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In 2007, the Friedman School joined with Ras Al Khaimah, one of the seven Emirates in the United Arab Emirates to participate in establishing Ras Al Khaimah, or "RAK" as a hub for nutrition education and health care that will serve populations in the UAE, neighboring Gulf States and South Asia.
Under the direction of His Highness Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member of the UAE and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, the government created the Investment and Development Office, and EDRAK, to fulfill their educational mission.
Among the projects was the establishment of a unique masters degree program taught in a blended format of online learning plus three to four residencies in the UAE, each of which is approximately eight days.
While the partnership's term is drawing to a close, the master's program will continue with additional course offerings and residencies on Tufts' Boston Health Sciences Campus beginning in the fall of 2013.
Additionally, the government of Ras Al Khaimah made a gift to the Friedman School to endow a professorship as a lasting tribute to our relationship. The Program Director of the blended learning degree program in RAK and in Boston, Dr. Lynne Ausman, is the Saqr bin Mohammed Al Qasimi Professor in International Nutrition, awarded through that from the government of Ras Al Khaimah and given in acknowledgement to Dr. Ausman for her contributions to the success of the masters program in Ras Al Khaimah.
Friedman School faculty members offer frequent online webinars to familiarize prospective students with the blended degree program. To learn receive information about or register for the next webinar, click here. You will receive an email invitation when exact times and locations are determined.
Tufts' Friedman School was selected to participate by developing a:
- Master's of Nutrition degree program in RAK, and
- Continuing Medical Education programs.
The Friedman School is committed to expanding the breadth and quality of nutrition worldwide. This collaboration with the government of Ras Al Khaimah gave the School a unique opportunity to educate future nutrition leaders and mid-career professionals - and bring needed expertise in prevention and treatment of preventable chronic disease to the region.