Monday — day of business (and fun, too!)

Monday morning was spent primarily at the Nanjing Medical University where we toured several of the buildings, including the Library at the downtown Watai campus. Following the tours and meetings with students, we left the downtown campus and headed to the larger and newer suburban campus just outside Nanjing.

The Jianging campus is a sprawling green campus with lakes and large modern buildings spread out across hundreds of acres of land. The library here is a modern, state-of-the-art facility that serves as the central health sciences library for the Jiangsu Province of China. The library has over 940,000 books and 4,700 periodical subscriptions in both English and Chinese. Many additional resources are available electronically across the campus from well-known vendors such as Elsevier Science Direct, EBSCOhost, and OVID/Lippincott-Williams & Wilkins.

During the afternoon, in a light rain, we toured various campus buildings including labs, learning areas, nursing simulation facilities, and state-of-the-art computer labs. The level of technology and innovative learning tools here was impressive. I would have loved to have stayed behind and played with some of the programs even though they were all in Chinese! Towards the end of the afternoon, we gathered with our student and faculty counterparts for presentations by RMU student Jen Maley and RMU School of Nursing Dean, Dr. Lynda Davidson, on trauma services in America and Nursing in America. The Nanjing Medical University students presented each of us with hand-made Chinese ornaments that we will cherish as a memory of our visit to their school.

What followed was what quickly became the highlight of the day: a stop at the school canteen (cafeteria) for a hands-on lesson in the Chinese art of making dumplings! Students and faculty from both schools joined together in making trays of dumplings which were later cooked and served as part of our dinner! Everyone had great fun making (and soon perfecting) the art of creating dumplings-Chinese style! A great way to end a very educational day!

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