UNMC's partnerships with China have resulted in significant collaborations in education, exchange, research, and clinical care.
Established in 2005, the Asia Pacific Rim Development Program (APRDP), now part of the Office of Global Engagement (OGE), strives to increase UNMC’s research scope and efficiency, provide meaningful exchange programs for faculty and students, and foster friendships and cultural understanding, ultimately improving health education, care, and science in China, the U.S., and worldwide. To date, more than 900 visitors have participated in various collaboration and exchange programs through UNMC’s APRDP.
UNMC’s education and exchange programs include opportunities for Chinese students, faculty, and researchers to study in Omaha while UNMC students, faculty, and researchers study in China. In 2004, UNMC established a research partnership with the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), which led to the creation of a Joint Research Center in 2007. Through this center, an annual Joint Research Symposium was held in Beijing, Shanghai, and Omaha alternately, and topics have included cancer research, inflammation and disease, and international biomedical research.