The United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the National Rehabilitation Center in Abu Dhabi, on Sunday, April 3rd, 2016, at the university’s main campus in Al Ain. This is to strengthen coordination and cooperation in areas of common interest, and contribute positively and effectively to health, research and social issues that serve the community.
The agreement includes developing and delivering academic training programs and courses which aim to raise awareness and provide information about addiction. It also provides training opportunities for students and cooperation in terms of research and other studies.
His Excellency Dr. Ali Rashid Al Nuaimi, Vice Chancellor of UAEU, signed the MOU on behalf of the university and stressed the importance of strategic partnerships and their role in supporting and developing community institutions. This opens up new and exciting prospects for students by providing training opportunities delivered by experts. He pointed out that the national university is working to cooperate with the authorities to deal with different societal problems and contribute to community awareness.
Dr. Al-Nuaimi said that, “the United Arab Emirates University has a leading role in the preparation of graduates able to take responsibility and build the future. In addition the university has a role in conducting studies and research to provide solutions to national initiatives that support the development of the UAE. The university seeks to create a range of developmental programs that meet the needs of various sectors in the UAE”.
Dr. Hamad Abdullah Al Ghafri, who signed the MOU on behalf of the center said that, “Signing an MOU with UAEU enhances cooperation and academic coordination. The exchange of expertise benefits both parties. Part of its importance lies in the joint efforts to address the problem of drug abuse in the United Arab Emirates. It also aims to develop efforts to raise awareness and prevent this social evil”.
Dr. Al Ghafri discussed the center's efforts to implement therapeutic, health and preventative programs to help patients integrate into society and provide integrated treatment systems that include psychological and social support programs for the patients and their families. In addition to building effective partnerships with local, regional and global bodies specialized in treating addiction the university will prepare national graduates capable of developing programs for rehabilitation, therapy, psychological, social and preventative counseling.