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Bold new era of collaboration unites Health Science Center, UTSA

April 2003

The Health Science Center and The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) proudly announced a joint graduate degree program in biomedical engineering. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board approved the program in January. The first class of no more than eight students will begin studies this fall.

"We are entering a bold new era of collaboration with our counterparts at UTSA, and it is a partnership that most certainly will benefit the citizens of San Antonio, Bexar County and South Texas," said Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D., president of the Health Science Center. "When Dr. Romo and I presented this concept to the UT System Board of Regents, we noted that this program will train students in one of the newest and most needed job markets."

"This degree program is a model of administrative collaboration and innovation in the sciences," said UTSA President Ricardo Romo, Ph.D. "I commend individuals at both institutions for their hard work and commitment to expanding access to quality higher education."

C. Mauli Agrawal, Ph.D., a professor of orthopaedics at the Health Science Center and associate dean for research and graduate studies for engineering at UTSA, will serve as the program director.

The new program will confer Ph.D. and masterís degrees, but the goal is to train Ph.D.ís from the start, Dr. Agrawal said. Applicants with bachelorís or masterís degrees in the sciences or engineering will be considered for the program.

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