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Welcome Address for the Opening Ceremony of the Sino-Austrian Collaborating Center for Chinese Medical Sciences
2016-03-23
On the occasion of the Opening Ceremony of the Sino-Austrian Collaborating Center for Chinese Medical Sciences, I wish to convey cordial congratulations on behalf of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Health, Family and Youth.
For many decades, very good and friendly relations have traditionally existed between the People's Republic of China and Austria, the deepening of which – in particular in the field of Chinese Medicine – I could experience since 1985, and to the intensification of which I have had the privilege to contribute since 2004.
 
From an health policy point of view, but also in accordance with quality assurance for medical methods and drugs, the Federal Ministry of Health, Family and Youth is extremely interested in a scientific cooperation between Chinese and Austrian experts and scientists.
For many years now, the President of Eurasia-Pacific Uninet, Prof. Dr. Brigitte Winklehner, has been engaged in the intensification of the cooperation with the Chinese Academy of Chinese Medical Science and its scientists on the one hand, and the Austrian experts and scientists on the other hand, striving for the implementation of concrete projects. Following several years of establishing such type of cooperation through meetings and conferences in China and in Austria, we have now, actually within a relatively short period, succeeded in developing concrete projects that are to be implemented in cooperation with experts and scientists of the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences. The best, scientifically most interesting and also, from an health policy point of view, most significant projects will be presented tomorrow, and I trust that the implementation together with Chinese experts can start as soon as possible.
 
Naturally, it was very important to create an institute that controls this scientific cooperation. Through joint efforts between the President of the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, Cao Hongxin, and the President of Eurasia-Pacific Uninet, Prof. Dr. Winklehner, we have now succeeded in establishing the Sino-Austrian Collaborating Center for Chinese Medical Sciences. The purpose of the Center is to control and to monitor the scientific cooperation between Chinese and Austrian experts, also ensuring maximum possible efficiency in view of the not insignificant costs. On behalf of the Federal Ministry of Health, Family and Youth, I especially wish to thank the President Cao Hongxin and Prof. Dr. Winklehner for establishing this Sino-Austrian Collaborating Center for Chinese Medical Sciences at the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences.
 
The projects that will be presented tomorrow are only some of those that had been suggested to Eurasia-Pacific Uninet and that were eventually selected. Thus, there will be abundant work in future for all Chinese and Austrian experts, but also for the President of the Sino-Austrian Collaborating Center for Chinese Medical Sciences.
 
I would therefore like to wish the Sino-Austrian Collaborating Center and all scientists working on the projects full success for their activities.