About Badya University

Badya University Academic Partnership

Founded as the state’s first medical school in 1891, the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB) has served the healthcare needs of Texans for more than a century with outstanding programs in health science education, patient care, and research. Over the past 130 years, UTMB has conferred more than 25,000 degrees to students in medicine, nursing, biomedical sciences, and allied health sciences. From its small beginnings as one hospital and one school with 23 students, UTMB today consists of six hospitals, five schools with 2,500 students and residents, an extensive network of campus- and community-based clinics, a Level I trauma center, two institutes, an affiliated Shriners Burns Hospital, and state-of-the-art research facilities.

UTMB Health currently ranks No. 14 among the 2023 Vizient Quality and Accountability Study 115 participating comprehensive academic medical centers. UTMB excels in healthcare efficiency and safety practices. Areas of clinical excellence include geriatrics, cardiac services, diabetes care, kidney disease, telemedicine, and behavioral health.

UTMB’s nationally recognized and growing research programs focus on biodefense and infectious diseases, vaccine development, aging and longevity, neuroscience, molecular medicine, environmental health, asthma, gastrointestinal health, cancer, and diabetes.

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The objectives of the academic partnership

  1. Elevate Badya University’s health professions curricula with a focus on active learning
  2. Enhance faculty expertise to offer advanced healthcare education
  3. Explore innovative Joint research initiatives in MENA healthcare with UTMB
  4. Enhance the provision of superior healthcare services, for Badya University to become a regional hub for medical excellence in the MENA region
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Areas of Collaboration


UTMB and Badya University collaboration will provide technical assistance for three schools namely, the School of Medicine, the School of Dentistry, and the School of Physiotherapy.

Faculty Development

Faculty development aims to equip educators with the knowledge, skills, and resources needed to excel in their teaching roles.


UTMB and Badya University will jointly develop a plan for teaching basic and clinical sciences. They will also explore strategies for student credit transfer and online healthcare certifications.

Student Development

UTMB will assist Badya University in developing a comprehensive plan for student assessment, that may include but is not limited to, using human simulation for assessment and systematic assessment of learning, as well as integrating NBME exams, OSCEs, clinical observation, and quality improvement processes, along with Ethics Across the Curriculum (EAC).

Monitoring and Evaluation

UTMB and Badya University will jointly develop a comprehensive plan for curriculum evaluation to be implemented by Badya University, including the establishment of a Curriculum Committee and Subcommittees, a course review process, and course evaluations by both students and teachers, as well as strategies for active student involvement.

Student Support Services

UTMB and Badya University will jointly develop a comprehensive plan for student support services, that may include the assignment or hiring of capable counselors, and the implementation of workshops for licensure exam preparation, professional development, and career counseling to be deployed by Badya University.

Integration of Research in Education

Integrating research in education enhances the learning experience for students and fosters a culture of inquiry and evidence-based practice, allowing future graduates to become lifelong learners, critical thinkers, and leaders in advancing knowledge and improving patient care. 

Healthcare Education in the Middle East

UTMB’s technical assistance to Badya University aims to involve four cardinal domains:

  • Quality improvement measures
  • Healthcare digitization
  • Electronic health records (EHRs)
  • Clinical governance for improved patient care, while leveraging technology to improve patient outcomes and experiences.

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