JHAH receives SCFHS accreditation for PG medical training

Updated 12 November 2019

JHAH receives SCFHS accreditation for PG medical training

Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare (JHAH) has become the first private institution to be accredited by the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties (SCFHS) for postgraduate medical training.
On Sept. 29, JHAH was recognized by Dr. Tawfiq bin Fawzan Al-Rabiah, minister of health, for fulfilling all required SCFHS accreditation standards with distinction and being awarded full institutional accreditation.
“We thrive to pursue excellence in training. This recognition and the honorary award bring us closer to fulfilling our dream and help us enhance further the learning experience at our center,” said Chief of the Office of Academic Affairs Dr. Abdulrazack Amir.
Institutional accreditation by SCFHS aims at creating an ideal learning environment based on health education principles for both trainers and trainees by harnessing all educational and clinical resources at an institution into a postgraduate professional health care program. JHAH’s residency program applies cutting-edge teaching methods that include simulations and an immersion in an evidence-based care model within JHAH’s proactive, patient-centric primary care service.
Dr. Daniele Rigamonti, FACS, chief executive of JHAH, said: “We are proud and honored to say that JHAH is the only private health care institution that received this prestigious recognition by SCFHS recognizing our quality and commitment in postgraduate medical training.”


SCFHS has accredited 45 health care institutions in the Kingdom, including 293 postgraduate training centers. Only seven of the accredited institutions (16 percent) have been granted full institutional accreditation for four years.

SCFHS has accredited 45 health care institutions in the Kingdom, including 293 postgraduate training centers. Only seven of the accredited institutions (16 percent) have been granted full institutional accreditation for four years.
Educating the nation’s next generation of health professionals is a cornerstone of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030. JHAH is committed to supporting this goal:
• JHAH offers medical residencies for Saudi physicians in five areas: Pathology, pharmacy, emergency services, anesthesia and family medicine
• JHAH offers internship programs for Saudi nationals in more than 30 areas including nursing, allied health and selected non-clinical trainees.
• JHAH family medicine residents ranked first in Kingdom’s exam results.
• JHAH has the highest number of certified trainers in family medicine in the region.

Pearson unveils Mideast winners of BTEC Awards

Updated 09 July 2020

Pearson unveils Mideast winners of BTEC Awards

Outstanding students, tutors and colleges from 25 countries, including from the Middle East, saw their achievements recognized at the BTEC Awards 2020 ceremony, held online for the first time due to coronavirus.

Hosted by presenter of the United Stand, YouTube influencer and BTEC ambassador, Flex, 17 category award winners were celebrated from the UAE and around the Middle East as well as internationally in subjects such as health and social care, performing arts, engineering, IT, business and sport.

Double Olympic gold medalist Max Whitlock and architect, TV presenter and campaigner George Clarke were among those presenting awards. 

They were joined by journalist and TV presenter Steph McGovern who spoke about her passion for vocational education and the BTEC Awards.

Spanning across 21 categories, the awards showcase the exceptional BTEC learners and teachers that have been nominated to win a gold, silver or bronze BTEC award. Accepted in more than 200 universities worldwide, BTEC is a highly regarded, career-focused qualification, studied in over 60 countries.

The Middle East winners are:

• BTEC Hospitality, Travel and Tourism Student of the Year Silver Winner — Finn Page, DESC, UAE

• BTEC Teacher of the Year (schools only) Bronze Winner — James McBlane, British School Al-Khubairat, UAE

• BTEC IT and Computing Student of the Year Bronze Winner — Sangeetha Philip, Cambridge International School, Dubai, UAE

• BTEC Business and Enterprise Student of the Year Bronze Winner — Delma Sharyl D’Silva, The Winchester School — Jebel Ali, Dubai, UAE

Cindy Rampersaud, senior vice president, BTEC and apprenticeships at Pearson Education, said: “This year I’ve been overwhelmed by the quality of BTEC Award nominations we received, and I am delighted to celebrate this year’s winners and the achievements of all learners who will be awarded a BTEC this year. 

Over the past few weeks and months, we’ve seen how the current pandemic has highlighted the critical role of key workers and individuals who are likely to have followed a vocational educational pathway such as BTEC.”

In the UAE, BTEC qualifications are available in sectors including applied science, art and design, business, childcare, construction, engineering, media, health and social care, hospitality, ICT, performing arts, public services, sport, travel and tourism.

Pearson has been delivering BTEC qualifications worldwide since 1984. A recent study revealed that 90 percent of BTEC students are employed full-time after graduating.

Globally, nearly 1 million students studied toward a BTEC in the past year, via 784 approved BTEC centers in 60 countries.

In response to new careers emerging within industries and ongoing change, Pearson is continually adapting and innovating its BTEC curriculum and learning to ensure it is relevant for young people and adults, supporting progression and career aspirations throughout lives.