Gulf Medical University

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Gulf Medical University
جامعة الخليج الطبية
Gulf Medical University.png
Seal of Gulf Medical University
Former names
Gulf Medical College
Motto Learn from the World
Type Private
Established 1998
Chancellor Prof. Hossam Hamdy
President Dr. Thumbay Moideen
Undergraduates 1144 Students
Postgraduates 09 Students
Location Al Jurf, Ajman, UAE
Coordinates: 25°25′3″N 55°29′59″E / 25.41750°N 55.49972°E / 25.41750; 55.49972
Publications GMU Health
Colors Red & Gold
Affiliations MOHESR
Avicenna Directories
Website GMU
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Gulf Medical University (Arabic: جامعة الخليج الطبية‎), (GMU) formerly known as Gulf Medical College, established in 1998, is a private university in the United Arab Emirates. It offers various courses in medicine.

Gulf Medical University is the first medical school in the U.A.E to offer admission to both males and females of all nationalities.

DR. Thumbay Moideen is the Founder, President of Board of Trustees of Gulf Medical University. It is owned and promoted by Thumbay Group.[1]

Prof. Hossam Hamdy is the Chancellor of GMU,[2] and Prof. Gita Ashok Raj is the Provost.[3]

GMU was listed in Asia’s 100 best and fastest growing private education institutes by WCRC Leaders-Asia magazine.

History and Affiliations[edit]

Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi lays the foundation stone for Gulf Medical University, along with Dr.Thumbay Moideen.

Gulf Medical University (GMU) is located in the emirate of Ajman, on the western coast of the UAE. GMU was founded in 1998 as Gulf Medical College (GMC) by the Thumbay Group, and offered certified courses in Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) and Bachelor of Physiotherapy. The college was opened under Decree Number 1, issued on 28 January 1998, by His Highness Sheikh Humaid Bin Rashid Al-Nuaimi, the ruler of Ajman and Member of the Supreme Council, UAE.[4]

The institution became a University in the year 2008 following a Decree by Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, United Arab Emirates.

Today, the focus of Gulf Medical University has extended into three core areas: Medical Education, Healthcare and Research.

University Facilities[edit]


The Gulf Medical University is located on a stretch of land extending up to a 1 Million Sq.ft.[5] and a built area of 1 Million Sq.ft. (being built in phases) that currently houses the main campus and its support facilities. It has within itself laboratories, classrooms and administration buildings, a stand-alone building that houses the library and the modern multimedia centers, a Restaurant and a sports complex with courts for tennis, basketball, volleyball and grounds for cricket and football.

Full Frontal View of Gulf Medical University.

GMU Information & Learning Center[edit]

The Information and Learning Centre covers an area spread over two floors incorporating a computer laboratory having 80 terminals with 8 multi-media labs, a graduate study centre, 8 small group learning rooms and internet browsing facilities, Medline abstracts for viewing and printing, medical data bases for accessing full-text articles covering 400 journals, and hard copies of journals, text books and monographs covering both areas of basic and clinical sciences are available. Wireless connectivity in the whole campus provides access to both the internet and intranet resources for students and faculty.

Center for Advanced Simulation in Healthcare[edit]

The Center for Advanced Simulation in Healthcare (C.A.S.H) is created with specific areas that can be used for training in communication skills, demonstration and practice of clinical skills on the simulator models.

Some of the simulation set-ups include: Adult ICU, Neonatal ICU, Delivery Suites, Minor Operating Theatre, General Ward, Imaging and Diagnostics, Simulation Control Rooms, etc.

CASH is linked to the GMCHRC hospital management system that provides opportunity to learn written formats in the form of patient charts, data entry and data retrieval for patient management and a digital video/data projection system with video and teleconferencing facilities.

GMU Centre for Advanced BioMedical Research & Innovation[edit]

GMU established Centre for Advanced BioMedical Research & Innovation (CABRI), a 25000 sq. ft . automated interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Centre within Gulf Medical University. CABRI has funding of AED 20 million.

GMU Centre for Quality Enhancement[edit]

The Centre for Quality Enhancement (CQE) focuses on planning and implementation of quality management systems.

GMU Testing Centre[edit]

The GMU testing center is the latest addition to the new facilities of Gulf Medical University. This new unit is capable of accommodating placement tests, examinations or any other form of testing.

