The School of Business Executive Education at The American University in Cairo (AUC) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the General Authority for Healthcare Accreditation and Regulation (GAHAR) to build healthcare professionals’ capacities.
The collaboration reflects the AUC and GAHAR’s ongoing efforts to improve the quality of healthcare services provided to the community in line with the strategic objectives for Egypt’s 2030 Vision.
The MoU was signed by AUC Provost Ehab Abdel Rahman and GAHAR Chairman Ashraf Ismail at the AUC’s New Cairo Campus.
The ceremony was attended by AUC President Ahmad Dallal, AUC Counsellor Mohamed Hamza, Executive Director of AUC’s Executive Education Mohamed Abdel Salam, GAHAR Board Member Al-Sayed Al-Okda, and Head of the Technical Office at GAHAR Mahmoud Zeid.
“We are pleased to partner with GAHAR to offer programmes that serve the healthcare sector. The AUC has always been committed to offering professional education programmes with great impact. This collaboration reflects the AUC’s culture of lifelong learning, continuing education. and service to the community,” said Dallal.
The agreement entails providing a complementary programme extracted from the Egyptian Certified Accreditation Professional programme’s (EGYCAP) content to the holders of the AUC Healthcare Quality Excellence Diploma. The diploma holders will then be eligible to pass the GAHAR assessment exams and be certified and accredited professionals.
The collaboration aims to qualify medical professionals to provide safe and high-quality healthcare services in accordance with the accreditation standards issued by GAHAR that is approved by the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua).
The AUC Healthcare Quality Excellence Diploma addresses the current challenges in the healthcare industry and provides aspiring healthcare professionals with innovative techniques and approaches to creatively refine the provision of healthcare services. Participants of this diploma are exposed to the practical aspects of how to master continuous improvement methodologies, patient safety techniques, as well as acquire the latest in risk management expertise.
For his part, GAHAR Chairperson Ashraf Ismail welcomed the joint agreement, commenting: “This collaboration solidifies our efforts to promote the health sector and provide it with specialised experts with the needed knowledge and skills to qualify healthcare facilities for registration and accreditation.”
Ismail also praised the important role played by the AUC in setting the foundations of quality at the national and international levels.
“GAHAR allocates all its capabilities to achieve this common goal — which is qualifying technical calibres — either through the ISQua-accredited Egyptian GAHAR standards for the different healthcare facilities or through orienting, qualifying, or training instructors.”
“This agreement greatly supports the AUC School of Business’ mission to develop entrepreneurial and responsible global leaders and professionals. Our collaboration will act as a catalyst in paving the way for a more agile healthcare community by delivering high-quality professional development education for healthcare professionals,” said Sherif Kamel — Dean of the AUC School of Business.