His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, UAE Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, has honored a record-breaking number of RAK Medical & Health Sciences University students by bestowing on them their graduation certificates.
A total of 304 students in the fields of Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Nursing are being recognized at the state-of-the-art university across 2 Convocation Ceremonies (Thursday September 27 and Thursday October 4). The total number of graduates in the last academic year represents a 28% increase on 2016 graduate numbers and a 145% increase on 2013.
Ras Al Khaimah Medical & Health Sciences University (RAKMHSU) opened in 2006 with just 22 students and now there are more than 1,300 from 50 countries, being taught by a skilled faculty numbering 300.
At the first Convocation Ceremony, university President Dr. S Gurumadhva Rao delivered a speech to congratulate the students and highlight the progress RAKMHSU has made in the past 12 years, in terms of campus expansion, increased student enrolment and variety of courses offered.
This year’s alumni embark on their careers when the healthcare industry requires qualified staff. An Alpen Capital report states that, by 2025, Dubai will require 8,300 physicians and 8,800 nurses, while McKinsey and Co. predict demand for healthcare in the GCC will increase by 240% in the next 20 years.
His Highness Sheikh Saud said:
“These Ras Al Khaimah Medical & Health Sciences University graduates highlight the talent our Emirate is proudly producing as we continue to improve and introduce more educational institutions in Ras Al Khaimah.
Education is fundamental to the prosperity of our nation and I am confident these graduates will inspire our younger generations. I congratulate their efforts and wish them a successful future.”
President Dr. S Gurumadhva Rao said:
“This group of graduates is our largest yet, as Ras Al Khaimah Medical & Health Sciences University continues to lead the way and fulfill the growing need for highly skilled healthcare professionals.
They enter the medical field at a time when physicians and particularly nurses are in high demand across the UAE, so they will help address the chronic shortages the sector faces.”
Of the 304 graduates, 86 are from Medical; 65 from Dental; 41 from Pharmacy; and 112 from Nursing.
The Convocation Ceremony was attended by Dr. Abdul Rahman Bin Mohamed Al Owais, the Minister of Health & Prevention, and a number of other senior university and RAK Government officials.
Source: RAK Media Office