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The purpose of the Board of Trustees is to protect the interests of Gulf Medical University and to review and ratify the recommendation of the University Council.




Designated by the Board Members.

  • Consists of at least five members, excluding ex officio members, duly appointed or elected in accordance with the institution’s policies and procedures

  • Has a membership that ensures an appropriate balance of individuals with the range of expertise, including academic expertise, necessary to guide the policies and strategic planning of the institution

  • Has members representing the broader UAE community

  • Ensures that no more than one-third of the governing body’s members have a financial interest in the institution.

Term of office

Two years (Renewable)

Frequency of Meetings

The Board of Trustees shall meet twice in each year

Reporting to




Decision-Making & Voting Right


As a governing body, the Board shall be responsible for the governance and control of the University as follows:

  • The Board appoints the Chancellor, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of GMU.

  • The Board shall ratify the appointments of all senior positions in the University.

  • The Board ratify institutional policies and approves all policies.

  • The Board approves the institution's by-laws.

  • The Board approves and periodically reviews the institution’s mission and vision statements and progress in the achievement of its strategic plans.

  • The Board shall confer the degrees approved by the University Council.

  • The Board shall ratify annual budget and secure financial resources as requested.

  • The Board approves major facilities, contracts and campus plans unless otherwise delegated.

  • The Board ensures that the institution is subject to an annual external audit.

  • The Board approves the selection of an external auditor and receives and follow-up on, the auditor’s report and management letter.


  • The Board shall not be involved in management decisions or the day-to-day operations of the institution.


  • The Board evaluates the performance of the Chief Executive Officer and approves his or her contract and continuance in office.

  • The Board evaluates its own effectiveness and uses that evaluation for improvement.

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