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UAE: More than 1,600 scholarships awarded to Emirati students in the health sector


Dubai: Nafis, a federal program that supports Emiratis in the private sector, has signed five memorandums of understanding with higher education institutions in the United Arab Emirates to expand Emirati involvement in the health sector through of Nafis’ “National Health Care Program” initiative.

The new initiative, which opened for registration in late July, received applications from 3,721 Emirati students through the Higher Colleges of Technology, Fatima College of Health Sciences, Fujairah University, University of Sharjah, University of Ajman, Gulf Medical University and Ras Al Khaimah University of Medical and Health Sciences.

As many as 1,621 Emirati students have been accepted and started their studies, while those who have not met the initiative’s eligibility criteria will be listed for the initiative’s development program.

Scholarships paid

According to the MoUs, NAFIS will work closely with the five academic institutions: Higher Colleges of Technology, University of Sharjah, University of Ajman, Gulf Medical University and University of Science Medical and Health Services of Ras Al-Khaimah, to provide paid scholarships. It will also provide the training, labs and workshops needed to develop the skills of students and equip them with the qualifications they need to thrive in the health sector.

Academic programs included in the “National Health Care Curriculum” include the Health Care Assistant Program, Diploma/Higher Diploma in Emergency Medicine, and Bachelor of Nursing, in addition to a number of other practical and specialized health care and health assistant programs, which will be implemented in the future to enhance the participation of Emiratis in this vital sector.

Ghannam Al Mazrouei, Secretary General of the Emirates Talent Competitiveness Council (ETCC), the federal entity overseeing Nafis, said: “As the UAE moves to expand its national healthcare system to meet the growing needs of their population, we hope we see a greater presence of UAE nationals in this vital sector. Starting at the source of the health sector, the educational institutions, is a crucial step in the country’s ambitious health plans.


Al Mazrouei added that these partnerships align with the aspirations of the leaders to cooperate with all governmental and private entities to achieve Nafis’ objectives and support the implementation of its initiatives and programs, stressing that Nafis will strive to provide the budget necessary to cover the expenses of the study programs offered by these educational institutions to Emirati students in the field of health.

Saif Ahmed Al Suwaidi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratization for Emiratization, said: “The importance of the health sector has increased significantly over the past few years, particularly in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, during which healthcare personnel have become the first line of defense against the pandemic. We have also seen significant interest in joining the healthcare sector thanks to the generous support of the UAE government. »

He added, “In recognition of the government’s efforts to develop this sector, it is a priority to increase the presence of UAE nationals in healthcare and provide them with all the qualifications and skills they need.”

Registration methods and other program membership details will be announced at a later date.