Wright State partners with Saudi university to create medical school

Vital Signs » Spring 2014
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Wright State University’s Boonshoft School of Medicine is expanding its global reach under a new agreement that enables a new medical school in Saudi Arabia to get started in an innovative way, bringing the best of Wright State’s medical education expertise to a new set of students.

Under the agreement, Unaizah College of Medicine of Qassim University, Saudi Arabia, will deliver a concurrent educational experience for its students, parallel with the Boonshoft School of Medicine’s medical education program.

Unaizah College of Medicine will become the first medical school in Saudi Arabia to offer an American-style medical education, granting the M.D. degree. Until now, Saudi medical schools have granted a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, or M.B.B.S. degree.

Unaizah representatives approached the leadership of Boonshoft in 2012 to learn more about its innovative education program, research activities, and community-based clinical training.

“Our outstanding educators and research faculty have attracted international attention,” said Marjorie Bowman, M.D., M.P.A., dean of the Boonshoft School of Medicine. “We are proud that we can offer a new school in a different culture our proven program for Wright State partners with Saudi university to create medical school educating the next generation of physicians.”

Wright State Provost Sundaram Narayanan, Ph.D., P.E., Bowman, and representatives of Unaizah College of Medicine and Qassim University have signed a three-year $5.5 million renewable agreement.

“This agreement helps strengthen Wright State’s international identity and enables the university to increase its global impact,” Narayanan said.

The agreement will also provide opportunities for student and faculty exchanges and, most significantly, faculty development to enhance medical student education. Unaizah College of Medicine was established in 2011 as part of a new university founded by Qassim University. Both campuses are located in Qassim Province, northwest of Riyadh. At Unaizah and other medical schools in Saudi Arabia instruction is conducted in English.

Last edited on 04/18/2016.