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Tertiary Education

Shortly after the acceptance of Unani-Tibb by the Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa (AHPCSA) in 2001, the Institute facilitated the training of a 5 year Undergraduate Bachelor of Complementary Medicine (Unani-Tibb) degree, as well as a 1 year part time, Postgraduate Diploma, that commenced in 2003, at the School of Natural Medicine, University of the Western Cape.

The undergraduate training which is currently offered extends over a 5 year period with a 3 year BSc Complementary Health Sciences followed by a two year specialization Bachelor of Unani-Tibb Medicine degree. The 1-year postgraduate Diploma in Unani-Tibb, aimed at integrating Tibb philosophical principles with conventional medicine was offered to medical doctors and clinical primary healthcare nurses until 2007. It is one of the Institute’s long-term goals to have this programme established. Practical training of graduates is conducted under the guidance of Tibb doctors at the Tibb Treatment Centres in Surrey Estate and Langa in the Western Cape.

Training material for the Tertiary programmes was developed over many years by the Institute with reviews in 2002 and 2010 by international experts in the field of Unani Medicine.

November 2002 – Review Committee with Unani-Tibb experts from Hamdard University, Pakistan and Jamia Hamdard University, India together with other participants

Participants of the 2010 Curriculum Review Workshop included international experts from Hamdard University,(Pakistan), Aligarh University, Jamia Hamdard University and Bangalore Unani Foundation from India. Academics from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, University of Johannesburg as well representatives from the Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa