Dubai Health Authority and the Higher Colleges of Technology sign MoU
- Dubai Health Authority and the Higher Colleges of Technology sign MoU to strengthen capabilities of Emirati medical cadres
- The MoU will benefit the 2,300 students studying health sciences in HCT
The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) and Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Wednesday to strengthen the capabilities of Emirati medical cadres.
The MoU aims to contribute to developing human capabilities specialized in various health care fields, raising the efficiency of health personnel and supporting the health sector.
H.E Humaid Al Qutami, Director General of the DHA and Dr. Abdullatif M. Al Shamsi President & CEO, Higher Colleges of Technology signed the MoU at the DHA headquarters in Dubai on Wednesday.
The MoU contributes to consolidating the bonds of joint cooperation between the two parties in the fields of medical education and practical training to qualify and enable Emirati students to work in the health field.
It also aims to equip graduates with the necessary skills and competencies necessary to effectively contribute to the health sector.
As part of the MoU, both parties will exchange experiences and knowledge with one and another and utilize resources, capabilities and expertise available to both parties.
The MoU will also see the sponsoring and attracting of talented students within the medicine and science programme offered by the authority with the aim of employing them upon graduation in a manner that meets the aspirations of the authority and its needs from these cadres.
The signing of this MoU comes within the efforts made by the DHA in the field of supporting Emiratisation in the health sector and providing the health sector with qualified cadres in various specialties according to the best international standards and encouraging students to engage in various health specialties.
Commenting on the MoU, Al Qutami confirmed that the DHA has put in place a clear Emiratisation policy, which is supported by a set of initiatives and programs that are being implemented to provide the health sector with distinguished medical cadres, in all medical specialties, especially specialties whose services are growing in demand.
He commended HCT, which he said is one of the most prestigious academic institutions that has succeeded in supplying the labour market with highly qualified national cadres across various fields and disciplines, which is why this MoU provides an important opportunity to further enhance the health sector.
He stressed that the colleges contribute directly to the development of the national human capital, with its advanced scientific and professional programs.
Meanwhile, Dr Al Shamsi said that HCT values this partnership, which will contribute to training students and preparing them to work in the job market. He added that the MoU will also see both parties working together to develop programs to ensure that students are provided with the skills and knowledge required in line with the latest advancements in the field.
He stressed the importance of attracting national competencies to work in the health field, especially as we are facing the COVID-19 pandemic and seeing first hand, the essential and pivotal role of our medical cadres, as the first line of defense.
“This played a big role in directing us as an educational institution to expand further in our specializations and increase our efforts in attracting student to health sciences programs,”
he said. He also noted that currently, there are 2,300 students studying health sciences in HCT, which provides eight majors in the field. This includes nursing and emergency medicine, pharmaceuticals, medical laboratories, medical radiology, health information systems, veterinary sciences and social services.