The University of Virginia is collaborating with professors from around the world to improve its medical knowledge. This week Dr. Frederick Kayanja, the vice chancellor of Mbarara University of Science and Technology, is visiting UVA all the way from Uganda.
Monday, Kayanja and his delegation sat down with UVA doctors to talk telemedicine technology. And thanks to that technology, they weren't the only ones at the meeting. Masters students in Uganda tuned in through a video conference.
This is the first time Kayanja is visiting UVA, even though the collaboration between the two universities has been underway for eight years. The partnership benefits master students in Uganda by allowing them to do research for their degrees.
UVA students benefit by getting international health experience.
"We started with infectious diseases. As you must know, there's no shortage of infectious disease problems in Africa currently," Kayanja stated.
Now the two universities are branching out and working together in more fields than just telemedicine. They are partnering in the school of nursing, college of arts and sciences and school of engineering. This is opening up doors for gender and religious studies collaborations too.