Dr. Richard Selznick, Director of the Cooper Learning Center at Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper, will lead an all-day workshop presented at Rowan University by its College of Graduate and Continuing Education entitled “The Shut-Down Learner” on Tuesday, February 7. Read the full story
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie accepted the recommendation by the UMDNJ Task Force Committee to overhaul the state’s university system, including merging Rowan University and Rutgers-Camden campus into one single university with research university designation. This will be the only university in southern New Jersey with this status. Cooper University Hospital is in full support of the recommendations.
The Research University designation will allow Rowan to offer undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs (i.e., Ph.D.), enter into public-private partnerships and increase the institution’s ability to attract greater research funding from such entities as the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation. Combining Rutgers and Rowan will provide opportunities for joint degree programs, such as Law and Medicine (J.D., M.D.).
Cooper’s Chairman, George E. Norcross, III, issued the following statement yesterday: “We are pleased with the recommendations presented by the UMDNJ Advisory Committee to designate a research university in South Jersey through the integration of two long standing institutions of higher learning. This bold plan will transform education in South Jersey and ignite the economy by attracting private investment opportunities, producing greater research funding and significantly increasing the options for New Jersey residents who currently leave the state to pursue higher education degrees.”
The single largest construction project in the City of Camden this year took a significant step forward today when the final girder for Cooper Medical School of Rowan University’s (CMSRU) building was raised into place.
In what is traditionally a major milestone in any construction project, the placing of the final beam was the highlight of a “topping off” ceremony. Guests signed the girder prior to the ceremony to show their support and involvement in the overall project.
United States Senator Robert Menendez, New Jersey State Senate President Stephen Sweeney, Camden Mayor Dana Redd, community members, and representatives from Cooper University Hospital and Rowan University participated in the celebratory milestone.
The $139 million, 200,000-square-foot building will serve as the home for Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, the first four-year allopathic medical school in South Jersey. It is also the first new medical school in New Jersey in more than 30 years. Ground was broken for the building last October.
“It has been amazing to see the building take shape so quickly,” reflected Dr. Paul Katz, founding dean of Cooper Medical School of Rowan University. “It’s even more remarkable to think that, in little more than a year, we will be teaching our first class of students—only three years after setting out to start a medical school.”
Cooper University Hospital and Rowan University have entered into an agreement that will enhance public safety on the Camden Health Sciences Campus. According to this agreement, Rowan will provide law enforcement officers for the campus surrounding the hospital and the Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, which is currently under construction.
Emphasis will be given to Camden Police Officers who were recently laid-off from their jobs.
“The area around Cooper’s campus has always been safe, but as we expand our footprint, increasing our security presence becomes an important aspect of our progress,” said George E. Norcross, III, Chairman of the Board at Cooper University Hospital.
Construction is underway at the future home of the Cooper Medical School of Rowan University.
This week, the Courier-Post published an article about a recommendation to merge higher education institutions in South Jersey.
George E. Norcross, III, Chairman of Cooper University Hospital’s Board of Trustees, said he loves the idea of a South Jersey merger involving Rutgers, Rowan, Cooper Medical School at Rowan and the School of Osteopathic Medicine.
“You’d have two medical schools, a law school (Rutgers-Camden) and an engineering school (Rowan) – the size of a real university that could compete with what they have in Philadelphia and could become something even greater,” Norcross said. “The two medical schools need to be part of one institution. Why not put them under an umbrella that could be beneficial to both?”