Gulf Medical University’s New Board of Governors Meet; Commit to Transform the University into the First Private ‘Academic Health System’ in the Region

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The new Board of Governors (BoG) of the Gulf Medical University (GMU), Ajman, headed by the Founder, President of the BoG Mr. Thumbay Moideen, met on Saturday, February 4, 2017, to deliberate on the future strategic plans while reminiscing the accomplishments of the year gone by.

Also attending the meeting were Prof. Hossam Hamdy – Chancellor of GMU and Prof. Gita Ashok Raj – Provost of GMU. Other members of the board include Prof. Richard Raymond – President & CEO of Medical College of Wiscosin, USA; Dr. Lorenzo. M. Leoni – Managing Partner TiVenture (Agrie Invest), Switzerland; Dr. Mohammed Amin Al Awadi  – Assistant Undersecretary for Training & Planning – Ministry of Health, Bahrain; Prof. Nadia Badrawi – Vice – President and Founder – ANQAHE , Cairo, Egypt; Dr. Tayeb A. Kamali – Director General, Education and Training, Ministry of Interior – Abu Dhabi, UAE; Prof. Salem Chouaib – Director of Research, Institute Gustave Roussy, Paris, France; Mr. Feroz Allana – Director, IFFCO Group of Companies, Sharjah, UAE; Mr. Hamid Taylor – General Manager, Finance House, Abu Dhabi, UAE and Mr. Akbar Moideen Thumbay – Vice President – Healthcare Division, Thumbay Group – Ajman, UAE.

The BoG discussed in the strategic plans to make GMU one of the leading international universities in education, healthcare and research. “The University is expanding its networks of affiliated Thumbay academic hospitals, clinics, pharmacies and diagnostic labs. The Thumbay academic hospital network will have a total of 1000 beds in the UAE, 1500 beds in India and 750 beds elsewhere in the Gulf and Africa by 2022, taking the total number of hospitals to 15 worldwide. The Gulf Medical University – Ajman will soon become a full-fledged University with Engineering and Management courses in addition to Medicine. The Group also plans to open three new University campuses across 3 different countries. By 2022, Thumbay Group plans to add 25 Thumbay Labs and 100 Thumbay Pharmacies,” explained Mr. Thumbay Moideen, detailing on the strategic objectives.

Prof. Hossam Hamdy, the Chancellor said that GMU was undergoing a major transformation, that new strategic objectives have been identified and the expansion plans aim to develop the University into the first private Academic Health System in the region. “Our transformation into an Academic Health System will not only impact the health of the community, but it will also contribute in a big way to advances in education, healthcare and research, in addition to significantly improving the quality of patient care,” he added.

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