World Class health System, Akwa Ibom -The Thompson & Grace Medical University

Project Landscape Masterplan

Dr. Chanam Lee, Dr. Forster Ndubisi, and a team of three graduate students (Xue Li, Sinan Zhong, and Wenyan Ji) from the Department of Landscape and Urban Planning at Texas A&M University concluded the development of the Master Plan of the Thompson & Grace Medical City.  The Master Plan of the Medical City was developed under the three overarching guiding principles: (a) health living for all (PEOPLE), (b) sustainable and low-impact development (ENVIRONMENT), and (c) project feasibility and economic and cultural development (ECONOMY). 

The city’s master plan is an integrated development that will have multiple land uses including a medical university park, research institutions, real estate and hospitality. Upon completion, the city will be home to an 800-bed world-class medical center, and a series of specialty clinics in the medical park. This central unit will be connected to a series of ambulatory primary care centers distributed throughout the state. The entire medical city is a world-class health system (WCHS) driven by a vision to bring health services of world class standard to Sub-Saharan Africa.

The vision of Thompson & Grace Medical University is to become the leader in health care, medicine, research and education. The mission is to create possibility for innovative research in medicine and health care in Africa, to deliver medical education and provide affordable medical and health services of the highest quality possible.  Thus, the objective of Thompson & Grace Medical City is to cater to the needs of all the people living and working in the city, and all the people visiting the city for medical and other reasons. 

The City will establish a “LIVE, WORK, PLAY, and LEARN” model for future healthcare development projects in Africa and beyond. The goals of the City are to:

  • Promote healthy and active living
  • Foster a sense of place and community identity
  • Ensure safety and security
  • Provide efficient multimodal transportation systems
  • Provide diverse and mixed land uses and housing options
  • Incorporate multi-functional green infrastructure
  • Support sustainable and low impact developments
  • Integrate productive landscapes and food systems planning
  • Support employment and education opportunities
  • Accommodate development phasing and expansion needs

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