POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. — Vassar College and the University of Global Health Equity, an innovative medical school in Rwanda, have forged a partnership that will help the medical school blend the liberal arts into its curriculum.
The alliance calls for members of Vassar’s faculty to teach classes in the humanities that are part of the liberal arts component of University of Global Health Equity’s medical school curriculum. The first contingent of Vassar faculty to participate in the partnership will travel to Rwanda this summer to teach three-week courses in African history, psychology, and political science in collaboration with the faculty at University of Global Health Equity.
In a ceremony on the Vassar campus, college President Elizabeth Bradly and Dr. Anges Binagwaho, vice chancellor of University of Global Health Equity, signed an agreement forming the partnership. Afterward, the two placed a Rwandan flag amidst flags of other African countries that each represented a country from which Vassar has students.