Promoting postgraduate research skills in Yemen
19 December 2013
Earlier this year, Dr Mohammed Al-Haroni drew on his experience of working as a Postdoctoral Fellow at UCL Eastman Dental Institute to run a research skills course in Yemen.
Originally from Sana'a, Dr Al-Haroni – now working in the department of Microbial Diseases at UCL Eastman Dental Institute – returned to Yemen in August to run the four-day course with the support of the MBI Al Jaber Foundation. The Foundation, based in London, states its aims to promote education, cultural dialogue and good governance in the Arab world.
UCL Eastman Dental Institute is focussed on interrelated education and research, and it is this link that Dr Al-Haroni aimed to promote:
"The main activity of all dental schools in Yemen is teaching; their teaching is not linked to any research activity. However, the link between modern higher education and research can not be ignored."
"Coming from a centre of excellence in dental education and research, I decided to organise a course for young dental academics in the Faculty of Dentistry, Sana'a University, aiming to help them start research activities in dentistry to support their teaching and also highlight oral health problems in their society."
The one-week course was highly interactive with seminars, workshops, group work and assignments, addressing research management, proposal writing, the use of databases, scientific citations, and the analysis and presentation of data.
Dr Al-Haroni is looking forward to running the course again in 2014 and for it to be a core part of the first summer research school in Yemen.