Dutch Healthcare Officials Visit Gulf Medical University
Delegates from Health Holland visited the campus to explore possibilities for joint collaborative activities.
A high level delegation led by Vice Minister for the Dutch Ministry Economic Affairs, Maarten Camps and Director-General Enterprise and Innovation Bertholt Leeftink discussed about joint cooperation for research, collaborative medical degree program, Summer Training Program, and Development of Short term courses with the academic leadership of Gulf Medical University, Prof. Gita Ashok Raj.
The delegation was briefed about the academic programs and activities of the university through a presentation and were later taken on a tour of the campus and appraised of the facilities and services on offer. The delegates have expressed high appreciation for the research activities being undertaken by the university. Later they met with the Founder President, Board of Governors Mr. Thumbay Moideen. They mentioned that the team would work out more details of collaboration and set further dialogue about joint activities and collaboration both in education and healthcare services. Mr. Moideen has assured the delegation of his fullest support in all the joint endeavors.
Mr. Jos Wetzels, Director of Business Development, City of Maastricht Health Campus, Dr. Thijs Spigt, Director Technology Transfer Office, Erasmus University Medical Center, City of Rotterdam, Dr. Paul Bilars, Managing Director Internal Medicine Division and Cardiovascular Research, Leiden University Medical Center, Mr. Jan Sikkema, Director Center for Development and Innovation, University Medical Center, City of Groningen.
The delegation was assisted by Prof. Dr. Jan Raaijmakers from the Top Sector of Life Sciences & Health at the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Mr. Niels van Leeuwen, Liaison Officer Life Science & Health and Mrs. Daphne Dernison, Senior Advisor Bilateral Relations as a representative of the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport.
The Dutch Life Sciences & Health (LSH) sector is one of nine “top sectors” in the Netherlands. The top sectors are designated by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and are selected on their ability to contribute substantially to global societal challenges. Health-Holland is the top sector’s communication channel.
The top sector LSH entails a broad scope of disciplines, from pharmaceuticals to medtech, from healthcare infrastructure to vaccination. In order to realize its mission – vital citizens in a healthy economy – the top sector builds on the strengths of the Dutch Life Sciences & Health sector to address the biggest societal challenges in prevention, cure and care: improving the quality of life (vitality) while restraining the costs of healthcare. The top sector LSH initiates and stimulates multidisciplinary public private partnership (PPP) to valorize innovation. By attracting financial means, sharing best practices and the univocal Health Holland sector communication, the top sector boosts a productive infrastructure.