Summer School 2016

Shanghai Jiao Tong University: Traditional Chinese Medicine and its Culture, 4-18 July 2016

The U21 2016 Summer School ‘Traditional Chinese Medicine and its Culture’ took place at

Shanghai Jiao Tong University from 4 – 18 July 2016. In a new departure for this event a MOOC was made available to all U21 students prior to the commencement of the school and included courses on subjects such as Yin-Yang theory and Confucianism. Courses undertaken as part of the MOOC were later used for ‘flipped classroom’ sessions during the Summer School, allowing students an opportunity to participate in a very interactive learning environment, a model which proved very popular with the delegates.


Sixty-five students attended the Summer School from 17 member institutions. There was also some time for leisure activities with students having an opportunity to explore Shanghai and the surrounding area through organised tours and cultural programmes.

“The U21 Summer School was so unique in that we were able to get an insight not only into the history, use, practice and manufacture of Traditional Chinese Medicine but also how TCM is viewed by the Chinese public and internationally and how TCM is constantly changing with new technologies and research. I'm very happy and grateful my time as a UCD undergrad went out on such a high."

Aisling Roche, University College Dublin


“On travelling to China my expectations were high and I was not disappointed. Not only did the Summer School offer a unique learning experience, it also enabled us to engage with other students from around the world with different cultures, experiences and talents. Shanghai Jiao Tong University went to an enormous effort to host us and did a fantastic job ensuring we had every kind of support to learn and bond as a group. I'm so thankful for the opportunity to travel to China and attend the U21 summer school; it's given me new friends, ideas and lots of unforgettable memories."

Aoife Blacklaws, University College Dublin