To solve critical shortage of Emirati nurses and paramedics, experts opine a partnership with Indian educators can be the way forward.
According to Dr Tayeb Al Kamali, the Vice Chancellor of the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT), Emiratis represent only 5 per cent of the nursing and paramedic staff in the country. He said, “There is a worldwide shortage of nursing and paramedic staff, and it is evident in the UAE. We would like to partner with India in this niche market to develop the workforce in that field”.
He was speaking at the third Arab-India Partnership Conference hosted in the capital by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Indian ministry of external affairs and the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
HCT has one of the country’s three nursing schools. Since 2010, it has been trying new ways to address a shortage of Emiratis in the profession.