UCSD and Northwest University to begin construction on first joint medical school

China’s first joint Sino-foreign medical college, a partnership between the University of California San Diego (UCSD) and Northwest University in Xi’an, will be built in Xixian New Area, a national urban development zone in Shaanxi Province. Construction on the school will begin next year and is expected to be completed in the next three to five years, with the college, the international hospital and a test center to be built in phases. With a total combined investment of RMB 5 billion (US$814 million), the project aims to create an international medical town of teaching, healthcare, detection and other health functions.

The joint medical college will introduce a new medical personnel training institution and will train medical students using a US training model and management and operation system. The college will have routine medical disciplines such as basic medicine, clinical medicine, nursing and public health, and it will also have special disciplines including nutrition, care of the elderly and cosmetic surgery.

Source: China Daily (see link for more information)

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