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Department Council

The Department Councils at Gulf Medical University serve as advisory bodies for their respective academic departments, fostering collaboration, strategic planning, and the advancement of education and research within the university. These councils aim to facilitate effective communication and decision-making within each department.




The Chair of the Department Council. In their absence, a designated senior faculty member will assume the role of Chair.

  • Head of the Department (Chair)

  • Faculty members from the department

  • Student representative(s) (undergraduate and postgraduate)

Term of office

The term of office for members of the Department Councils shall be two years, with the possibility of reappointment.

Frequency of Meetings

A minimum of one meeting per month. Additional meetings may be scheduled as required to address specific departmental needs and issues.

Reporting to

The Dean of the respective College at Gulf Medical University.



Decision-Making & Voting Right

The committee adopts a collaborative decision-making approach. Every member has voting rights including students. A simple majority, defined as more than 50%, is necessary for the approval of any given decision.


  • Academic Affairs: Manage and monitor all matters pertaining to theory classes, seminars, tutorials, practical classes, ongoing assessment and teaching assignments and duties.

  • New Programs: Explore the market and student needs for new programs that can be offered by the department

  • Program Review: Discuss any needs for changes in the course syllabi taught by the faculty in the department and forward the suggestions to the curriculum committee

  • Quality Assurance: Monitor and assess the quality of academic programs and make recommendations for continuous improvement.

  • Faculty Recruitment: Review and suggest candidate(s) to fill any vacant position at the department of pharmaceutical sciences

  • Faculty Development: Facilitate faculty development programs, workshops, and initiatives to enhance teaching and research capabilities.

  • Research and Scholarly Activities: Promote research initiatives, mentorship, and scholarly activities within the department.

  • Budget and Resource Allocation: Provide input on departmental budgets and resource allocation to support academic and research endeavors.

  • Policy Recommendations: Offer recommendations on department-specific policies and procedures, and ensure alignment with university policies.

  • Collaboration: Foster collaboration with other departments and colleges to facilitate interdisciplinary initiatives and research.

  • Community Engagement: Promote departmental engagement with the local and global community through outreach and service activities.

  • Advisory Role: Act in an advisory capacity to the Dean and other administrative bodies on matters related to the department.

  • Documentation and Reporting: Maintain records of meetings, decisions, and actions taken, and provide regular reports to the Dean of the College.

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