Stanford Breaks Ground For New Med Facility


Stanford University will soon have a new education facility for their School of Medicine, thanks to a contribution from a long time benefactor, Li Ka-shing Stanford Universityof Hong Kong. The university broke ground on April 25th as part of an occasion marking the school’s centennial, one of many events held recently to mark Stanford’s founding in 1908.

The 120,000 square-foot building will be located on Campus Drive at the location of the former Fairchild Auditorium. The Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge will incorporate the latest technology and provide a cohesive environment for the school’s new curriculum. Innovative technologies including virtual reality to view various parts of the brain will be used as will using mannequins which breath and bleed, enabling students to gain clinical experience that parallels real world medicine. The building will also house flexible classrooms, lecture halls, and a 350-seat conference center.

According to a press release issued by the university, Mr. Li is chairman of Cheung Kong (Holdings) Ltd. and Hutchison Whampoa Ltd. To date, his personal foundation and other private charitable organizations have provided grants, sponsorships and commitments of more than $1.1 billion. His gifts to Stanford University and the medical school in recent years have exceeded $30 million.

Stanford University was founded by railroad magnate and former California governor Leland Stanford and his wife, Jane. The school was named in honor of their only child, Leland Stanford, Jr. who died of typhoid fever when he was 15.

The university expects construction to be completed Spring 2010.

(Source: Stanford University)


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