Suez Canal University Expands Health Professions Education in Iraq and Libya

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The Medical Education Department (MED) of Suez Canal University (SCU) in Ismailia, Egypt, has recently forged relationships with two other universities that will advance health professions education in the Middle East and Northern Africa. Under the leadership of 2007 FAIMER Institute Fellow Wagdy Talaat, M.D., Ph.D., Professor and Head of SCU-MED, agreements were signed with the Iraq branch of Lahaye International University, the Netherlands, and with Libyan International Medical University (LIMU), Benghazi, Libya, to expand those institutions’ medical education offerings.

The Tikrit, Iraq, branch of Lahaye International University, College of Applied Medical Sciences, has agreed to offer a Joint Diploma in Health Professions Education through Distance Learning with the SCU Faculty of Medicine. The diploma is an extension of SCU’s Diploma in Health Professions Education with the important condition that it be offered exclusively to Iraqi health professionals at the Iraq national level. The diploma is the third health professions education degree offered by SCU. The program is expected to launch in October 2009.

SCU has also agreed to collaborate with Libyan International Medical University (LIMU) in Benghazi, Libya, to train faculty in innovative health professions education methods and to develop a problem-based learning (PBL) curriculum. The program will be offered to LIMU’s faculties of Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing, and Basic Sciences. The PBL curriculum has been outlined and the initial faculty training session was conducted during the first two weeks of July 2009. LIMU is expected to launch the first PBL module in October 2009.