UTA establishes health informatics partnership with German university
The University of Texas at Arlington aims to promote continued teaching, research and student opportunities in the ever-changing health informatics field through a new cooperative agreement.
Representatives from both UTA and Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences in Germany celebrated the memorandum of understanding (MOU) between them during a ceremony at the Science & Engineering Innovation & Research Building.
The MOU builds upon substantial and longstanding cooperation in health informatics among researchers from both institutions, in particular Marion Ball, executive director of UTA’s Multi-Interprofessional Center for Health Informatics (MICHI); Gabriela Wilson, co-director of MICHI; and Ursula Hübner, professor of medical and health informatics at Osnabrück University.
“The relationship formed between our two universities will be beneficial to future exchange opportunities for our students and faculty,” Ball said. “We also look forward to joint research opportunities this MOU will afford us and that have indeed already begun.”
The institutions will work to support student exchange for study and research, faculty visits for research and teaching, and joint research, all in the name of advancing the innovative and growing world of health informatics and increasing the impact the field will have on patient care.
“My collaboration with Osnabrück started in 2013 when I was a faculty member at the University of Southern Indiana,” Wilson said. “I am excited to continue this fruitful collaboration at UTA, knowing that these efforts will open new doors to unexplored areas and enrich our cultural perspectives.”
Hübner touted the strong relationship built with Wilson and Ball that helped make the partnership between UTA and Osnabrück possible.
“I am so grateful to have this longstanding relationship with both of them,” she said. “And now that they are in this wonderful place at UTA, it is just another diamond in our relationship.”
UTA Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Tamara Brown said the agreement helps establish closer collaboration, with each institution leveraging the other’s strengths in the field of health informatics and information management.
“I believe such collaboration is both timely and relevant, and I am confident that this international partnership will drive a new wave of world-class developments in these very important areas,” she said.