Dr.Raheema Abdul Raheem

Deputy Vice Chancellor


Raheema Abdul Raheem has been appointed as the  Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise) at  The Maldives National University since 27 December 2023.  Previously, Dr Raheema served as the  Dean of Research at MNU. She holds a PhD in Public Health and has numerous publications in the areas of public health and public awareness. In her role as the Dean of Research, she has led more than 40 research projects and secured funding for the university. Additionally, she served as the vice-chair of the university ethics committee and holds the position of Editor-in-chief for the Maldives National Journal of Research. Raheema is a member of both the research grants committee and the book writing grants committee. She has initiated and organized six Theveli conferences and two IEEE conferences. Previously, Raheema worked as a lecturer and Head of the Department at the Faculty of Health Sciences at The Maldives National University. Some of the research projects led by Raheema include ‘Strategic Support for Accreditation of Programs and Internationalization at South Asian Higher Education Institutes / SSAPI (2021-2023)’, ‘Endgame Strategy for Leprosy in the Maldives’, ‘Soil Transmitted Helminthiasis’, ‘Maldives Steps Survey’, ‘Trans-fat Survey’, and ‘Use of Wolbachia to Control Dengue’.


  • Doctor of Philosophy (Public Health), (2010-2014)Curtin University, Western Australia Thesis title: A cohort study of postnatal depression, infant feeding patterns and infant growth
  • Master of Public Health (2003-2005)Curtin University, Western Australia. Thesis title: Infant feeding practices of Maldivian Mothers
  • Bachelor of Health Sciences (Life Sciences) (1997-2000)Flinders University, South Australia
  • A’Levels Grade 11-12 (1995-1996)Eynesbury College, South Australia
  • Grade 11 (1993-1994)Science Education Centre, Male’, Maldives
  • O’level (1992)Aminiyya School, Male’, Maldives.