Newgiza University (NGU), headed by Prof. Dr. Ahmed Sameh Farid, NGU President, and University College London (UCL), the No. 9 ranked university worldwide, announced the continuation of their pioneering academic partnership for the schools of health sciences (Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy) reinforcing their commitment to promoting academic excellence and developing educational opportunities, while emphasizing NGU’s pivotal role and leadership in developing medical education in Egypt as well as its eagerness to create a new generation of highly qualified, world-class healthcare professionals.
The agreement signing ceremony was attended by Prof. Dr. Ahmed Sameh Farid, NGU President, John-george Nicholson, Head of Business Development at the UCL Faculty of Medical Sciences and Business Development Director at the UCL Centre for International Medical Education Collaborations, Roger de Montfort, Managing Director at UCL Consultants, and Trish Greenan, Director of Legal at UCL Consultants.
Prof. Dr. Ahmed Sameh Farid, NGU President, explained that NGU has been collaborating academically with UCL since 2016 and has received mentorship and support in different aspects, including strategic planning, setting up appropriate infrastructure and education governance structures, and developing curricula and learning resources. He addressed UCL saying: “Together, we have reached a significant milestone in our collaboration, and we are keen to extend and grow this successful collaboration and take it to a higher level. Today, a new era in our collaboration is about to start, addressing the new NGU vision and facing future challenges in healthcare education, research and practice. This is a reflection of transformation through collaboration.”
Prof. Ahmed Rashid, Vice Dean (International) Faculty of Medical Sciences, Head of Centre, UCL Centre for International Medical Education Collaborations, and UCL lead for Medicine said: “It has been a privilege to work with the leadership team at Newgiza University to help them establish three pioneering new undergraduate healthcare programs. We are delighted to have secured this agreement and look forward to continuing the collaboration and supporting the Newgiza University School of Medicine on the next stage of its exceptional journey.”
Prof. Cate Whittlesea, Director of the UCL School of Pharmacy and UCL lead for Pharmacy said: “I and colleagues at the UCL School of Pharmacy are delighted to be entering the next phase of our collaboration with the NGU School of Pharmacy. We look forward to working together to develop and further enhance the initial training of pharmacists in Egypt.”
Prof. Stephen Porter, Director of the UCL Eastman Dental Institute and UCL lead for Dentistry said: “The continued collaboration between UCL and Newgiza University offers new opportunities to further the growth of education and research initiatives in the field of Dentistry. This partnership will focus on the quality of education to ensure students have an unparalleled educational journey. We are thrilled to begin this work with our NGU partners in Dentistry and to be supporting them to realize their vision in this next phase.”
The next phase of the collaboration entails rigorous quality management and initiatives to improve the three medical programs, including focused support in assessment, curriculum development, and comprehensive development of faculty and staff. It involves pooling the strengths and expertise of both institutions to provide a diverse and rich educational environment for students while advancing the boundaries of knowledge and expertise in the health sciences.
The continuation of collaboration aims to increase the number of highly skilled health sciences graduates in Egypt, while focusing on providing healthcare to different segments of society, in addition to fostering cultural and knowledge exchange, as well as international cooperation in health sciences education between Egypt and the United Kingdom.