Ras Al Khaimah Medical and Health Sciences University (RAKMHSU) has recently shifted to online study, to ensure no loss of academic days despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Ras Al Khaimah government-owned university, established in 2006, added that it is also supporting the UAE’s frontline fight against the coronavirus outbreak.
All its final-year nursing students have joined various Ministry of Health and Prevention (MOHAP) hospitals on an urgent basis, after completing all academic requirements. Also, final year medical students have finished their exams early and are ready for internship at MOHAP hospitals, which will support the ministry with more manpower.
Many of the nursing and medical students are also working as volunteers and frontline warriors in different hospitals. The university has collaborated with RAK Hospital for the diagnostic services of COVID-19, through which nearly 900 to 1,000 tests are done daily with the help from RAKMHSU faculty.
More than 600 nursing graduates, of whom 50% are UAE nationals, are serving the UAE healthcare sector in UAE after their graduation from RAKMHSU.
Dr. S. Gurumadhva Rao, President, RAKMHSU, has said, “We fully understand that quality education is the best way to empower the society. The healthcare education has an added advantage in empowering younger generation to care for others, if not cure.”
Based on Ministry of Education guidelines, all teaching was done for the last three months through online technology.
The university is also aiming to start MBA in Health Care Management and Medical Tourism. In addition to the onsite teaching, online teaching will be also used. In addition, several short-term courses in Ethics, Clinical research, Epidemiology, and others, are also planned.
RAKMHSU undergraduate and graduate programmes in Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Nursing are fully accredited by the Commission for Academic Accreditation under Ministry of Education. There are 1,220 students from 50 countries currently enrolled.
To support students and parents with financial assistance during these unprecedented times, the university has made special arrangements, including plans to refund some fees, and allowing some students to appear for the exam even though they have not cleared the tuition fees.
Source: Gulf News