This campus is the big winner. Rutgers University would acquire the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, School of Public Health and the Cancer Institute of New Jersey — all in the New Brunswick area — as part of its acquisition of UMDNJ.
Placing all of these institutions under the Rutgers umbrella is the centerpiece of this plan. It puts medical education in New Jersey’s most trusted hands (incoming president Robert Barchi has significant experience running medical schools) and eliminates the long-standing headache of UMDNJ in one swoop.
Christie said the consolidation of RWJ Medical Center and the Cancer Institute under the Rutgers umbrella will ensure certainty to a life sciences education system that is in desperate need of stability.
"The fact that we're letting in a number of students from Rutgers-Camden as well as Rutgers-Newark makes them feel like they're intruding on their commencement," junior Elijah Reiss said. "But in reality, we're all under the same Rutgers umbrella."
The merger is part of a larger reorganization of the state’s higher education system that also elevates Rowan University in Glassboro, Gloucester County, to the status of a research university. Rowan will absorb UMDNJ’s School of Osteopathic Medicine in Stratford, but most of the rest of the medical university’s schools, clinics and institutes in Newark, New Brunswick and Piscataway will come under the Rutgers umbrella.
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