Dubai: Mohammad Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences (MBRU) on Tuesday announced receiving a fund support of Dh5 million from Easa Saleh Al Gurg (ESAG) Charity Foundation to provide talented undergraduate Emirati students with scholarships for bachelor degree programmes offered at the university.
The agreement was signed at the foundation’s headquarters in Dubai.
The programme’s aim is to help develop the UAE health sector through scholarships for Emirati students who cannot afford to pay for their own education for the MBRU’s Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) six-year programme.
The scholarship programme comes ahead of the start of the first batch in September of the College of Medicine, in which 60 students will start their medical education journey. Scholarships will be granted to Emirati students meeting the necessary criteria from this batch.
Speaking on the importance of this partnership, Dr Amer Ahmad Sharif, Chief Executive Officer, Education Sector, Dubai Healthcare City Authority, said, “Initiatives such as this are an important factor in attracting Emirati students to the medical field. This will contribute in ... [developing] the UAE health sector.”
“I hope this generous gesture by the ESAG Charity Foundation will encourage other entities to follow suit so more students can benefit from scholarships,” he added.
One of the foundation’s main objectives is to develop the standards of the UAE higher education by supporting academic institutes, scientific research centres and public libraries as well as providing study and research grants to students.
Mariam Easa Saleh Al Gurg, vice-chairperson of the ESAG Charity Foundation, said: “This agreement aims to support the education sector in the emirate of Dubai, especially outstanding students who cannot afford to pay for their medical education. We are very pleased to have partnered with Mohammad Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences, a great edifice of higher and medical education in Dubai.”
The ESAG Charty Foundation also provides help and support for charity housing projects, orphanages, elderly homes, day-care centres and public libraries. It is also responsible for establishing and supporting medical facilities, rehabilitation centres, providing medical aid for the needy, assisting in the building of mosques, cultural centres and Islamic research centres.