School's in: $196M approved for new RGV universitySchool's in: $196M approved for new RGV universityhttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=56322013-11-25T13:52:00Z2013-11-25T00:00:00Z

EDINBURG, BROWNSVILLE - The University of Texas System Board of Regents approved $196 million from the Permanent University Fund for a new regional university and medical school in South Texas. The new university represents a merger between the University of Texas at Brownville (UTB) and the University of Texas-Pan American.

A new $70 million science building in Edinburg will feature about 120,000 sf of research labs and classroom space for students studying biology, physics, chemistry, math, pre-med and environmental studies.

A $54 million, 140,000-sf academic building in Brownsville will house classes being conducted in space leased from Texas Southmost College, which had a partnership with UTB until last year. The regents also funded $18 million for the acquisition of several buildings and facilities owned by Texas Southmost College.

The new university is expected to enroll its first class in fall 2015.

The 88,000-sf South Texas Medical Academic Building in Edinburg will be devoted to teaching facilities for first- and second-year medical students. The building will include an auditorium, digital library, clinical skills center, preclinical laboratories and an anatomy teaching facility. The first medical school class is expected to enroll in summer/fall 2016.

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