A three-year grant for the establishment of a Center of Excellence in Low Vision and Vision Rehabilitation at Wenzhou Medical College was received from the Lavelle Fund for the Blind in 2009 and a second three-year grant to enhance low vision services at Wenzhou, as well as to disseminate to other locations in China educatiaon in the provision of low vision and vision rehabilitative services.  SUNY Optometry also has been receiving funding for the past three years for a Confucius Institute at the College in New York City with Wenzhou Medical College being the partner institution in China.  Confucius institutes are funded worldwide by the Chinese government to promote Chinese language and culture.

The celebratory event included speakers from the China Ministry of Health, Wenzhou Medical College, Burapha and Chiang Mai Universities in Thailand, as well as, from institutions in France, Sweden and the US.  President Heath moderated a panel discussion on the first day of the conference and also delivered a major presentation entitled, "Innovation Through Collaboration:  The Wenzhou Medical College and the State University of New York College of Optometry".  Dr. Heiberger also gave a presentation entitled "Educational and Cultural Aspects of An International Affiliation".