Members of staff from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) School of Medicine and Dentistry visited the United Arab Emirates (UAE) last month to promote a prestigious medical programme in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Phase One Lead, Dr Andy Ginty and Programme Manager, Sue Ellwood travelled with Jo Allan, the Regional Manager for UCLan in the Middle East, to speak to students, parents and teachers about the new undergraduate medicine course at UCLan, the five-year Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MB BS), due to commence in September 2015.
The self-funded undergraduate medical degree, based within UCLan’s School of Medicine and Dentistry , will be offered to a small cohort of 35 international students.
The first day of the trip was spent in Dubai and included visits to The Winchester School, the Gems Wellington International School and the Garhound and Al Barsha branches of the Al Mawakeb School. These visits gave the UCLan staff members the chance to meet with students who were considering applying to study medicine and answer some of their questions directly.
On their second day, staff travelled to the capital, Abu Dhabi, to visit The British School and the British International School where they met more students interested in studying the MB BS course at UCLan. During the visit there was also the chance for them to meet the agents who are promoting the course in the UAE and to advise students and their families on preparing applications to the programme and what it is like to study at UCLan.
Sue Ellwood said: “We spent four days in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, where we have had lots of interest in the MB BS, to promote the programme. It was great to meet with students considering studying medicine and especially those who were already thinking about our programme. We did several presentations and were impressed with all the students that we met. It gave the students the opportunity to enquire about the programme and the applications process in more detail.”