Professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery Dr. Hesham Marei has been appointed as the Dean of the College of Dentistry, Gulf Medical University (GMU), Ajman. A remarkable academician, Dr. Hesham Marei had been working at the College of Dentistry, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, Saudi Arabia, prior to joining GMU.

Graduating from Cairo University in 1997, Dr. Marei later received his Master’s and Doctoral Degrees in oral and maxillofacial surgery from Suez Canal University, Egypt. He completed his clinical training at Cardiff Dental School, University Hospital of Wales, UK and obtained his fellowship in Dental Surgery from the Royal College of Surgeons in London. He has also holds a Master’s Degree in medical education to his credit, and in 2018, he obtained a Doctoral Degree in medical education from Maastricht University, the Netherlands.

Dr. Marei has delivered numerous presentations, workshops and courses in both his specialties at several national and international events in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE, Pakistan, the Netherlands, UK and USA.

“Dr. Hesham Marei brings to GMU years of experience as an academician and scholar and an impressive set of international engagements,” said Prof. Hossam Hamdy, the Chancellor of GMU. “We warmly welcome him as the new Dean of our College of Dentistry” he added.

“The College of Dentistry, Gulf Medical University is the only college offering DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine) program in the UAE. The DMD program is a competency-based model of education, reflective of an evidence-based definition of general dentistry, unique from the other dental programs offered in the region. The standards and program goals are aligned with those identified by American Dental Association (ADA) and American Dental Education Association (ADEA). Multiple clinical training sites in Ajman, Sharjah and Dubai owned by the Thumbay Group supports the program. Furthermore, the Thumbay Dental Hospital in the University campus is equipped with 60 dental units. The College of Dentistry also has a new state-of-the-art Dental Simulation Laboratory which is used for teaching and assessment purposes” a press release from the GMU added.

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Guwahati: Normal life was affected in parts of Assam on Friday as a students' union observed a 12- hour bandh in the state over exclusion of members of an indigenous group from the final NRC. Asserting that the updated register, published on August 31, was "full of errors", the All Koch Rajbongshi Students' Union (AKRSU) demanded that members of its community, who have been left out, be immediately included.

One of the protesters told reporters that AKRSU will not accept the final NRC as "the list was full of errors". He also said that thousands of Koch Rajbongshi people have been excluded from the register. Official sources said no incident of violence has been reported from any part of the state, but the protesters were seen burning an effigy of state NRC Coordinator Prateek Hajela at Nalbari district's Kauli area.

Almost all shops, banks, educational institutes and offices remained closed in Koch Rajbongshi-dominated areas of Morigaon, Kokrajhar, Chirang, Baksa, Nalbari, Nagaon and Sivasagar districts, the sources said. Private vehicles also stayed off the roads, though state-run long-distance buses plied on national highways with police escort, they said.

Five agitators, including AKRSU's Kumarkata unit president Deepak Roy, were detained by the police during the day as they refused to lift a road blockade.

The 12-hour shutdown, however, did not have much impact on Guwahati, the sources added. More than 19 lakh of the 3.29 crore applicants have been excluded from the final National Register of Citizens (NRC), released in Assam last month.