New college promises leaders in healthcare sector
The Gulf Medical University (GMU), Ajman, has launched College of Healthcare Management and Economics to prepare future healthcare leaders. The unique, specialised college will open doors for students from the Spring semester 2019.
G mu chancellor prof. hos sam ham dy said that the main goal is to prepare the graduates to pursue careers in healthcare management, health economics, policy-making and administration in the region and international.
Addressing the media persons in Dubai on Sunday, the Chancellor said that the healthcare sector today is much more advanced and sophisticated than yesteryears, thanks to its continuous innovation and technical advancements, as well as the rising focus on specialised care and patient satisfaction.
“Present and future healthcare managers and policymakers need specialised education and skills which will help them fulill their roles in the rapidly changing, highly competitive health industry. It is with this fact in mind that GMU has launched its new college,” he said.
The irst full-ledged college of its kind in the Middle East region, the college offers bachelors and masters programmes designed to respond to the constantly growing health industry. The college has been established in view of the huge expansion of the healthcare industry, in the region and worldwide.
According to a 2018 GCC Healthcare Industry Report by Alpen Capital, the current healthcare expenditure in the GCC is projected to reach $104.6 billion in 2022 from an estimated $76.1 billion in 2017.
Furthermore, the GCC may require a collective bed capacity of 118,295 by 2022, indicating a demand for 12,358 new beds. To mitigate this demand, 700 new healthcare projects worth $60.9 billion are under various stages of development throughout the GCC.
“All these signify an increased demand for expert professionals in healthcare management, economics, technology assessment, informatics, medical insurance and medical tourism,” added Hamdi.
The new college offers two programmes. The Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management and Economics (BSC. HME) a four-year programme designed to graduate professionals with a deep understanding of the healthcare industry, its language and unique culture.
The Executive Master in Healthcare Management and Economics is a 12-month programme designed to beneit middle to senior level professionals in the healthcare industry. The programme would be highly beneicial for working professionals to improve their career prospects and widen their professional networks.
Dr Abu Bakr Ibrahim, Dean of College of Healthcare Management and Economics, said that the GMU is a specialised medical university offering the full spectrum of health professions education, including Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy etc. and the only university owning a network of teaching hospitals, clinics, pharmacies and diagnostic labs.
“The students will learn in a truly inter-professional atmosphere, experiencing multifaceted interactions within various healthcare systems,” he said.
The college and its programmes are accredited by the Ministry of Education, UAE. The programmes are offered in collaboration with leading international universities, the University of Milan, University of Arizona, American University of Cairo, University of Central Florida.