Maldives National University (MNU), on Sunday, appointed Dr. Sheeza Ali, the former Director General of the Ministry of Health, as the first dean of the university's recently established School of Medicine.
At a function held at MNU, the university's Vice Chancellor Dr. Ali Fawaz Shareef and Dr. Sheeza signed an agreement appointing the latter as the Dean of the medical school.
Dr. Sheeza has a Master’s Degree in Business Management in addition to an MBBS. She also served in the ophthalmology department of Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH) and in Eye Care Opticals.
Speaking at the ceremony, D.r Sheeza expressed hopes that the School of Medicine would overcome initial challenges and produce capable, globally recognised specialist doctors.
Dr. Fawaz also spoke at the ceremony, stating that the School of Medicine would serve as an information centre in addition to educational facilities. He also guaranteed that the 37 students accepted into the programme would commence their studies next week.
The MNU School of Medicine is set to conduct the first ever MBBS programme in the country with a syllabus from National University of Malaysia (UKM), under a contract signed between the two universities in August this year.
Despite originally set to be conducted at the newly developed 25-storey Dharumavantha Hospital, the MBBS course will commence at the MNU medical lab due to a shortage of equipment.