1.0 JUMP-STARTING THE
start: From experience in Malaysia and
Brunei the project must start within one year of getting political support.
After 2 years the political support will evaporate and will not come back. It
is therefore suggested that the faculty should start teaching in September
2009 at the latest.
1.2 Enhancing political
and financial support: Once a gut decision
is made to start there will be more political support and many small and big
investors will come on board. People do not put money in something that does
The following steps will be
needed to start the temporary project:
2.1 Leadership: A founding dean should be appointed immediately to
coordinate project development. He should have 4 support staff who will be the
secretariat for the project. Once teaching starts 3 deputy deans should be
appointed (academic affairs, student affairs, and postgraduate & research).
affiliation: Agreements should be
concluded with the university that will award the degrees: MBBS / MD (for those
who complete 5-6 years of both pre-clinical and clinical training), Bsc (for
those who cannot proceed with the clinical training), and Msc (for those who
want to follow an academic/research track).
approval and license: Approval should be obtained
to start the faculty of medicine. Preliminary discussions should be held about
recruitment: Recruiting the first batch of
students should be completed at least 3 months before the start. The first
batch should be 120 students to ensure that 50-60 graduate after attrition over
5-6 years. The students should be well prepared in English and science
competence for 3 months before starting the course and English should continue
throughout the course of medical study. For competitiveness at least 10% of the
students should be international.
campus: Operations should start in 15,000
square meters of rented premises for pre-clinical programs with males and
females being fully separated.
training facilities: Agreement should be
reached with the Ministry of Health to use government hospitals and health
centers for clinical training. Agreements should also be concluded with
universities to provide clinical rotations for students within Saudi Arabia and
overseas (UK, New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, and Hong Kong).
a curriculum: Under franchise obtaining the
curriculum, teaching material, and examination system of an established faculty
of medicine (Saudi or British). There is no time to prepare a curriculum if the
faculty is to start immediately.
staff: faculty appointments should be made
as follows: 10 pre-clinical lecturers, 20 part-time lecturers from the local
area, and 4 laboratory assistants. Teaching staff must be recruited from successful universities
in the west and Muslim countries with the aim of internationalization to make
sure that no one nationality pre-dominates. The optimum ratio of Saudi to
international academic staff should be 7:3. Administrative positions should be
reserved for Saudi nationals.
assurance: It is highly desirable to appoint
a first class faculty of medicine to undertake quality assurance and help with
obtaining international accreditation.
PLANNING FOR THE LONG TERM
campus master plan: Alongside the
immediate and temporary arrangements that can last 5-10 years, planning should
proceed for the long-term and permanent arrangements. The start will be appointing
a Jeddah-based architectural firm to produce preliminary artists’ impressions
and line drawings of the complete project for purposes of promotion and cost
company, sharikat qaabidhat: I
propose a holding company with a wide vision and scope of investment in
health-related projects including education and training (medicine, public
health, pharmacy, nursing, and allied health professions), manufacture and
distribution (equipment, supplies, pharmaceuticals), services (research, health
management, disaster relief, and for-profit-research). The shares of the
company should be sold only to people who have the vision of the project. A
wide base of shareholders should be sought to include individual businessmen,
governmental bodies (eg Makka Emirate or Jeddah Municipality), and charitable
organizations. Shareholders can only resale shares on approval to others of
similar vision. The shareholders can also be encouraged to reinvest all profits
accrued for a period of 10 years until the project can stand on its own.
between the faculty of medicine and the holding company: The faculty of medicine should be registered as an
affiliate of the holding company. The holding company will oversee financial
operations of the faculty but shall not intervene in the academic governance of
the faculty. The faculty should be run independently under its own board of
trustees, senate, faculty council, and dean. All land and assets used by the
faculty should belong to the holding company rented at a nominal annual amount
of SR1.0. Its income should come from the holding company supplemented by
tuition payments and income from professional services. Profits made by the
medical school shall be turned over to the holding company.
3.4 A not-for-profit
waqf foundation: I
propose setting up a not-for-profit foundation with the same name as the
holding company. It will receive profits from the holding company or donations
from people who want to support the project but do not want to buy shares in
the company. The foundation will use this income to acquire assets that can be
used to generate income for specific projects like scholarships for students.
3.5 Building up
an asset base: The holding company should
in its first years aim at building up its assets base by acquiring land and
buildings in various places in the western region or other regions. These
assets will improve its balance sheet if decides to offer shares to the public
to raise more capital. Assets such as land, buildings, and major equipment will
belong to the holding company and it in turn will rent them out to the faculty
of medicine and other institutions at a nominal annual amount like SR1000.
the future curriculum: The curriculum can
be similar to what public Saudi universities are offering or can be from one of
the British universities. The American system is too unfamiliar for the Middle
East. The curriculum as an added value can incorporate an Islamic input
(details at http://omarkasule.tripod.com).