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Participants included students of 44 prestigious universities from the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Oman

A group of 4th year MBBS student of the College of Medicine, Gulf Medical University, Ajman stood first in the “Education & Instructional Technologies” category of the 7th Undergraduate Research Competition (URC), held recently at Abu Dhabi University under the Patronage of His Excellency Hussain Ibrahim Al Hammadi, Minister of Education. The submissions from local and regional academic institutions were judged by a panel of judges comprised of leading scientists, researchers, academicians and medical professionals in the country.


Ms. Kushboo Badi Uz Zaman, who presented the project before the jury, received the first prize of AED.5000. The Research project titled “Factors Distracting Learning Among Health Science Students” was also supported by Ms. Khadeeja Hala Ibrahim, Ms. Hasna Mohamed Ali, Ms. Shamreena Kolayakkarakath and Ms. Fathimathul Nazha; all 4th year MBBS students. The students worked under the supervision of Prof. Shatha Al Sharbatti, HOD of the Community Medicine Dept.

Speaking about the accomplishment, Ms. Kushboo said, “To be one among the 261 projects accepted from 44 universities itself was a great honour; and to go on to win, it still feels surreal to me. I would like to thank my university for giving me this wonderful opportunity to present my work in front of a great platform. I believe we couldn’t have done this without help from Prof. Shatha Al Sharbatti, our mentor.”

Prof. Hossam Hamdy, the Chancellor of GMU said that the University was always committed to creating professionals of the future, with a strong foundation of research and innovation. “GMU is proud of our accomplishment at the Undergraduate Research Competition. At GMU, our students, researchers and faculty are engaged in shaping the future of healthcare. The high quality of education, state-of-the-art training and research facilities, and exposure that the students receive towards research quite early on, are some of the reasons we have a student community motivated by the relentless pursuit of excellence in academics,” he said, adding, “Research is an important strategic direction of the Gulf Medical University Academic Health System. GMU students benefit immensely from the university’s global partnerships with over 60 international universities as well as some of the top research institutions in the world.”

Prof. Shatha Al Sharbatti, HOD – Community Medicine, College of Medicine, said: “I am proud of all MBBS students Research Projects. Their hard work, dedication and enthusiasm are reflected in the high-quality projects they submit every year to the Community Medicine Department. I congratulate the research group and specifically the student Ms. Kushboo who had presented the project. Further, I invite all MBBS Students to participate in all possible conferences and other scientific forum to share their research findings with others, gaining greater visibility for their research projects.”

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