Build­ing a stellar rep­u­ta­tion

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - HIGHER EDUCATION -

AS one of the top med­i­cal schools in Malaysia, Me­lakaMa­ni­pal Med­i­cal Col­lege (Ma­ni­pal Univer­sity) (MMMC) is highly re­garded in the coun­try as a provider of high-qual­ity med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als to the Malaysian health sys­tem.

In fact, MMMC’s rep­u­ta­tion has spread far and wide with many of its alumni spread across the globe, in­clud­ing the United States, Canada, Bri­tain, Aus­tralia, New Zealand and Sin­ga­pore.

MMMC’s rep­u­ta­tion stems from its drive to­wards ex­cel­lence in the ser­vices it pro­vides to stu­dents, and its en­vi­able record of awards and ac­co­lades are a show­case of its ac­com­plish­ments.

MMMC of­fers two un­der­grad­u­ate pro­grammes and a pre-univer­sity course.

The MBBS (Bach­e­lor of Medicine and Bach­e­lor of Surgery), its flag­ship pro­gramme, has been around since 1997, when the num­ber of pri­vate med­i­cal schools could be counted with the fin­gers on one hand.

True to its mis­sion and vi­sion, the drive for qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion has never slack­ened as it con­tin­u­ally looks at ways of im­prov­ing its de­liv­ery sys­tem. It has been branded a Su­per­brand in Med­i­cal Ed­u­ca­tion in 2011 by the In­sti­tute of Su­perbrands, South-East Asia.

The num­ber of doc­tors who have grad­u­ated from MMMC to­day stands at 2,511.

Hot on the heels of the MBBS is the highly pop­u­lar Bach­e­lor of Den­tal Surgery (BDS) – en­rol­ment is all filled up a year ahead of its in­takes, with queries num­ber­ing about three times the num­ber of seats avail­able.

The BDS re­mains a pop­u­lar choice ow­ing to the top rank­ing of Ma­ni­pal Col­lege of Den­tal Surgery (MCODS, Ma­ni­pal) in In­dia.

MMMC’s Foun­da­tion in Sci­ence (FiS) is a “pur­pose-built” pre-univer­sity pro­gramme. This is due to the novel idea of in­clud­ing the ba­sics of some medicine and den­tistry sub­jects in the Foun­da­tion with the aim of pro­vid­ing a pre­lude to and fa­cil­i­tat­ing tran­si­tion to the first year of med­i­cal stud­ies.

The Foun­da­tion is also be­com­ing very pop­u­lar, and stu­dents who en­rol in this course are guar­an­teed a place in the MBBS and BDS, as long as they ful­fil the min­i­mum en­try re­quire­ments into the de­grees of their choice.

Con­ducted in its cam­pus in Malacca, stu­dents of­ten re­mark on the con­ducive learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment of MMMC.

The FiS is a chal­leng­ing 12-month pro­gramme. What is heart­en­ing is that stu­dents fresh from the regi- mented Malaysian school sys­tem face up to the chal­lenge and the pass rates of the groups have not dropped be­low 85%.

Par­ents have now taken to en­rolling their chil­dren two to three months be­fore the in­take date, as MMMC has a self-im­posed limit of 100 for each of its three an­nual in­takes.

At the end of the day, proud par­ents ex­press their ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the over­all de­vel­op­ment of their chil­dren.

MMMC is thus on the right path guided by its motto, “In­spired by Life”.

For de­tails, look out for the ad­ver­tise­ment in this StarSpe­cial.

MMMC is highly re­garded as a provider of high-qual­ity med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als to the Malaysian health sys­tem.

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