Healthcare research and innovation was at the heart of the University of Texas’ new president’s commencement speech last week.
Greg Fenves vowed to dedicate more resources to go toward finding ways to use data and information technology to improve the health of the public. The Austin American Statesman reports he touted the potential for the university’s new Dell Medical School, which will open in 2016. It is the first new medical school to open among members of the Association of American Universities in nearly half a century.
“Research is where discovery begins, and it is also the basis of our educational mission,” Fenves said according to The Dallas Morning News. “Students don’t come to UT to check off course requirements or fill information gaps. They come to be transformed through engagement with faculty and with each other, and for the learning experiences that prepare committed, creative and ethical professionals, artists, entrepreneurs and citizens.”