University of Iowa and Gulf Medical University Sign Partnership Deal

The partnership hopes to allow students from Gulf Medical University to come to the UI and vice versa.

American flagship public research university, the University of Iowa (UI) has announced partnership with UAE’s Gulf Medical University. The UI College of Pharmacy’s Assistant Dean for Professional Education, Susan Vos had been working on a project with Gulf Medical University about two years ago. The relationship between the two universities grew strong since then. Considering that the UI did not have relationships with Middle Eastern schools before, Vos who has worked on international exchanges was excited about the partnership with Gulf Medical University. Vos said that the partnership hopes to bring students from the Gulf Medical University to the UI and vice versa.

“We’d been talking, and we think this can be a great partnership. At their university, they offer the doctor of pharmacy degree, so we were discussing on how we can get our students exposed to each other via an exchange agreement. Compared to ours, they have a different educational system. They have a varied educational experience with a doctor of pharmacy degree, a master’s degree, or a bachelor’s degree. The region also works on following a collective vision for pharmacy education so that people offer similar programs,” said Vos.

Students will be shortlisted through a competitive selection process

Students will participate in an abroad study plan as part of the implementation of the partnership between the UI and Gulf Medical University and a new model.

“It has been close to a year in planning. Now, we will work on crafting the vision to make happen the exchange between the two schools. This will be added to the list of UI’s partnerships. A competitive selection procedure conducted here at the college will help select the students and place them at an international site if they have interest. What we’re looking to envision is the addition of this location to our mix of international options for the students of doctor of pharmacy degree,” said Vos.

UI’s experiential education was very well-developed, and this was the reason for signing the partnership, wrote Sherief Khalifa, Dean of Gulf Medical University’s College of Pharmacy, in an email to The Daily Iowan.