Wed 29-06-2022 18:56 PM
DUBAI, 29th June, 2022 (WAM) -- The Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences (MBRU) celebrated the graduation of the ‘Class of Khalifa’ last evening at Dubai Opera, held under the patronage and in the presence of H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chancellor of MBRU and Chairman of Dubai Academic Health Corporation’s Board of Directors.
H.H. Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice Chairman of Dubai Academic Health Corporation's Board of Directors also attended the ceremony.
The ‘Class of Khalifa’ included the first cohort to graduate from the College of Medicine, College of Nursing and Midwifery and the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Programme, in addition to a new cohort of graduates from the postgraduate programmes at Hamdan Bin Mohammed College of Dental Medicine.
Sheikh Ahmed congratulated the graduates and expressed his pride in their achievements, emphasising that a class proudly bestowed with the name of the late Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan will follow his wise vision and be inspired by his legacy.
He stressed that MBRU's achievements are in line with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to transform Dubai into a global centre of excellence for both education and healthcare.
He expressed confidence that today's graduates will contribute to strengthening the health sector in line with the vision of the leadership.
The guest of honour, Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashemy, Minister of State for International Cooperation, in her speech said, "This university inspired and made possible by the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has bestowed upon you a world-class education. Yet it is you who are on the frontline – only you – and it is your talent, your commitment and your compassion that will determine the shape of our shared future."
Dr. Raja Al Gurg, Member of Dubai Academic Health Corporation's Board of Directors, delivered the opening speech on behalf of MBRU's Chancellor, H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, encouraging the graduates to use their experience and knowledge in promoting healthcare, medical education, and research to advance health and serve humanity.
In his welcome address, Dr. Amer Sharif, President of MBRU and CEO of Dubai Academic Health Corporation, thanked the leadership whose exceptional support and trust played a significant role in the University's development and growth. He also praised the tireless efforts of the students, the MBRU team, the University's academic partner, Queen's University Belfast, and all MBRU's friends, partners, supporters, and donors who trusted the University's vision and contributed to realising its goals.
The ‘Class of Khalifa’ consists of 108 graduates including 40 from the first cohort of the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) programme at the College of Medicine, and 54 from the Hamdan bin Mohammed College of Dental Medicine with master’s degrees in various dental specialties. The graduating cohort also included the first cohort of master’s students in biomedical sciences, and the first cohort of master’s students in cardiovascular nursing and pediatric nursing at the College of Nursing and Midwifery.
The cohort also comprised the first graduates from Al Jalila Children's Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program run in academic partnership with MBRU. The programme is accredited by the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties.
The first cohort of Kuwaiti dental specialists was also honoured. These graduates studied at MBRU as part of an agreement with The Kuwait Institute for Medical Specialisation.