Ajman: GMU transforms from local to global medical university, launches new programmes, colleges

Media Release

Ajman, Aug 9: Gulf Medical University (GMU), one of the top 50 medical educational institutes in the region, announced the launch of an academic Thumbay University Hospital, two new colleges and new programmes as part of its planned educational strategy.

Dr Thumbay Moideen, founder and president of Thumbay group has approved a budget of AED1 billion to expand and transform Thumbay Medicity into a comprehensive educational and academic hub.

The new programmes and colleges under Gulf Medical University were announced during a press conference hosted by the university chancellor, Professor Hossam Hamdy, at GMU.

The latest development includes the launch of two new colleges at the university, nursing college and college of Health Care Management and Health Economics, which bring the total number of colleges to six.

GMU will also introduce new higher education programmes in nursing during the academic year 2018-19.

As part of this expansion, two new programmes: Master’s degree in Public Health and another in Environmental Health and Toxicology, came as a result of a recently forged partnership between GMU and University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health (UA-MEZCOPH), USA.

The university had also signed several other memoranda of cooperation and understanding with a number of leading educational institutes, in an effort to enrich its students’ education.

Professor Hamdy also announced the launch of the University Hospital in Ajman in October. With an initial capacity of 350 beds, the new hospital’s capacity is expected to reach nearly 500 beds once it is fully operational.

The new hospital, one of three including the Dental Hospital and the Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy Hospital are all located at the Thumbay Medicity in Al Jurf, Ajman.

The university is also implementing the latest technologies in teaching and training students across all majors, to ensure their workplace readiness once they graduate.

One of the most prominent uses of technology in teaching is the Virtual Patient Learning (VPL), a simulation programme that enables medical students to diagnose, treat and observe a patient’s progress. Based on Artificial Intelligence technology and developed by GMU and a Swiss tech company Lifelike, secured top positions regionally and globally at the 2017 Reimagine Education Conference & Awards in the USA.

In terms of advancing healthcare in the UAE and globally, GMU had launched three facilities dedicated to medical research: Cancer Immunology and experimental oncology; Tumor genetic instability and immunogenicity; and biomarkers and functional genomics.