Rice, Baylor in Hous­ton to ex­pand col­lab­o­ra­tions

Modern Healthcare - - REGIONAL NEWS - —Adam Ruben­fire

Rice Uni­ver­sity and the Baylor Col­lege of Medicine, which at one time con­sid­ered merg­ing, have signed an agree­ment to fa­cil­i­tate their re­search and teach­ing col­lab­o­ra­tions.

The two Hous­ton pri­vate schools dis­cussed merg­ing in 2009 but ul­ti­mately de­cided against com­bin­ing own­er­ship. The new agree­ment aims to make it eas­ier for fac­ulty, staff and stu­dents to work to­gether, build­ing on pre­vi­ous ac­cords, the schools said.

Rice and Baylor agreed to en­cour­age joint fac­ulty ap­point­ments to fa­cil­i­tate re­search and ed­u­ca­tional pro­grams that can be used by both schools. More than 40 Rice and Baylor fac­ulty mem­bers al­ready have joint ad­junct ap­point­ments.

The deal also al­lows the schools’ stu­dents to en­roll in grad­u­ate credit cour­ses at ei­ther in­sti­tu­tion, and es­tab­lishes a co­op­er­a­tive pro­gram for shared use of cer­tain re­search labs and ser­vice cen­ters at both schools.

The two col­leges al­ready have sev­eral col­lab­o­ra­tive ar­range­ments, in­clud­ing a five-year com­bined MBA/MD pro­gram in­volv­ing Rice’s Jones Grad­u­ate School of Busi­ness. Rice also par­tic­i­pates in Baylor’s MD/PhD med­i­cal sci­en­tist train­ing pro­gram, which in­cludes the op­tion of a PhD in bio­engi­neer­ing from Rice or other PhDpro­grams at Baylor.

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