Dundee and Northeastern University welcome second cohort
Published on 5 October 2020
The University of Dundee and Northeastern University (NEU) in China have welcomed their second cohort of students on to the double degree in Biomedical Engineering which is delivered as part of a Joint Educational Partnership (JEP) between the two institutions
Despite potential impact from COVID-19, the programme welcomed almost 120 new students for a second consecutive year. A virtual welcome ceremony took place on Tuesday 29 September with Dean of Science and Engineering Professor José Fiadeiro, Vice Principal (International) Wendy Alexander, Professor Zhihong Huang and Dr Markus Pakleppa from the University of Dundee in attendance.
Vice Principal (International) Wendy Alexander added, “In tough COVID times it is great news that the University of Dundee and Northeastern University in northern China are continuing to train hundreds of future biomedical engineers.
“In years to come, when we are past COVID, these students will have the chance to see the fantastic work done at Ninewells. University of Dundee, Tayside and Northeastern University have world-class excellence in biomedical engineering. It is uplifting in these hard times to be looking to the future and training a new generation of highly talented healthcare professionals.”
It’s estimated by 2022, the programme will host almost 500 of the next generation of leading biomedical engineers, who will go on to work alongside doctors to deliver advances in ultrasound, CT and MRI scanning, and image-guided surgery to improve diagnosis and treatment of disease.
“When COVID-19 suddenly attacked China and subsequently the world, I realised that the treatment of patients’ needs is not only the responsibility of professional doctors and nurses, but also engineers developing innovative medical equipment,” said Yijiao Gao (Jessie) who is one of the students who has enrolled on the programme.
“It’s my dream to contribute to the world’s medical care. I hope that, when we are past COVID-19, if there is a public health crisis in the future, treatment and equipment facilities will be more accurate and more affordable.”
“Northeastern University and the University of Dundee have come together to realise our dreams. It feels like a bridge has been built between China and the United Kingdom in medical treatment, and I feel excited and motivated to begin my studies.”
Biomedical Engineering is ranked top in the UK for Medical Technology in the Complete University Guide 2021 and the programme is only the second Chinese Government-approved Joint Programme with a British University in Biomedical Engineering.