Abu Dhabi(Press release): Gulf Medical University (GMU) students undergo clinical training in the Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City (SSMC), a premier state-of-the-art tertiary care facility located in Abu Dhabi being run in collaboration with the prestigious Mayo Clinic USA.Consultants at SSMC and faculty of the Mayo clinic supervise training of GMU Students. 

Senior Delegates from SSMC visited GMU to strengthen the relationship and collaborate in the areas of Medical Education, Research and Continuous Professional Development activities. Joint research activities in the areas of cancer, public health and clinical resesrch are being planned which aligns with the resesrch direction of UAE.

We are very impressed by the talent and infrastructure and continue to expand to support research, education and clinical practice. We look forward to having many opportunities for collaboration at multiple levels. Said Abba Chedi Zubair, Dean of Education SSMC.

Rola K. Alhayek, Education Director Added that “It is impressive to see the GMU & Thumbay University hospital facilities and learn about the Thumbay Research Institute for Precision Medicine and the translational cancer research program, to meet growing challenges facing UAE health care providers dealing with the increase in cancer burden. We aspire to enhance and expand the SSMC Education and Research Shields as it relates to recognized international standards, it is essential that we work together and create synergies with international and existing local institutions”.

Prof Hossam Hamdy Chancellor of GMU Mentioned that this is an important collaboration which provides excellent  clinical training to our students.  We share the same vision and values of mayo clinic 3 shields patient care, Education & research. Students from Gulf Medical University will have Unique Clinical Experience. The students also will be exposed to Latest Developments in patient care and interact and be mentored by excellent faculty. We are happy to have such a partner and we hope to take this collaboration to a Higher Level.

Gulf Medical University (GMU) is a leading medical university based in the United Arab Emirates, with its own growing network of world-class academic institutions, hospitals and a dynamic research division, are constantly endeavoring to transform the University into a vibrant Academic Health System linking the best of medical education, healthcare and research.

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Hong Kong, Oct 25: Amnesty International said Monday it would close its two offices in Hong Kong this year, becoming the latest non-governmental organization to cease its operations amid a crackdown on political dissent in the city.

The human rights group said its local office in Hong Kong would close this month while its regional office will close by the end of the year, with regional operations moved to other offices in the Asia-Pacific region.

This decision, made with a heavy heart, has been driven by Hong Kong's national security law, which has made it effectively impossible for human rights organizations in Hong Kong to work freely and without fear of serious reprisals from the government, Anjhula Mya Singh Bais, chair of Amnesty's board, said in a statement.

Hong Kong implemented a sweeping national security law in 2020 following months of massive anti-government protests. The law outlaws secession, subversion of state power, terrorism and foreign collusion to intervene in the city's affairs. More than 120 people, many of them supporters of the city's democracy movement, have been arrested under the law.

The majority of the city's prominent pro-democracy activists are behind bars for taking part in unauthorized assemblies, and dozens of political organizations and trade unions have ceased operations out of concern for their members' personal safety under the security law.

Bais said the recent targeting of local human rights and trade union groups signaled authorities were intensifying their campaign to rid the city of dissenting voices. It is increasingly difficult for us to keep operating in such an unstable environment, she said.

Critics in Hong Kong say the national security law is an erosion of freedoms, such as those of expression and assembly, that were promised the city for 50 years when the former British colony was handed over to China in 1997.