By Mike Foster
The momentum of uOttawa’s Defy the Conventional (DTC) campaign has gone global, with key dignitaries touring to spread the news about the University’s ambitious plans.
Allan Rock, the president of the University of Ottawa, and Jacques Bradwejn, the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, are in Asia this month to raise awareness about the University’s impact and influence, and tell the amazing stories that have inspired the campaign.
After reaching out to proud alumni in Kuala Lumpur, Allan Rock will be launching the Defy the Conventional campaign in Shanghai on October 17 and in Hong Kong on October 20.
He will also deliver a speech to the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong on October 19.
Asia is an economic powerhouse, and Rock is keen to promote the University’s academic exchanges, internships, new research collaborations, and entrepreneurship and innovation efforts in the region.
In his speech, Rock is expected to propose ways in which the University of Ottawa and the Canadian community in Hong Kong can work together, such as by harnessing the community’s business expertise to help uOttawa entrepreneurs to expand into Asian markets.
The University also has an important presence in Shanghai, where uOttawa’s Faculty of Medicine is working with the Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine to finalize the Ottawa-Shanghai Joint School of Medicine (OSJSM), the first of its kind. This fall, the first cohort of Chinese students began a transition year before they apply for a four-year undergraduate program that will be based on uOttawa’s curriculum and will incorporate the requirements of the Chinese bachelor’s degree in clinical medicine.
At the Defy the Conventional campaign launch in Shanghai on October 17, Dr. Bradwejn will address alumni and describe how the partnership that formed the new joint medical school will benefit both Canada and China. The OSJSM truly does defy the conventional; it has led to twinning arrangements between hospitals in Shanghai and Ottawa, as well as new population health research, expanded specialty training and innovative projects in clinical settings.
Central to this international outreach are the University’s alumni, the institution’s best ambassadors. The University is building up its international profile through alumni regional councils in Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, Vancouver, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York City, Boston, London, Paris, Hong Kong and Shanghai. The DTC campaign has been launched in all these areas.
Regional councils consist of dedicated and motivated volunteers, from a variety of backgrounds and interests, who act as the main points of contact for the region.
Regional council members use their personal networks to connect uOttawa representatives with key leaders in the region; they also help organize various university events and champion uOttawa philanthropic activities.
Get inspired by reading stories about how your donation makes a difference. As well, learn more about Defy the Conventional: The Campaign for uOttawa.
uOttawa president Allan Rock during the ceremony last year to celebrate the OSJSM.