Endowed chairs

$6M gift will benefit Friedman School work in the Middle East

Tufts University and the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) in the United Arab Emirates have established two endowed professorships at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. RAK has pledged $6 million toward this endeavor, with $3 million earmarked for each professorship. The gift will create permanent funds, or endowments, whose investment income will support the salary and scholarly activities of the endowed chair appointees, sustaining them in their teaching, research and service.

This gift highlights the growing relationship between the Friedman School and RAK, which will foster the development of relevant knowledge to serve the nutritional needs of RAK, the region and the world. In addition to the endowed professorships, RAK and the Friedman School are developing a masterís degree program in nutrition, via distance learning, creating short courses for training physicians and allied health professionals in RAK and creating a health and wellness center in RAK.

This story ran in the June 2007 issue of the Tufts Journal.