Advances in Biopharmaceutical Technology in China
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Chapter 18:   Life Science and Health Science Education in China

Yibing (Eliza) Zhou
BioPlan Associates, Inc.
2275 Research Blvd, Suite 500
Rockville, MD 20850
301-921-5979

About the Author:
Yibing (Eliza) Zhou, Project Director. Ms. Zhou holds a Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Chemistry (1987) from the West China University of Medical Sciences (merged into Sichuan University in 2001). She also had five-years of supervisory experience at the Sun Yat-sen University-affiliated hospital pharmacy. Ms. Zhou is an experienced Chinese pharmaceutical technical information researcher, consultant and translator of technical and scientific matters. Her expertise focuses in two areas: consultation on the biopharmaceutical industry and hospital pharmacy in China, and Chinese biomedical literature research and translation. She also has more than 12 years' experience working as a Marketing Manager and Product Manager at various Chinese-owned and foreign joint-venture pharmaceutical companies, including the South-West China Pharmaceutical Co., Willine Pharmaceutical Co., AstraZeneca (Guangzhou Branch) and other pharmaceutical companies.

Abstract:
Life science is one of the fastest developing disciplines in the natural sciences. The rapid expansion of life sciences and biotechnology is paving the way for a bio-economy era. In China, the world's most populous country, with an exceptionally large market potential, life science and biotechnology are being prepared for expansion. The Chinese government is pumping money into life science and biotechnology in an attempt to become a major global biotech player over the next 15 years. Life science education has a long history in China and has made tremendous strides over the past five decades since the founding of the People's Republic of China (PRC) in 1949. Current accomplishments in China's education sector reflect the vigorous efforts made by both the government and Chinese educators for several generations. This chapter provides an overview and general information with regards to life science and health science higher education in China. Statistics, rankings, and detailed analysis are also provided regarding life science programs offered by Chinese higher educational institutions, including biological sciences, biotechnology, bioengineering, biomedical engineering, medicine, traditional Chinese medicine, and pharmaceutical sciences. Higher education (or tertiary education) is of great importance in China's education framework and is the fastest growing segment in China's education sector. The Chinese government has been playing a key role in developing the higher education system in China, and the majority of Chinese universities and colleges are established and being supported financially by the central or local governments.

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Eric Langer
BioPlan Associates, Inc.
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