RAKMHSU is the First Comprehensive Health Sciences University in UAE under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah and Supreme Council Member, United Arab Emirates.
With the continued unstinted support from His Highness, RAKMHSU is marching forward as per its Vision, Mission, Goals and Objectives. Now, RAKMHSU is fully owned and managed by the Government of Ras Al Khaimah. Further, all the programs have been fully accredited by the Commission for Academic Accreditation under the Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research. RAKMHSU is known for its absolutely honest and transparent administration, focusing on professionalism and issue based functioning.
From the humble beginning with 22 students, RAKMHSU has grown remarkably well, now having about 1220 students from 50 different Nationalities. Similarly, RAKMHSU is proud to have 110 Teaching Faculty, 120 Non-teaching Staff and 125 Adjunct Faculty hailing from 32 different countries. Actually, RAKMHSU has become a role model of synergy and cooperation among the students and faculty of different nationalities and religions pursuing with commitment their respective professional careers. The continued significant contribution from our committed faculty has helped RAKMHSU immensely in improving the academic standards. RAKMHSU is proud to maintain a Student-Teacher Ratio at 7:1, which is more than an ideal situation.
One of the happiest moments for RAKMHSU was the First Convocation in 2011, which saw 19 Medical and 48 Nursing students getting their degrees from the hands of His Highness Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi.
It is also a matter of pride for RAKMHSU for being able to be the First in UAE to start two year Masters Programs in Nursing and Pharmacy. Now, in addition to the MS in Adult Health Nursing (MSN), MS in Clinical Pharmacy, we also have MS in Pediatric Nursing, MS in Community Health Nursing, MS in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing, MS in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and MS in Pharmaceutics after due accreditation. It is also heartening to see our Nursing and Pharmacy Graduates getting placements in different hospitals and industries immediately after their graduation. It is also satisfying to note that our students have not only done well in some of the external qualifying examinations, (PLAB, USMLE etc.) but also have done well in both Dubai Health Care and Health Authority of Abu Dhabi (HAAD) Examinations.
RAKMHSU continues to improve the teaching-learning including clinical teaching. It is noteworthy to mention that more than 40% of our students are recipients of merit scholarships from either Sheikh Saqr foundation for Excellence or through Ministry of Health & Prevention or other Government and NGO organizations. Further, most of our students who participated in various conferences both within RAKMHSU and outside received several awards including Sports awards.
Looking at the progress made in the last 13 years, RAKMHSU continued to focus on the Student satisfaction level. It is very gratifying to see that the ratings based on the IRO feedback has seen a consistent improvement from as low as 2.50 out of 5 – to – 4.51 out of 5, in the different services like Academic Advising, Admissions, Examinations, Student Services, Finance & HR, IT facilities, Library and other services.
With the implementation of University Management System, the university functioning has been made simple, fast, paperless and more effective. Nothing can be more satisfying to the University when we know that our students, who are the end users, not only understand the facilities available but also utilize them properly. In this connection, I really appreciate the efforts of the Institutional Research Office (IRO), who is working very hard to collect and analyze the data very systematically and all other offices of the University and the four Constituent Colleges.
Thanks to the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between RAKMHSU and the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MOHAP), through which our students get hands on clinical experience in both Sheikh Saqr, Obaidullah and Omran Hospitals in Ras Al Khaimah, and Fujairah Hospital in Fujairah. Commissioning of the Geriatric hospital with 140 beds has added to the comprehensiveness of the clinical teaching. Further, the Clinical teaching for medical students has been strengthened by the addition of 12 Core Clinical Faculty in addition to the Adjunct faculty from the respective hospitals.
The Ministry of Health and Prevention also Sponsors UAE Nationals for the Nursing Program, both for Undergraduate and Masters programs.
RAK College of Dental Sciences offers free patient service as far as the dental care is concerned, which has become a big boon for not only the people of Ras Al Khaimah, but also the entire UAE.
To further expand the facilities for Electives and Clinical Training in other areas as well, RAKMHSU has Memorandum of Understandings with both National and International Institutions and hospitals viz., Sheikh Khalifa Specialty Hospital, Ras Al Khaimah; Tawam Hospital, Al-Ain, UAE; Julphar Pharmaceuticals, UAE; Dabur International Ltd (DIL), Ras Al Khaimah; UAE Genetic Diseases Association, UAE; Mafraq Hospital, Dubai, UAE; American University of Ras Al Khaimah, UAE; Al Ahalia Hospital, Abu Dhabi; The Hashemite University, Jordan; University of Findlay, USA; Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center – New Orleans School of Nursing, USA; International American University College of Medicine, Vieux For, St. Lucia, US; Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences, Malaysia; Charles University, Prague; University of Basrah, Iraq; Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences (Deemed University), Nagpur, India; Rajarajeswari Medical College & Hospital, India; Dr. MGR Educational and Research Institute, India; Catholic University of Murcia, Spain; Chung-Ang University, Korea; Hacettepe University Turkey; The University of Health Sciences Antigua School of Medicine, Antigua; The City of London Dental School, UK, Al Azhar University, Military Medical Academy, EVA Pharma, Benha University & October 6 University (all in Egypt).
RAKMHSU is fortunate to have matching physical and infrastructure facilities such as classrooms, multipurpose laboratories and a Clinical Skills Laboratory, which are critical for the faculty to achieve the goals and objectives of each and every course of different programs. The University recognizes the highly commendable work done by the office of the Finance & Administration, and facility management in creating these facilities in a record time. Now, the construction of two additional buildings to meet the requirements of both Nursing and Pharmacy Colleges, has already been completed along with a Sports Complex, which are being utilized optimally not only by RAKMHSU students but also by the students of many other educational institutions. In addition, the RAK College of Dental Sciences has its own State of Art building with all the ultra-modern dental facilities.
