GMU sweeps all major awards at Asian Education Leadership Awards

By Neema Anand
Udupi Today Media Network

  • The university swept all major awards at a glittering ceremony held in Dubai, including best colleges of Medical Education, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Allied Health Sciences and the best Provost.


Dubai, 27 September 2014: In a prestigious ceremony held at Taj Palace Hotel in Dubai, Gulf Medical University bagged awards in seven distinctive categories at the recently concluded Asian Education Leadership Awards, held under the broad banner of the Asian Leadership Awards (ALA).



It was almost a clean sweep in the medical and healthcare education categories, as GMU won awards for Award for Best Educational Institute in Medical Education, Best Educational Institute in Pharmacy (College of Pharmacy), Best Educational Institute in Dentistry (College of Dentistry), Best Educational Institute in Allied Health Sciences (College of Allied Health Sciences). The Deans of the respective colleges collected the awards.


The Provost of GMU, Prof. Gita Ashok Raj received the “Best Provost Award” for her remarkable leadership in guiding GMU to being one of the top medical universities in the region.There was a special mention about the emphasis on innovation displayed by GMU in all its endeavors.


We are proud to be recognized for our efforts, said Mr. Thumbay Moideen. In his initial reaction to the awards, Mr. Moideen thanked the Almighty, the academic leadership and the well-wishers for the success. Such recognition plays a vital role to encourage us do better and also acknowledges the efforts that are put in by our entire team in education, healthcare and research. I wish to congratulate our academic team headed by Provost, and each and every faculty member and staff for their hard work and dedication. I am proud of them said Mr. Thumbay Moideen, Founder President of Thumbay Group UAE, who are the promoters of the university.


After receiving the award, Prof. Gita Ashok Raj said, “The achievement is a testimony to the relentless efforts and able guidance of our Founder President Mr. Thumbay Moideen. But for his constant encouragement and support, such a feat would not have been possible. Gulf Medical University was rated as one of the top 100 best educational institutions in Asia earlier this year. Thumbay Group was earlier named as the Emirates Business Ambassador for Healthcare and Education.


Prof. Manda Venkatramanasaid he felt humbled at getting this award. He thanked the President and Provost for their guidance and said that the College of Medicine has introduced many new programs for the first time in the region, and thus enriched the knowledge economy of the nation.


We feel elated that our efforts have been recognized, says Dr. Arun Shirwaikar, Dean College of Pharmacy. This will make us work harder to raise our standards further, he added.


I am very grateful and obliged for this prestigious award conferred to College of Allied Health Sciences, GMU said Mr. Praveen Kumar, Associate Dean College of Allied health Sciences, GMU. He thanked the President and the Provost for their dynamic leadership and never ending support and guidance. A special note of thanks and appreciation to all the team members of the college for their support and organizational skills in the successful conduction of the programs, he added.


This is a very special award for our college. It is a testimony to our hard work and innovative teaching and training of our students. We will continue with our best efforts and bring more laurels to the college and our university, said a highly elated Dean College of Dentistry Prof. Mohamed Said Hamed.


Gulf Medical University has developed a reputation for providing programs that had been introduced in the region for the first time. The university attracts students from over 70 countries who pursue their studies at the university. Faculty and staff from over 22 countries are working in the institution. GMU has won numerous recognitions and accolades, including being rated as one of Asia’s 100 Best & Fastest Growing Private Education Institutions, and presented with an award during the Asian Education Excellence Summit 2014 in India recently.


Promoted by Thumbay Group UAE, GMU offers MBBS, BPT, DMD, PharmD and Masters Programs in Clinical Pathology, Public Health, and Toxicology. GMU is first in the region to launch unique programs like Masters in Human Reproductive Biology, Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences and Masters in Physical Therapy. GMU Testing Center is the latest addition to the ever-growing facilities of the university. This new unit is capable of accommodating placement tests, examinations or any other form of testing through a sophisticated technical set-up. The university is listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools (WDMS) by the World Health Organization (WHO) and The Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education & Research (FAIMER).


Apart from Gulf Medical University, faculty and departments from leading universities in United Arab Emirates like UAE University, Ajman University of Science & Technology, University of Sharjah, American University of Sharjah, Canadian University of Dubai, British University in Dubai, Al Ghurair University, Abu Dhabi University, and American University in Dubai have also won the awards.


ALAis hosted annually by Asian Confederation of Business in association with promoters of the World CSR Day.Over 300 delegates participated in the function. Among the participants were leading institutions from various industries from Asia. Distinguished luminaries and senior government officials among others were present at the event as award winners and guests of honour.


The awards recognize remarkable business leaders and organizations in Asia for their continuing commitment to excellence, developing best practices and innovative strategies.Leading educational institutions from India, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Philippines, Sri Lanka and the United Arab Emirates were awarded in other categories at this year’s awards.


Denis DSouza, Dubai

 Congratulations to Gulf Medical University on this outstanding performance.

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