Diabetes is a significant problem in Kuwait where it has been estimated that up to 1 in 4 of the adult population suffers from the disease. Since 2011 the University of Dundee, a world leader in clinical diabetes care and diabetes research, in partnership with the Dasman Diabetes Institute (which was established by Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences “KFAS”), with its mission to prevent, control and mitigate the impact of diabetes in Kuwait has created and delivered a Postgraduate Masters program in Diabetes Care, Education and Management. This program is available to a wide range of Kuwait based healthcare professionals who study part time while at work.
The second Graduation Ceremony on Sunday, 31 January, marked the successful achievements of over 40 post-graduate students giving the program a total of almost 100 graduates. For all students, the Graduation at the Dasman Diabetes Institute is the pinnacle of three years of hard work and dedication, and Sunday’s celebration brings together dignitaries from across Kuwait and Scotland to celebrate their considerable achievements.
Through face-to-face and innovative blended, interactive teaching, the program enables healthcare professionals to provide more effective care for their patients. They gain specialized knowledge of diabetes along with the educational and management training that supports them in effective communication with colleagues and patients.
The program is flexible, allowing students to choose modules from a range of clinical, management or education based topics that are most relevant to their professional requirements. Throughout their studies students undertake multiple work-based development projects as assignments with the aim of immediately improving and developing diabetes healthcare provision and reflective practice throughout healthcare practices in Kuwait. So far, over 260 students have enrolled on the program and have achieved over 1000 work-based projects, directly impacting diabetes care in Kuwait.