GE Healthcare Partners joins Saudi university on research and consulting development

28 May 2019 3 min. read

Saudi Arabia’s Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz University has signed an MoU with specialist healthcare consultancy GE Healthcare Partners to drive localised research and develop consulting capabilities in the field of healthcare.

Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz University (PSAU) – which includes Colleges of Medicine, Pharmacy, and Applied Medical Sciences among others – has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with leading healthcare sector consultancy GE Healthcare Partners to help drive localised research and “empower Saudi students with advanced healthcare advisory and consultancy development.”

“PSAU has established its reputation in education excellence and community engagement, contributing significantly to developing an extensive talent pool of Saudi professionals,” said GE Healthcare Saudi Arabia General Manager Daoud Shinwari. “Through our partnership, we aim to collaborate on in-depth research into healthcare-specific challenges in the Kingdom that will help enhance their overall efficiency.”

According to the strategic agreement, GE Healthcare Partners will together with its partner Advanced Health Solutions (AHS) and the university work on extensive research on diverse aspects of healthcare in the Kingdom, while also cooperating in the field of healthcare consultancy and operational services – with healthcare advisory and consultancy workshops to be held for the PSAU students.GE Healthcare joins Saudi university on research and consulting development“The agreement highlights the goals of Saudi Vision 2030 and the National Healthcare Transformation Plan to promote public private partnerships as well as to strengthen academic-industry linkages," said Mobarek Ben Obaid Al Harbi, President of the Institute of Research & Consulting Services at PSAU, who signed the MoU together with Shinwari and AHS Chairman Mohammad Ben Fouad Zamakhshary.

Al Harbi continued; “As a center of excellence for education, we are committed to nurturing a generation of future professionals and experts, who will contribute to the development of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. GE Healthcare’s proven strengths in advisory and consultancy will serve as an ideal fit to drive localised research and to upskill the talents of our students.”

With a country headcount in excess of 260 professionals, GE Healthcare Partners – a healthcare and management consulting division within global giant General Electric – has been recently supporting the Saudi Ministry of Health on a wide-ranging patient-focused transformation initiative to improve efficiency and productivity, a project for which it won a prestigious MCA Award in the UK last year.

“We work with healthcare clients on strategic relationships, clinical command centers and consulting solutions that have provided us with unique insights on real-world healthcare sector challenges,” said GE Healthcare Partners Managing Principal for the EMG (Emerging Growth Markets) Karim Benhameurlaine. “Through our partnership with PSAU, we aim to deliver consultancy and advisory programmes that will enable Saudi talent to address these challenges.”

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