Agreement to establish Centre for Traditional Chinese Medicine


23.12.2019

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David and Jiangxi University of Traditional Medicine has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to establish a Centre for Traditional Chinese Medicine Qigong Health Studies.

Prof Chen Mingren, Chairman of the Council of Jiangxi University of Traditional Medicine and Professor Medwin Hughes, Vice-Chancellor UWTSD launch the Centre for Traditional Chinese Medicine

Prof Chen Mingren and Prof Medwin Hughes, DL

The Centre will develop and deliver courses within the University’s Institute of Management and Health and will be based at its Swansea campus.  The agreement was signed by Professor Medwin Hughes, DL, Vice-Chancellor of UWTSD and Professor Chen Mingren, Chairman of the Council of Jiangxi University of Traditional Medicine.

The partnership with Jiangxi University of Traditional Medicine is established at a time when self-care and well-being are key issues for current and future generations.

Increasingly, the Chinese culture of well-being offers traditional techniques and practical exercises (Qigong) for people of all ages to achieve better physical, mental, and spiritual health.  Based on similar principles to Taiji, now practiced quite widely in the UK and Europe, Qigong is a mindfulness technique that enables people to be more aware of their body energy through meditation and simple physical exercises.  Qigong can be used to target specific chronic conditions as well as to maintain physical and mental health.

Traditional Chinese Medicine and the practice of Qigong is converging with Western medicine in China, and a great deal of research is being undertaken at Jiangxi University to understand the positive impact of these practices on certain health conditions including arthritis and diabetes.  The partnership will enable academic exchange and collaborative research into traditional Chinese medicine and 'Harmonious Culture', a concept of social harmony dating back to the time of Confucius.

“The Centre for Traditional Chinese Medicine Qigong Health Studies will complement the University’s growing portfolio and interests in health and well-being” said Professor Medwin Hughes. “The University has developed a range of activities and programmes concerned with well-being and harmony which highlight the way we all, as individuals, can play a part in nurturing more cohesive, healthier and happier communities”.

Professor Chen Mingren of Jiangxi University of Traditional Chinese Medicine commented: “TCM Health Qigong is a practical activity based on a holistic view of life that helps to balance the relationship between human beings and nature. The Centre for TCM Qigong Health Studies will become a bridge for the harmonious communication between East and West, promoting cultural exchange between China and Britain in the area of well-being and living in harmony with each other and with nature. The Centre will make a valuable contribution to the knowledge and understanding of Chinese medicine in the UK.”

Delegates from Jiangxi University of Traditional Medicine and UWTSD at the lauch of the Centre for Traditional Chinese Medicine Qigong Health Studies

Delegates from Jiangxi University of Traditional Medicine and UWTSD launch the Centre for Traditional Chinese Medicine Qigong Health Studies