University of Cincinnati interested in opening medical school in China
College of Medicine Dean Tom Boat recently updated university trustees about the discussions.
Tens of millions of dollars would be needed in donations to make the UC campus a reality, The Cincinnati Enquirer (http://cin.ci/Wbngq8 ) reported. But supporters point to the potential for new growth and revenue in the world's largest nation by population.
"It would allow us to have an international connection with China that would really push our globalization efforts forward," Boat told professors and students last week.
China is the leading source for international students for UC, with 962 Chinese students enrolled this year. The university already has a number of collaboration and project agreements in China.
Boat emphasized the plans are in very early stages with Chongqing Medical University, which has four hospitals with 5,000 beds and treats millions of outpatients annually.
"If the plan plays out, yes, it would be a UC-branded campus," Boat said.
Duke University, in Durham, N.C., has moved ahead with its plans for a China campus in partnership with Chinese educators. Duke Kunshan University operations are currently expected to begin in the 2013-14 academic year, pending final approval from Chinese officials.
UC's College of Medicine could use another source of revenue. The medical school lost $7 million on operating costs, while receiving a $10 million one-time payment from Cincinnati Children's Hospital and Medical Center.
UC gave out $2.66 million in institutional aid to medical students in the 2010-11 school year, compared to $5.8 million by Ohio State University, the Cincinnati newspaper reported.
Additional questions for the previous article about medical schools overseas - are these schools mostly for students in those countries? Can American students go there, too? Considering the national doctor shortage, should the money be used to establish hospitals here, rather than in other countries? Feel free to comment.