His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chancellor of Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences (MBRU) and Chairperson of the Board of Trustees, received Professor Ian Greer, President and Vice Chancellor of Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) - academic partner of MBRU .
His Highness Sheikh Ahmed praised the collaboration between both entities and the academic partnership with QUB that has significantly contributed to the development of MBRU, especially its College of Medicine. The meeting was also attended by Dr. Raja Easa Al Gurg, Vice-Chairperson of MBRU’s Board of Trustees, Dr. Amer Sharif, Vice Chancellor of MBRU and Professor Alawi Alsheikh-Ali, Dean of the College of Medicine at MBRU as well as other QUB dignitaries.
The academic partnership with Queen’s University Belfast has enabled MBRU to implement best practices and make great strides in its mission to improve health in the UAE and the region through an innovative and integrated academic health system that is nationally responsive and globally connected.
The meeting coincided with the official enrolment of MBRU’s third cohort of medical students, its largest to date, during a White Coat Ceremony. A total of 64 students representing 18 nationalities, the majority of which are UAE Nationals. Other nationalities include Canada, the United States of America, Austria, Jordan, Egypt, Kenya and South Africa to name a few, donned their white coats and recited the modern Hippocratic Oath.
The Class of 2024 recited the Oath to affirm their commitment to a professional career in medicine, as they were officially sworn into the University’s Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) program.
At the ceremony, MBRU’s supporters were honored for their efforts to grant MBRU sponsorships and scholarships to its College of Medicine Students. Members from the Dubai Health Authority, Ministry of Health and Prevention, Ministry of Presidential Affairs and His Highness The Ruler’s Court UAE were part of the honorees.
MBRU is committed to developing healthcare professionals of tomorrow in line with the National Advanced Sciences Agenda 2031. The MBBS program at MBRU gives students a unique opportunity to network with both local and international healthcare professionals who are invited to MBRU to speak on their area of practice and through unparalleled summer placement programs that enrich the students’ experiences with the objective of building a generation of innovators, researchers, and healthcare leaders who will be at the service of humanity.