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Dean, College of Medicine and Health Sciences
UAE University

Date Posted Jun. 10, 2022
Title Dean, College of Medicine and Health Sciences
University UAE University
Al-Ain, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Department College of Medicine and Health Sciences
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Dean
  • Medicine - General

United Arab Emirates University invites applications for the position of Dean, College of Medicine and Health Sciences (CMHS).

United Arab Emirates University is the principal university of the UAE. It was the first federal university   founded in 1976 and is approaching its 50th anniversary. UAEU remains the only fully comprehensive university in the UAE. It is situated in the historic city of Al Ain, which is about 100km inland of both Abu Dhabi and Dubai. UAEU is in the process of transitioning into a research-intensive institution to be fit for its second half-century. It enrolls approximately 13,000 students, with a growing international student body. As UAE’s flagship university, it offers a full range of accredited, high-quality graduate and undergraduate programs through its nine colleges.

The College of Medicine and Health Sciences (CMHS) of the United Arab Emirates University is the first and highest-ranked medical school in the United Arab Emirates. It was founded in 1984 by His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mubarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Higher Education & Scientific Research, and Supreme Chancellor of the University. CMHS has a pre-eminent reputation in the Middle East and the wider Arab World. In the last few years, CMHS ranked in the top 1% of Medical and Health Sciences Colleges in the world. 6% of Faculty are world-leading researchers publishing in top 1% journals, giving keynote addresses and invited lectures, and editing reference books and textbooks. CMHS offers four undergraduate degrees: Medicine, Clinical Psychology, Speech and Language Pathology, and Nutrition. In addition, the College offers several postgraduate degrees including a Master of Medical Science, Master of Public Health (MPH), Doctor of Pharmacy, and PhDs in several subject areas.  In conjunction with affiliated teaching hospitals, CMHS also provides higher professional training for physicians at certificate, diploma, clinical specialty training, and membership/fellowship levels in major clinical disciplines. CMHS has formed an Emirates Health Service to assist in the development of clinical skills and the maintenance of competency for healthcare professionals. The service has provisions and support for licensing exams, continuing medical education (CME) and continuing professional development (CPD) events, and hospital management and clinical activities. CMHS is listed and accepted by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (USA) and by the General Medical Council (UK). The College currently has 158 faculty organized into 18 departments and a Public Health Institute, 1,049 enrolled students and 140 students graduating this year.

The College has an active multidisciplinary research program between departments and Colleges at United Arab Emirates University (UAEU); between colleagues nationally and in the Gulf region, and internationally with academic counterparts in North America, Europe and Australasia. Research areas at CMHS have focused on issues relevant to UAE society, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease, road traffic injury and trauma, genetic disorders, infectious diseases and immunology, mental health, and neuroscience. Research at the CMHS is supported by the necessary infrastructure and resources including state-of-the-art equipment and technologies in addition to running a store for general consumables, chemical reagents, and kits. Research in our laboratories is also supported by developing and maintaining central research facilities such as the Imaging Unit, Analytical and a Molecular Unit, a Cellular Biology facility in addition to the Animal Vivarium Unit. CMHS has established the Zayed Center for Health Sciences with the generous support of the Zayed Foundation.  The center is housed and managed within the premises of CMHS.  It has initiated research in global health and population health, with an emphasis on an increasingly mobile population in the region, and health issues of the UAE population.  The WHO designated the Institute of Public Health of the College as a WHO-Collaborating Center for Occupational Health. It is the first center for the discipline to be accorded this designation in the Middle East. With this designation, it joins the Department of Nutrition as the second collaborating center based at UAEU, and one of four WHO collaborating centers in the United Arab Emirates.

CMHS has formed partnership agreements with several hospitals and healthcare organizations, including: Tawam Hospital, Al Ain Hospital, Health Authority of Abu Dhabi (HAAD), Dubai Health Authority (DHA), Dubai Health Care City (DHCC), World Health Organization (WHO), Faculty of Occupational Medicine, Royal College of Physicians (Ireland), etc.

This position of Dean, College of Medicine and Health Sciences provides an outstanding opportunity to lead one of the largest Colleges in the University and one of the most prominent medical colleges in the Middle East. We are seeking an ambitious and highly qualified individual who would be able to make a mark in this dynamic region and take the College into its second half-century. We are looking for an academic administrator with a futuristic vision to make a positive impact on the College, the University, and the UAE. The anticipated start date is 1st January 2023, or as soon as is practicable.


The Dean of the College of Medicine and Health Sciences (CMHS) reports to the Provost and has overall responsibility for academic leadership and administration of the CMHS.

Dean of CMHS manages administrative functions of the College; develops College strategic initiatives and participates in university long-term planning and policy setting; provides senior-level administrative leadership in areas of curriculum development, faculty academic affairs, students’ life, institutional assessment and improvement, human resource, faculty evaluation, promotion, career development; manages and facilitates the growth of research and development programs; develops and manages the College budget and finances; coordinates with facilities planning and management; cultivates partnerships with industry, foundations, and government organizations; leads College fundraising and cultivates relationships with donors.


The position carries a tax-free salary commensurate with experience, as well as housing, health insurance, annual air tickets, educational allowance (if applicable), and end of service compensation.


The ideal candidate will be a collaborative leader with a clear vision for the future of Medical and Health Sciences education and professions in the UAE and beyond. He/she should have a strong track record in research and a demonstrable commitment to research and teaching excellence. He/she should be committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion across all areas of university and college business, with sensitivity to cultural differences, and have a proven record of success as an academic administrator. The minimum qualifications for this position include:

  • MD degree with medical Board specialization or equivalent. Preference will be given to candidates with education from pre-eminent institutions and additional advanced degrees (e.g. PhD, MPH, MBA, MHA).
  • Full Professor with a minimum of 15 years of responsible education-related experience including 5 years of academic leadership in higher education.
  • Strong track record of research, publications, and citations.
  • Strong track record in teaching reflecting academic excellence.
  • Ability to build collaborations and partnerships with other top universities globally.


Application Process

Please submit your application online at

Candidates should apply through the University website (

Posting Number  3360




Applications should include:

  • a cover letter of no more than 3 pages outlining why the applicant meets the selection criteria for the position
  • a full updated academic CV
  • a list of 3-5 referees with academic affiliations and contact information

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence.





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