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WVU expands health-care training deal with Kuwait

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- West Virginia University is extending and expanding its 15-year relationship with Kuwaiti students seeking health-care training.

Dental students have long come to WVU, but an agreement signed Tuesday extends the educational partnership to the schools of medicine and pharmacy.

Five students can be accepted each year into dentistry and pharmacy, and up to three in medicine.

Kuwaiti students come to Morgantown directly out of high school. After earning undergraduate degrees, they can enroll in the higher training schools.

Health Sciences Chancellor Christopher Colenda said the presence of Kuwaiti students benefits everyone and helps WVU achieve its goal of being a world-class university.

Colenda said studies suggest that Kuwait's supply of native dentists and physicians is likely to remain insufficient until the year 2020. WVU helps meet that need.


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