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Strong foundation of research essential for future: Sheikh Hamdan

Staff Reporter/Dubai
Filed on June 24, 2020
dubai, sheikh hamdan, coronavirus, covid19


'Sheikh Mohammed's vision inspires us to develop our national human capital'

A strong foundation of scientific and academic research is essential to realise our aspirations for the future, said Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council.

To create a solid research base, it is critical to continue efforts to reinforce Dubai's position as a leading international destination for the academic and research community in line with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, he added.

"Sheikh Mohammed's vision inspires us to develop our national human capital, which is critical to accelerating our sustainable development journey in every sector. Investing in scientific and medical research and the healthcare sector represents one of the nation's key strategic priorities," Sheikh Hamdan said.

Sheikh Hamdan's remarks came as he visited the Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences (MBRU) on Wednesday.

He added: "Our strategy is focused on developing initiatives to foster innovation and enhance the quality of education. We believe this is vital to finding unique solutions to the challenges we face and opening new paths to accelerate our journey to the future. The progress achieved by our scientific establishments reassure us about our ability to establish leadership in this domain. The MBRU is one of the prime examples for establishments in our country that provide a high quality of education. Such institutions are critical to enhance the healthcare sector and the quality of healthcare services, which are integral elements of Dubai's plan to achieve sustainable development."

During the visit, Sheikh Hamdan toured the main building of MBRU and was briefed about its plans, initiatives, programmes, accomplishments and private sector partnerships. Sheikh Hamdan also toured the Al Maktoum Medical Library and met virtually with a number of patients who have benefited from the university's programmes.

Sheikh Hamdan also visited the Medical Simulation Centre, a fully accredited medical education and training facility equipped with hospital-grade equipment. The centre is the largest such facility in Dubai.

He was also briefed about the MBRU Community Immunity Programme, which seeks to break the chain of Covid-19 infection by raising awareness of how infectious diseases are transmitted and proposing solutions and concrete preventive actions to combat the virus.

The Dubai Crown Prince also met with the team of Dubai's Covid-19 Command and Control Centre, which includes 1,800 employees from the public and private sector who work on ensuring coordination and aligning the efforts of healthcare establishments and frontline organisations to combat the virus. He was briefed by team leaders of the centre on its operations, plans and research efforts.

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