The testing centre has been designed to be user-friendly to people with special needs with access through elevators and rooms possessing wide doors, being some of the more visible additions.[6]

GMU Sports Facilities[edit]

The University has a series of facilities for indoor and outdoor recreational activities. The facilities, hosted at the Body & Soul Health Club, located on the campus grounds,[7] include:

  • Three Tennis courts with floodlights
  • A glass-back Squash court
  • An indoor Badminton court
  • An indoor Basketball court
  • An indoor Volleyball court
  • A unique 5-a-side Soccer Pitch
  • A cricket pitch with customizable practice nets
  • A set of snooker & pool tables
  • Indoor Table Tennis

Thumbay Hospital[edit]

Frontal view of Gulf Medical University's teaching hospital, Thumbay Hospital Ajman.

GMU’s affiliated teaching hospital, Thumbay Hospitals, are located in Ajman, Dubai, Sharjah, Fujairah and Huderabad -India. The first hospital opened in Ajman in October 2002, as the first teaching hospital in the private sector in the UAE. With a history spanning a decade and a half of delivering premium healthcare, the hospital houses a number of general and specialty departments and advanced facilities and treatments. Students of GMU also gain access to student support services, common and study rooms, and a library within the teaching hospital.[8]

Colleges Under Gulf Medical University[edit]

College of Medicine[edit]

The College of Medicine offers a 5-year Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) programme. The programme is approved by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, UAE;[9] is listed in the World Health Organisation’s Avicenna directory;[10] and with the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research.[11] A year’s rotating residential internship follows the successful completion of the programme.[12]

Students undertaking the MBBS programme also have the opportunity to participate in GMU’s Summer Training Programme.[13]

College of Dentistry[edit]

GMU’s College of Dentistry offers a 5-year Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) programme. One of the aims of the programme is to encourage students to become active participants in improving oral health care and awareness in the UAE.[14]

College of Pharmacy[edit]

The College of Pharmacy offers the only entry-to-practice Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program (5 years) in the UAE. Admissions are open for PharmD after higher secondary school. With the extensive internship, the graduates of PharmD are eligible to write pharmacist licensure exam right after graduation. Two years of clinical practice makes the PharmD graduates apply for Clinical Pharmacist license too. The PharmD program is undergoing international certification by Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, USA.[15]

College of Allied Health Sciences[edit]

The College of Allied Health Sciences offers a ​3 12-year Bachelor of Physical Therapy (BPT),[16] followed by a 6-month rotating internship. Students become familiar with health promotion; disease and disability prevention; and develop positive attitudes to the care of individuals and the wider population.

College of Graduate Studies[edit]

The College of Graduate Studies offers graduates of accredited medical schools, both in and outside the UAE, 6 postgraduate courses.[17]

Masters Programmes offered by GMU are:

  • Masters in Clinical Pathology (MS CP)
  • Masters in Toxicology (MS Tox)
  • Masters in Public Health (MPH)
  • Masters in Human Reproductive Biology (MS HRB); the first of its kind in the UAE.[18]
  • Masters in Physical Therapy (MPT)
  • Diploma in Toxicology (Dip Tox)

Graduate Programmes offered by GMU are:

  • MBBS
  • BBMS
  • DMD
  • Pharm D
  • BPT
  • BHS - MLS
  • BHS - MIS
  • BHS - AST
  • BHS - NS

Centre for Continuing Education and Community Outreach[edit]

GMU’s Centre for Continuing Education and Community Outreach aims to provide physicians and other health professionals with the opportunity of continuing professional development. The centre offers a series of certificate courses over 10-month or short-term study periods.[19]

Online Programmes[edit]

GMU also offers online certificate programmes in Health Insurance Accountancy and Medical Tourism Mediator.[20]


GMU launched its own online journal in 2012 and has contributed research articles to a wealth of international medical journals[21] such as: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention; Journal of Surgery Pakistan (International); International Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research; and the International Journal of Medical and Health Sciences.

Student Council Executive Board[edit]

Elected representatives from the Student Council form the Student Council Executive Board. This is made up of one elected student from each program who will attend the respective college council meetings called for by the deans of the respective colleges.

A General Secretary is elected from amongst the Council's Executive Board along with a few Joint Secretaries on an annual basis. The institute hails its elected officials by placing their names on the University boards main entrance hall.

Activities and Associations[edit]

GMU publishes a bi-monthly magazine, Health Magazine, launched in 1999.[22]

GMU is active in participating in national and international events. In March 2013, GMU hosted the UAE’s biggest Inter-Collegiate Sports Festival[23] and the National Conference on Contemporary Dimensions of the Pharmacy Profession.[24] In April 2013, GMU hosted the 5th Annual Dental Conference on Excellence in Oral and Dental Health.[25]