The University of Bolton had awarded Mustafa Mohammed an honorary doctorate for his “outstanding contribution to dental education”.
He is the founder and managing director of Genix Healthcare, a national dental corporate with 27 practices, and the owner of Sparkle and SB Dental, two of the largest dental laboratories in the UK.
Mr Mohammed has been instrumental in the establishment of the university’s pioneering Centre for Dental Sciences, the newest dental education department in England.
It offers students access to state-of-the-art, purpose-built dental laboratories and specialist industry-standard equipment.
Mr Mohammed has also pioneered apprenticeships in dental care and technology and developed industry standards on behalf of the Government.
The University of Bolton praised the British Asian entrepreneur for giving freely his time and money to support the new Centre for Dental Sciences.
Mr Mohammed received his Doctor of Health Care award at a ceremony to mark the installation of the University of Bolton’s new Chancellor, the Earl of St Andrews, who is the eldest son of the Duke and Duchess of Kent.
Mr Mohammed said: “I feel very humbled to receive such a distinction and would like to thank the University of Bolton for bestowing this honour on me and my family.
“I have been successful in life and the best way to give something back is to support the next generation by investing in education and training
“In partnership with the University of Bolton, we have created the only industrial training centre in Europe and the first in Britain in living memory.
“I am proud to be associated with this important institution and wish it and all of its students every success in the future.”
Notes for Editors:
Mustafa Mohammed was born in 1969 in a village called Sharifabad in Pakistan. After he contracted polio as a small boy, he came to live in Elland, West Yorkshire and went to school in Brighouse. He later completed a degree at Sheffield in Computer Science.
Following his degree, Mustafa created an Urdu word processor and obtained a position as a computer programmer. He later returned to Pakistan to look after the family firm which he successfully expanded.
Returning to the UK, in 2005 Mustafa noticed the demand for dentists far outstripped the supply and so he set up his first practice in Garforth, West Yorkshire. He now owns 25 clinics across the UK and has been instrumental in the establishment of the University’s Centre for Dental Sciences.
Genix Healthcare is headquartered at the University of Bolton alongside sister company Sparkle, which has created one of Britain’s largest and best equipped dental laboratories on the campus.
Mustafa, a married father of three, divides his time between his homes in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, and central London.
Picture shows Mustafa Mohammed receiving award from the Earl of St Andrews
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