Adventist University is a private Christian university located in Puting Kahoy, Silang, Cavite, Philippines.
Loma Linda University officials said the international partnership is a way for the university to continue to foster higher education around the world.
“Since its founding, Loma Linda University has sent thousands of physicians, dentists and nurses to provide health care internationally,” said Dr. Richard Hart, president of Loma Linda University, in a press release.
“As the Adventist Church develops international universities, we can expand capacity by assisting with health sciences education for health professionals around the world,” Hart said.
The Philippine Commission of Higher Education recently granted Adventist University to open a medical school, which will make it the sixth accredited medical school operated by the Seventh-Day Adventist Church. Loma Linda University was the first.
A team from Loma Linda will be working with the inaugural dean of the new medical school, Dr. Doris A. Mendoza.
Mendoza is a former faculty member at West Visayas State University College of Medicine.
Mendoza has outlined a very modern medical education curriculum that will meet more stringent Filipino accreditation criteria, the press release stated.
AUP intends to accept its first class of 20 students in June 2014 and will use Adventist Medical Center-Manila as its primary clinical teaching site.
In addition, the new faculty at Adventist University will be enrolled in the online Master of Science degree program in Health Professions Education — an inter-professional graduate program at Loma Linda University designed to prepare clinicians to teach in the classroom.
Loma Linda University has a strong, ongoing history with Adventist University of the Philippines.
Loma Linda School of Public Health assisted the Filipino university in developing its own College of Health approximately 30 years ago; and LLU School of Dentistry also collaborated with AUP to develop its College of Dentistry in 2005.
(LA Midweek July 10-12, 2013 Sec A pg.4)
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