Top HCT students return from Daman-Organised trip to Germany

ABU DHABI, –Seven top students from Higher Colleges of Technology’s (HCT) Abu Dhabi Women’s College, have returned from a trip to Rosenheim University of Applied Sciences in the Bavaria region of Germany.

The students, who were identified by their teachers as being high-achievers, visited the university as part of a trip organised by The National Health Insurance Company � Daman.

The aim of the trip was to expose students to other healthcare systems outside the Middle East that also rely on a consumer-oriented health insurance approach like Abu Dhabi.

Students were hosted by Prof. Dr. Franz Benstetter from Rosenheim University of Applied Sciences, who is known world-wide for his in-depth knowledge and expertise in social insurance and health economics and is often consulted by the German Government on healthcare legislation. In addition to academia Prof. Dr. Benstetter has extensive professional experience in the field after being employed previously by Munich Re, one of the world’s leading reinsurers, which is also Daman’s reinsurer and one of its shareholders.

The visit aimed to provide students’ with a broader knowledge of consumer-oriented healthcare systems in addition to increasing their understanding of the underlying elements of health economics which are important to ensuring the success of the UAE’s approach to healthcare.

Daman organised the trip as part of its ongoing commitment to supporting young people, and in particular UAE Nationals, in their pursuit of a career in healthcare management, economics and insurance.

Dr. Michael Bitzer, Chief Executive Officer at Daman, said, “We are delighted to have been able to collaborate with Rosenheim University of Applied Sciences in Germany to offer exceptional students in Abu Dhabi with the opportunity to learn from a renowned expert in the field of health economics such as Prof. Dr. Franz Benstetter.

Prof. Dr. Franz Benstetter from the Rosenheim University of Applied Sciences said, “It was extremely rewarding to engage in a number of meaningful discussions with the students from HCT. It was clear that these talented students had a real passion for the field of health economics and I hope that the topics that that we covered during their stay proved beneficial to their studies going forward. I wish them all the best in their future careers in the sector.”

Daman is currently planning a reciprocal visit by Rosenheim students to Abu Dhabi. Daman will once again organise the trip in addition to hosting a number of briefings to educate German students on the UAE’s health insurance system.

Dr. Abdullatif Al Shamsi, Vice Chancellor of the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT), praised the cooperation between HCT, Daman Health Insurance Company (Daman) and Rosenheim University of Applied Sciences, in providing the distinguished training opportunities for HCT students.

He noted that the opportunities will develop students’ knowledge, skills and applied experience in health sciences by familiarising them with the latest international developments. “This study trip to Rosenheim University of Applied Sciences has broadened their horizons in the areas of health insurance systems, international health economics and best practices, while raising their awareness of the approved healthcare system in the UAE,” he said.

Source: Emirates News Agency