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伯明翰大学校长大卫·伊斯特伍德爵士教授 致辞

Time:2019-10-24 Hits:14


I have very fond memories of the hospitality I received when I last visited Phoenix some three years ago.  


That was my first time in here in Nanjing. At that point we were in the very early stages of establishing our collaborations across the city, but as always we were ambitious, committed and brought a lot of energy to pursuing our ambition. 


In an increasingly interdependent world, universities need to be bold and imaginative in order to drive change, to work more closely together, and extend our collaborations to include private partners who can add a dimension to the work we undertake together.


This a real example of what can be achieved when institutions come together with a shared will and determination. I’m very grateful to colleagues from the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford, and those from Nanjing University for making this happen. 


Shakespeare’s popularity around the world can perhaps be attributed to the nature of his work, which speaks of humanity and is therefore resonates across nationalities.  We are custodians of his legacy, and it is our responsibility to continue to explore new ways of interpreting  his work. 


The publications we celebrate today, and the Shakespeare competition which is being so generously supported gives a real opportunity to do just this. 


As Shakespeare said ‘Words are easy, like the wind; faithful friends are hard to find’ our faith in our friendship with Nanjing University and Phoenix has brought us here and I want to thank you both for what we have achieved. 


So where next might we collaborate? Our expertise in the social history of medicine coupled with the rich history here of hospitals here in Nanjing make this an interesting next step


How we understand the history of our cities through civic institutions like hospitals gives us a new perspective, and the centre we look to inaugurate today will promote a new, more inclusive approach to the history of medicine, exploring medical questions relevant to practitioners throughout the ages, but also social aspects of medicine, including the way in which medicine is experienced by patients and entire communities.


This will help train a new generation of social historians of medicine, but will also shape the way in which scholars in Britain and China write histories of hospitals and collaborate in future.

I am confident that when I am next afforded the opportunity to visit, we will have made equal progress with this collaboration.


My thanks to you all once again. 


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