Dean of Community and Health Studies Division Carolyn Triemstra traveled to the Gulf Cooperation Council with leading Canadian experts in the fields of medicine and education in early April to work collaboratively towards enhancing health services in the Middle East.
The Canadian International Health Education Association (CIHEA)’s 2018 Gulf Trade Mission was held in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates. The mission began on April 8. A newly formed education association, CIHEA aims to promote health and medical education around the globe with a current focus on the Gulf Cooperation Council.
“NC’s involvement in CIHEA is intended to globalize Applied Health Institute offerings to new clients in new markets, serve as a springboard for health education innovation and promote the Niagara region as a credible partner in enabling global access to health,” said Abbas Sumar, NC’s associate director of global strategy.
While in KSA, the 24-member delegation of CIHEA members participated in a series of discussions held at Alfaisal University in Riyadh inspired by topics such as ‘Vision 2030, transforming heath care in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’ and ‘Enriching Saudi-Canadian Collaboration in Health Care.’ Targeted meetings also took place and included the KSA Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education.
The second destination of the 2018 Gulf Trade Mission in Kuwait City featured a panel discussion on Kuwait health care and a 360-degree view with Kuwait Ministry of Health officials. An open house was also featured, which invited professionals providing health services education to meet with Canadian delegates.
CIHEA members visited the UAE and attended a Dubai forum. Key members in attendance were the UAE Ministry of Health, Abu Dhabi, Department of Health (previously Health Authority Abu Dhabi), SEHA (Abu Dhabi Health Services Co) and Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashed University for Medicine and Health Sciences.
“It was a tremendous opportunity for Niagara College and our health and community programs to be featured on an international front,” said Triemstra, who returned to Canada on April 14. “The Gulf Cooperation Countries that we have visited are in great need of collaborative programming to support their health education and workforce needs. I was very proud in Saudi Arabia to be associated with Niagara College as it is apparent the NC brand is highly regarded.”
This initiative is another tangible example of how members of the NC community positively impact education, employment and economic development with the support of its global partners. Triemstra’s mission to the Gulf follows a recent announcement on the expansion of the College’s partnership with INSCOL Healthcare that will increase access to health services and address a global shortage of skilled professionals through education for 1,000 Indian nurses per year.