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In first, Israeli university signs joint medical research agreement with UAE’s Gulf Medical U.

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The agreement aims ‘to promote medical research and improve public health in Israel and throughout the Middle East’

By ILANIT CHERNICK

Hot on the heels of the Abraham Accords, Israel’s Bar-Ilan University has signed a first-of-its-kind agreement with the UAE’s Gulf Medical University to collaborate on joint medical research.

The deal was signed in a special ceremony held over Zoom on Monday.

The agreement aims “to promote medical research and improve public health in Israel and throughout the Middle East.” 

It also “calls for the exchange of researchers and students at the graduate and undergraduate levels; joint academic programs in the fields of medical science, medical education, and health-systems administration; and the publication of joint academic studies.”

According to a statement, researchers from Bar-Ilan University’s Azrieli Faculty of Medicine met in the United Arab Emirates with the heads of Gulf Medical University, which is considered to be one of the leading private medical universities in the region, prior to the signing of the agreement.

Bar-Ilan University has signed a first-of-its-kind collaboration agreement with the UAE’s Gulf Medical University. (Photo Credit: Bar-Ilan University)

For Prof. Hossam Hamdy, the Chancellor of Gulf Medical University, the meeting in Ajman between Gulf University researchers and researchers from the Azrieli Faculty of Medicine “was incredibly exciting, as is the signing of this agreement, which will, at last, allow us to move forward with our ambitious plans for collaboration.” 

Hamdy stressed that they “have waited for this moment for a long time, and as soon as the Abraham Accords were signed, our management seized the chance for a mutually beneficial cooperation with our counterparts in Israel.” 

“We hope to visit Israel shortly, and that the management of Bar-Ilan University will likewise visit us here,” he added.

Speaking about the agreement, Bar-Ilan University President Prof. Arie Zaban, made it clear that one of the most significant achievements of the Abraham Accords “is the opportunity for academic collaborations between universities in Israel and the UAE.” 

“Research and education in both countries will advance dramatically thanks to their human capital, which until now was unable to join forces for a common goal,” he said, adding that Bar-Ilan is extremely proud “to pave the way for such collaborative efforts in the fields of medical science and public health.”

Zaban explained that these are fields in which the university is already playing a leading role in Israel, “by means of our innovative Azrieli Faculty of Medicine in the Galilee.” 

“I have no doubt that additional Bar-Ilan faculties will soon follow suit and widen the scope of collaboration between Bar-Ilan and universities in the UAE,” he said.

Azrieli Faculty’s Dean of Medicine Prof. Karl Skorecki emphasized that “in the fields of medical science and public health, Gulf Medical University is considered a top university, both in the UAE and the region at large.”

Skorecki concluded that he is “honored that they have chosen the Azrieli Faculty of Medicine as a partner in their research and educational efforts.”

*Featured Image Credit: Prehistorik/Shutterstock

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