Emirates News Agency – “NAFES” signs 5 MoUs with academic institutions to increase participation of Emirati students in the healthcare sector

ABU DHABI, September 21 / WAM / The “Nafis” initiative, which aims to increase Emiratis’ participation in the private sector workforce, today signed five MoUs with educational institutions in the UAE to expand the scope of citizens’ participation in the health sector within the “Health Program” initiative that was launched. Registration opened to become a member at the end of July last year.

So far, the “Health Program” has received 3,721 applications from Emirati students through Fatima College of Health Sciences, Higher Colleges of Technology and Fujairah University, in addition to the University of Sharjah and Ajman, Gulf Medical University and Ras Al Khaimah University of Medicine and Health Sciences Students who did not meet the criteria in a development program linked to the initiative.

According to the MoUs, Nafes will work closely with the five educational institutions, namely Higher Colleges of Technology, University of Sharjah, Ajman University, Gulf Medical University and Ras Al Khaimah University of Medicine and Health Sciences to offer paid scholarships, in addition to offering specialized trainers, laboratories and workshops to hone students’ skills and enhance competence and provide the necessary qualification.

The academic programs included in the “health education” include the health assistant program for high school graduates, the diploma/further education in emergency medicine as well as a bachelor’s program in nursing, in addition to a number of other approved professional and specialized health and assistants. health programs that will be offered in the future with the aim of increasing citizens’ opportunities to enter this vital sector.

His Excellency Ghannam Al Mazrouei, Secretary General of the UAE National Competitiveness Council, the federal authority overseeing the “NAFES” program, said: “The UAE is keen to develop and strengthen the national health system to meet the demands and needs in its It is within the workforce in this vital sector, so we turned to the main source to raise a qualified national cadre in this area, which are the academic institutions that provide specialized curricula and programs in health care, which constitutes an important step. to support the ambitious health plans in the country.”

Al Mazrouei pointed out that Nafes’ partnership with educational institutions “is in line with the wise leadership’s vision to strengthen cooperation between all public and private agencies and support the implementation of Nafes’ initiatives and programs,” stressing that “NAFES” will function to provide the necessary budget to cover the expenses of the qualification and study programs it provides Educational institutions for Emirati students in the field of health.

His Excellency Saif Ahmed Al Suwaidi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratization for Emiratization Affairs, said: “The importance of the health sector has increased significantly over the past few years, especially in light of the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, where the health team has emerged as an essential part of the first line of defense in the face of the epidemic. We have also witnessed a significant increase in the number of people belonging to the health and nursing sector as a result of the support that this sector receives from UAE Government.”

He added: “In appreciation of the government’s efforts to develop the healthcare sector, one of our top priorities is to increase the participation of UAE nationals in healthcare, improve their capabilities and enable them to obtain all the qualifications and skills they need.”

The registration method and all details related to registration for the mentioned programs will be announced at a later date.

WAM/ Ahmed Al Nuaimi/ Assem Al Khouli

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