President Zhang Jie expressed in the speech that SJTU has always been endeavoring to build the first class university in the world, and the United Medical College is the result of cooperation between the two countries’ higher education. He hoped that the two parts can deepen collaboration in the future. Allan Rock and Ryan Baerg also expressed their encouragements to the students.
Professor Cao Hui of the Renji Hospital explained the connotation of the oath of medical students, and the professional spirit of doctors. Later, fifty six new students put up their white coats and signed their names on the commitment.
The “White Coat Ceremony” originated from the medical schools of the Western world. On the ceremony, teachers and senior students give the white coat which signifies purity and kindness to new students, and help new students to understand the commitment of a doctor.
The mentioned college is the first united medical college cooperated with North America and authorized by the country’s 985 program. This jointed effort will promote the development of Chinese revolution of the education in medicine school.