In line with the nation’s commitment to invest in healthcare sciences education, the University of Fujairah has signed a partnership agreement with one of the country’s leading medical equipment providers, Leader Medical Supplies Trading LLC. Through the new partnership, the University of Fujairah and Leader Healthcare will establish a Simulation Centre for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Programme. Under the terms of the agreement, both parties will collaborate to build a knowledge-based society aligned with simulation-based healthcare education.
The partnership’s primary goal is to develop a simulation-based educational programme that enriches the curriculum and enhances the nursing students’ skill set to envision and deliver highly skilled and competent nursing graduates for the region.
Designed to be an immersive ‘real world’ experience, this state-of-the-art Simulation Center will be the first of its kind in the region to feature fully glass-walled bed units partitioned to give the impression of an open ward/unit. Individualised teaching and learning of clinical skills can be implemented simultaneously in the 27 separate simulation bed spaces enabling medical and nursing trainees to practice key skills and techniques in a risk-free environment. Nursing students will also learn how to deliver water births in baths through simulation, unlike any other simulation facility in the region.
Additionally, Leader Healthcare will also allow the University of Fujairah to enable learning with virtual reality in teaching anatomy and physiology for its first nursing college programme.
The partnership agreement is funded by the Fujairah Charity Association, the main benefactor of the university. The agreement was signed by Professor Sameh Ghwanmeh, Chancellor of the University of Fujairah, and Mr Sukhdeep Sachdev, Global Chief Executive Officer, Leader Healthcare at the University of Fujairah campus on 9 March 2021.
Professor Sameh Ghwanmeh confirmed that the programme includes all the necessary qualities to provide an innovative, accredited nursing programme that delivers quality education, professional certifications, and job opportunities.
Furthermore, The Honorable, Mr Youssef Al-Murshoudi, Executive Committee Member, University of Fujairah and General Manager of Fujairah Charity Association, reaffirmed: “With the introduction of this programme, the University of Fujairah will be leading the healthcare sciences’ programmes, starting with nursing, as per the nation’s agenda for education.”
Dr Corrien Van Belkum, Dean of the College of Health Sciences, emphasised: “The educational strategies implemented to teach nursing students clinical skills will be innovative, interactive and student-centred.”
Mr Sukhdeep Sachdev concluded: “We believe as the nation believes, to encourage the skills of students and develop skillset-based programmes. We want to provide equipment embedded with innovative technology and the expertise of our team to enable advanced simulation-based learning.”