ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- University of Minnesota president, Erick Kaler was in Rochester Thursday.
Kaler toured Mayo Clinic and announced that the U of M and Mayo have renewed their agreement of collaboration.
The partnership goes back as far as the beginning of the 1900s.
It serves as a way for students and professionals to work together to progress life-changing science.
At Mayo they get to learn in a unique classroom setting with professionals by their side.
Students are given the opportunity to participate in mock scenarios, replicating various real-life situations.
University of Minnesota and Mayo are committed to research on projects, including advancing an artificial pancreas, developing anti-obesity drugs, and exploring immune-based diabetes treatments.
The state is also awarding $1.8 million to the three projects, so students and Mayo employees can advance the research.
President Kaler talked about the innovative learning that students receive by partnering up and students couldn't agree more.
University of Minnesota Rochester student, Samuel Anthony, is a Junior studying at Mayo.
He says, "The technology is amazing. They have an O.R. set up and with the help of high-tech manikins...it's quite amazing." Senior Zanele Manaka continues in amazement, "We take what we've learned from the classroom and come here and make all the mistakes that we can and take that to the hospital."
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