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 have created and delivered a Postgraduate Masters programme in Diabetes Care, Education and Management. This programme is available to a wide range of Kuwait based healthcare professionals who study part time while in work.
The Graduation Ceremony on Sunday, 8 February 2015 marks the successful achievements of over 50 post-graduate students, including the first Masters level graduates. For them all 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 programme 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 programme 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 210 students have enrolled on the programme and collectively they have achieved over 650 work-based projects, directly impacting diabetes care in Kuwait.