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(DUBAI) — The Boston University Institute of Dental Research and Education Dubai, and the Boston University Dental Health Center at Dubai Healthcare City were officially opened today at ceremonies held in the United Arab Emirates, announced Boston University Executive Vice President Joseph Mercurio and Goldman School of Dental Medicine Dean ad interim Jeffrey Hutter, both of whom attended.
Saeed Al Muntafiq, executive chairman of Tatweer, a subsidiary of Dubai Holding; Ahmad Sharaf, senior vice president Energy and Healthcare of Tatweer; and Dr. Muhadditha Al-Hashimi, chief executive officer-Dubai Healthcare City, represented the emirate.
The institute will focus on furthering dental research in the region and on training graduate dentists in the dental specialties. The training programs will be developed and overseen by faculty of the Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine. The Dental Health Center will provide comprehensive and prevention-oriented dental services to residents of the region as well as to the many visitors to Dubai. The institute is in the process of submitting an application for accreditation from the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Dubai Healthcare City is a medical free zone within the Emirate of Dubai in the UAE. Dubai Healthcare City has been developed with the goal of becoming a world-class academic medical community which will be developed around the Harvard Medical School Dubai Center, Boston University Institute for Dental Research and Education, and a major university hospital. The campus will also contain a wellness center offering integrative medicine, private clinics and branches of several international medical and pharmaceutical corporations that will be available in the medical community.
“The collaboration with such a renowned world-class American medical and academic institution will further consolidate our position as a regional healthcare hub,” said Dr. Muhadditha Al Hashimi, CEO of Dubai Healthcare City. “This strengthens our status as a center for quality and excellence in the Middle East, offering healthcare services and advanced health-related educational programs in addition to scientific research.”
The Boston University Dental Health Center Dubai will begin seeing patients immediately after the grand opening, and the first class of residents will begin their graduate training program in July 2008.
“We take our responsibility as educators and researchers in the global community very seriously,” said Dean ad interim Hutter. “The Goldman School of Dental Medicine is very proud to be in partnership with Dubai Health Care City to provide world class oral health care and education in the region.”
Mercurio extended congratulations on behalf of President Robert A. Brown adding, “Boston University is focused on the pursuit of excellence in its core mission of teaching, research and service. Under Dr. Brown’s leadership, the university has added a strategic goal: The creation of new opportunities for students from around the world to experience a BU education.”
The Boston University School of Graduate Dentistry was founded in 1963 under the leadership of Dean Henry M. Goldman. In 1996 the school had outgrown its designation as a school of graduate dentistry and was renamed the “Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine” to better reflect the scope of the school’s education, research, patient care, and community missions. With a faculty of more than 325 educators, clinicians, and researchers and more than 250 staff members, the school offers a full spectrum of pre-doctoral and postdoctoral specialty education programs and a complete range of graduate programs and degrees to more than 700 students.
Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized institution of higher education and research. With more than 30,000 students, it is the fourth largest independent university in the United States. BU consists of 17 colleges and schools along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes which are central to the school’s research and teaching mission.