Etihad Airways Medical Centre (EAMC), the UAE’s first aeromedical facility, and Fatima College of Health Sciences (FCHS) of The Institute of Applied Technology, have announced a new partnership to support the training and continued development of Emirati nurses in Abu Dhabi.

The agreement also supports FCHS’ vision to be a key provider of excellence in health sciences education in the UAE. The EAMC sponsorship program will provide up to three students a year with a unique opportunity to pursue a rewarding and challenging career in the nursing profession with Etihad Airways.

EAMC will also give the selected students the opportunity to become pioneers in aviation and occupational nursing as a recognized training center, following a recently signed agreement with the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. Students will be selected for sponsorship based on their robust academic performance to date.

Dr. Nadia Bastaki, Etihad Airways’ VP-medical services, said: “We are honored to announce our partnership with Fatima College of Health Sciences. This agreement provides an opportunity for EAMC to encourage female UAE nationals to pursue a career in nursing.”

In March 2016, EAMC and the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI) announced a pioneering new partnership to provide the airline with educational, training, research and operational excellence opportunities in the field of occupational medicine. The EAMC serves the airline’s 23,000 Abu Dhabi-based employees, providing full laboratory services, physiotherapy, radiology, dental care, nutrition counseling, ENT services, and primary care.

Fatima College of Health Sciences was established in 2006 to meet the UAE’s growing need for skilled health care professionals. The college’s nursing program has been designed by Griffith University in Australia. Dr. Ahmed Al-Awar, MD of the Institute of Applied Technology, said: “This agreement forms an important part of our ongoing efforts to encourage more Emirati nationals to enter into fulfilling health care professions.”

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