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Rotman Gets $6 Million Donation Focused on Healthcare and Life Sciences

University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management has announced a $6 million gift that will be used to strengthen the school’s programs in the areas of healthcare and life sciences.

The donation, which is from the Rotman family, will enable the school to extend its healthcare-related teaching and research as well as provide additional opportunities for students.

For example, the gift endows three new chairs or professorships. One of these is in Artificial Intelligence and Health Care. A second is in Health Economics, Policy and Evaluation. The third is in Life Sciences Commercialization. 

In addition to the chairs and professorships, there is money set aside to bring in visiting faculty and leaders in the healthcare sector. Another significant portion of the gift will be used to fund research having to do with healthcare. 

Some of the gift will go directly to students too. The donation will enable the creation of new scholarships as well as new hands-on study opportunities for MBA students, including international study experiences.

Healthcare is an area that Rotman already emphasizes. MBA students at Rotman have the option to major in Health Sector Management.

 And this year, the school is launching a Global Executive MBA for Healthcare and Life Sciences. The program will take place over the course of 18 months and will involve classes in Toronto, Singapore and the San Francisco Bay Area.

The school’s hub for healthcare research is the Centre for Health Sector Strategy, now being renamed the Sandra Rotman Centre for Health Sector Strategy in honor of the Rotman family’s $6 million gift. Besides conducting research, the Centre offers several executive education programs.

Brian Golden, vice dean of MBA programs, says that “this most recent generous gift will enable us to increase the impact of our work in healthcare and life sciences within Canada as well as internationally.” 

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Rotman family have been major supporters of University of Toronto’s Rotman School. And Golden points out that the family also provided “initial support when we launched our healthcare activities in 2002.” 

Rotman dean Tiff Macklem adds that the gift is consistent with the Rotman family’s view “that all sectors of society, including business, government, and healthcare, need inspired leadership.” The family’s latest donation, he says, will “help us support the healthcare leaders of today and tomorrow.”

If healthcare is a sector that interests you, then, Rotman may be on your list. We can help you figure out how you line up with other Rotman applicants and how to present your story in a way that will catch the adcom’s attention. Contact us for a free assessment!

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