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UCSD May Help Develop Medical School In China

A tower is shown in Xi'an, China, Feb. 28, 2005.
Philip Lai / flckr
A tower is shown in Xi'an, China, Feb. 28, 2005.

UCSD May Help Develop Medical School In China
UC San Diego officials will meet this week with a delegation from the Chinese government to help create a medical school in the central Chinese city of Xi'an.

UC San Diego is looking to expand its reach overseas.

To that end, school officials will meet with a delegation from China this week to discuss building a medical school in the central Chinese city of Xi’an.

Representatives from China's Northwest University approached UCSD with the idea last year. Since then, UCSD has had discussions with both the school and the Chinese government.

Dr. Mounir Soliman, director of UCSD's Health Sciences International, said the proposal would include helping China create a medical school, a 1,000-bed teaching hospital and a research facility in Xi'an.

"It is intended to be a transformative project to bring evidence-based medicine as well as cutting-edge research and innovative medical education and training to that part of China," Soliman said.

Soliman said it's too early in the process to discuss how much money UCSD might make in the deal.

UCSD Health Sciences is involved in other international collaborations in a number of countries, including Mexico and South Korea.