Harvard to set up overseas medical campus in Dubai

DUBAI -The Dubai Health Care City (DHCC) and Harvard Medical International (HMI) on Monday unveiled the full scope and vision of Harvard's first overseas campus for postgraduate studies and research to open in Dubai, which will admit the first batch of students by the second quarter of 2006.

By Hani M. Bathish

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Published: Tue 1 Jun 2004, 11:50 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 1:50 PM

As outlined by its chairman, Saeed Al Muntafiq, the DHCC's long-term goal is to stop the brain drain of skilled medical professionals from the region and the UAE specifically.

The establishment of the Harvard Medical School Dubai Center (HMSDC) was announced on Monday at a Press briefing at the Dubai Press Club by Mr Muntafiq and Dr Robert K. Crone, Dean for International Programmes at Harvard Medical School and President of HMI.

Ahead of the grand opening of this ground-breaking project, the first in Harvard's 217-year history since its Shanghai campus closed in 1915, HMI will organise clinical and research fellowships at its Bostom campus and in European institutions for the cream of physicians and scientists from the UAE and the region, in addition to organising specialty observorships.

The HMI and DHCC will also act in the role of quality watchdog, requiring all institutions that plan to join the DHCC to obtain accreditation from internationally recognised accreditation bodies. The HMI will also provide physicians the opportunity to update their skills with the latest developments in their specialities.

Dr Crone said that the HMSDC will rake in an estimated $4 to $5 million a year in revenue. Mr Muntafiq said that in the first year HMSDC expects to enroll around 50 graduate students.

"It will be easier for medical practitioners from the region to do their specialisation and postgraduate studies in Dubai rather than travel abroad. In many cases, the most talented physicians stay abroad in the country where they did their postgraduate work, as a result the region suffers a brain drain.

Mr Muntafiq said that over a period of time the HMSDC aims to eliminate this brain drain and provide high quality research-based health care to the people of Dubai, eliminating the need to travel abroad for treatment. The Harvard Medical School Dubai Centre will also provide programmes for nurses, medical technicians and health care managers.

Dr Crone outlined HMI's expertise in over 40 countries, where for the past 10 years it has worked with over 50 educational institutions to develop medical education and research programmes to ensure that "no citizen of the world should have to leave his country to obtain high-quality health care".

Professor George E. Thibault, Professor of Medicine and Director of the Academy, Harvard Medical School, pointed to the huge success that HMI's first continuous medical training programme met with in Dubai.


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