Sharjah takes fresh leap in health sector

SHARJAH — His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council, Ruler of Sharjah and Supreme President of the University of Sharjah (UoS), formally opened the new Colleges of Medical and Health Sciences yesterday, in the presence of local and international medical and health officials and academics.

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Published: Wed 22 Dec 2004, 10:44 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 1:32 PM

Located at the Sharjah University City, the new complex houses state-of-the-art laboratory and classroom facilities with advanced instructional technologies. It houses the Colleges of Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Health Sciences, in addition to a training hospital and faculty housing facilities. The programmes will be offered in cooperation with Monash University, Australia, following an agreement signed between the UoS and the Australian university in building up academic programmes, staff recruitment and facility establishment.

In his address after formally declaring open the institution, Dr Shaikh Sultan said: “The inauguration of the Colleges of Medicine and Health Sciences takes us one step further toward the fulfilment of our original objective based on the principle of openness and cooperation for the benefit of mankind, away from all narrow-minded racial or sectarian affiliations. It is a principle in which Arabs and the Muslims firmly believe, contrary to what, sadly, is being rumoured about them these days.”

He extended thanks to all those working at the UoS who contributed to this large-scale project and to all the men and women from Monash University, Australia, whose contributions to this project will be a source of pride and recognition for the institution.

“The project in its entirety will be yet another step forward in the University of Sharjah's endeavours to fulfil the objectives it was originally established to serve,” Dr Shaikh Sultan said, not failing to thank Etisalat for its efforts in building the edifice and donating it to the Emirate of Sharjah to serve the needs of knowledge and students.

Professor Ismail Al Bishri, Chancellor of UoS, said the Colleges of Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy is another landmark to emphasise the role of Sharjah in developing the community in all spheres. This is particularly vital due to the importance of such colleges in providing health services to the community and ensuring that its health needs are met, whether by means of preventative medicine or through the provision of medical services and medicines, he said.

Furthermore, the establishment of medical colleges is fundamental for the purpose of keeping abreast of the latest developments in science and technology and research activities, said Al Bishri. The establishment of such colleges enhances the status of our University and adds to the research momentum gained by this institution, he added.

Also addressing the guests includes Professor Ulrich Sigwart from the University of Geneva, Professor Bernhard Heintz, Germany and Professor Philip Salem, Director, Cancer Research Programme at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital in Houston, US.

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