Our state of the art Library has grown into one of the best libraries in UAE with more than 25,293 text books and 3535 Online Journals (PROQUEST and CINAHL) in addition to Computer, Internet and Wi-Fi facilities. Students and Faculty including Adjunct Clinical Faculty have access to these facilities from outside the campus too and through four satellite Libraries. Micromedex, which is a database of drugs, specially serves the Clinical Pharmacy department and its Masters students. In addition to the main Library, RAKMHSU has satellite libraries in RAK College of Dental Sciences and all the teaching hospitals of Ministry of Health & Prevention.
The Center for Education Development and Research (CEDAR) continues its efforts in organizing several important workshops with the main purpose of helping the faculty (both teaching & non-teaching) to acquire the necessary skills of teaching, learning and assessment and other specialized skills.
The Office of Examinations continues to improve upon the process of examination and its organization. Several books on MCQs were procured in each and every course to help the faculty to come out with better quality questions. In addition, several processes of examinations have been streamlined. The Vetting Committees for both MCQs and PBLs are making earnest attempt to improve the Quality of both in addition to their uniform implementation across all colleges. The Office is conducting online examinations for more than 196 courses each semester across four constituent colleges in a very systematic way. The meticulous hard work of our students resulted in an overall pass percentage of over 95% with more than 26% obtaining excellent or outstanding grades. Starting from the year 2010, the University has instituted a system of academic honors for students with excellent academic achievements.
In addition to the celebration of UAE National Day, RAKMHSU Cultural Day and the Student Scientific Conference were some of the highlights of student activities every year. It is very gratifying to note the high level of participation by students in both Oral and Poster Presentations at the Research Conference. In addition to the academic achievements, our students excel in several co-curricular and extracurricular activities including the sports activities within and outside RAKMHSU, bringing laurels to the University. The Office of the Student Affairs is to be commended for initiating all the activities and managing a high level of student involvement.
RAKMHSU was quite fortunate to be the host for several dignitaries who visited RAKMHSU on several occasions. To mention a few, Dr. Lauren Arnold, Advisor to Health Minister, UAE; Dr. Fathima al Rifai, Secretary, NMC, UAE; Mr. Richard Mottershead, Senior Lecturer, Glyndon University; Dr. Mohammed Shein, President, Zanzibar (Tanzania); Dr. Mariam Matar, Chairman, UAE Genetic Diseases Association; Dr. Satish Chandra, Research Director & Head, Clinical Research, Tawam Hospital, Al-Ain; Dr. Udupa, Principal, Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Manipal, India; Dr. Jey Pillai, Clinical Pharmacist, St. Rose Hospital, Siena Campus, US; Dr. Fadil Citaku, CEO, Academy of Leadership Sciences, Switzerland; Prof. Francisco J. Gutierrez, Laureate Education Inc; Delegation from the New York State Education Department, US; Flemish Delegation; Sanford University, Sheikh Khalifa Specialty Hospital, H.E. Mbarouk Nassor Mbarouk, Ambassador of the United Republic of Tanzania to the United Arab Emirates, Khalifa University, School of Pharmacy & Pharmacology, Griffith University, Australia; Julphar, UAE; Louisiana State University Health Centre; Chicago College of Pharmacy Midwestern University Chicago, USA; Wingate University School of Pharmacy, Wingate, North Carolina, USA.
RAKMHSU conducts several CME programs with the help of faculty. Large number of delegates attend the CMEs and it was a nice feeling for us to receive accolades from everybody for the facilities and the way CMEs were organized. RAKMHSU thanks whole heartedly the Ministry of Health, Adjunct Clinical faculty and other NGOs like AKMG for the close cooperation in organizing these CMEs. The CME Programs on “Cardiology Update” which hosted more than 600 delegates, “World Hypertension Day” 2nd RAKCON Scientific Nursing Conference “Making a Difference: Strengthening Nursing Education, Practice and Research for Quality Patient Care”, were the other CMEs organized by RAKMHSU. International Conference in Nephrology also being held twice in a year.
We are aware, that the reputation and fame of the University does not depend upon the bricks or physical facilities alone, but on the quality of faculty and the performance of the students. It is gratifying to note that our students are coping up very well with their demanding schedules. Faculty are, no doubt playing their role effectively as friends, philosophers and guides to the student body.
Our faculties have made a beginning by attending more Conferences, both National and International in addition to publishing around 352 research articles in reputed journals and research projects.
We are grateful to His Highness Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, for his continuous guidance and support. His Highness has been kind enough to award around 30 full scholarships to the meritorious students through Sheikh Saqr Program for Government Excellence (SSPGE). Further, the University also grants merit scholarships based on the grades in the respective semesters.
I convey my deep sense of appreciation to the Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA), Ministry of Education and Higher Education Affairs and Ministry of Health & Prevention (MOHAP), IIDO for their guidance, prompt action and timely help.
RAKMHSU is highly indebted to all the Board Members, Advisory Board Members and RAK Investment Development Office (IDO) for their constant advice, guidance and support.
All our Deans in the University including the College Deans have been a constant source of strength from the beginning. I am extremely thankful to them. We do appreciate the efforts of all the University Officials, faculty and students for keeping the flag of RAKMHSU flying high.
We earnestly hope that with the cooperation of the Government and people of Ras Al Khaimah, and guidance from the Commission for Academic Accreditation and Ministry of Health & Prevention, RAKMHSU will march forward successfully to achieve its goals and create a niche in Health Education and Healthcare.
Dr. S Gurumadhva Rao