University of Arkansas in pact with University of Hyderabad for academic collaboration

Hyderabad: University of Hyderabad (UoH) and USA based University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) announced a partnership, which may enable the both universities to engage in collaboration in Faculty and student exchanges and collaborative research. Both Universities signed a memorandum of understanding to this effect, a UoH press release said.

The memorandum provides for the universities to develop joint educational and research programs in a relationship that will encompass a mutual learning process, encourage close cooperation in the advancement of science and medical education, as well as systems and specialty expertise in both the universities, the varsity said.

Prof. Geeta K. Vemuganti, Dean of Medical Sciences, University of Hyderabad visited UAMS to finalize the partnership. She said her school has programs for nursing and optometry, and they are planning to establish a medical school over the next three years. Prof. Geeta said her immediate priority is to create a clinical skills center and simulation lab modeled after the one at UAMS.

“This exchange will go beyond residents, students and education in general,” said Dr. Curtis Lowery, M.D., who chairs the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the College of Medicine and led UAMS’ effort to develop the partnership. “We’re talking about global health care and many potential research collaborations. As we patent more, why can’t we patent and sell in India as much as here? Why can’t we help them with things they’re trying to do?”

Dr. Hari Eswaran, the UAMS coordinator of the memorandum of understanding, would guide and assist in the establishment of collaborative contacts. He would also identify Indo-U.S. funding sources for faculty/student exchanges, workshops and seminars. Dr. Eswaran is an associate professor and the SARA scientific director in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is also the international telemedicine coordinator for the Center for Distance Health.

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