Rep­utable uni­ver­sity for med­i­cal stud­ies

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Higher Education -

MA­NI­PAL has been syn­ony­mous with high-qual­ity med­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion since the 1960s. For many Malaysians, it was the favoured des­ti­na­tion for a su­pe­rior ed­u­ca­tion in medicine, den­tistry and even engi­neer­ing.

Ma­ni­pal Uni­ver­sity, In­dia, the par­ent in­sti­tu­tion for Me­lakaMa­ni­pal Med­i­cal Col­lege (MMMC), cel­e­brated its No.1 rank­ing among pri­vate uni­ver­si­ties of In­dia in the Ed­u­ca­tion World In­dia Pri­vate Uni­ver­sity Rank­ings 2017 and Best Uni­ver­si­ties Sur­vey 2017 (The Week).

Es­tab­lished 20 years ago, MMMC is now known as one of the best med­i­cal schools in Malaysia and provider of high-qual­ity med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als to the lo­cal health sys­tem. MMMC’s rep­u­ta­tion has spread far and wide with many of its alumni found across the globe.

Its 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 for its ac­com­plish­ments.

MMMC’s pro­grammes are unique in that the twin­ning fea­ture re­quires stu­dents to go to In­dia first and then re­turn to Malaysia for the clin­i­cal train­ing in lo­cal gen­eral hos­pi­tals. This is in re­verse of the usual prac­tice of twin­ning pro­grammes in our coun­try and it en­sures that MMMC stu­dents get the best of both worlds.

Ma­ni­pal has one of the largest Anatomy and Pathol­ogy mu­se­ums in the world. With over 1,000 dis­sected spec­i­mens on dis­play, it is deemed one of the best mu­se­ums in Asia. The stu­dents per­form real ca­daver dis­sec­tions dur­ing their learn­ing at Ma­ni­pal. It thus lays an ex­cel­lent foun­da­tion in ba­sic sci­ences in the first phase of their stud­ies in Ma­ni­pal, In­dia, re­in­forced with thor­ough clin­i­cal train­ing in Malaysian hos­pi­tals in the sec­ond phase.

MMMC com­menced with the first batch of MBBS stu­dents in 1997 and since then, al­most 3,500 grad­u­ates have passed through its hal­lowed cor­ri­dors up to July.

MMMC doc­tors are per­form­ing with dis­tinc­tion within the Malaysian health sys­tem and many have ad­vanced to post­grad­u­ate level. To com­ple­ment the suc­cess of the med­i­cal pro­gramme, Den­tistry was in­tro­duced in 2009 and MMMC seems set to pur­sue the self-im­posed high stan­dards in den­tal ed­u­ca­tion as well.

If the num­bers clam­our­ing for the pro­gramme are any in­di­ca­tion, it seems that the Bach­e­lor of Den­tal Surgery (BDS) is set to be another win­ner for MMMC.

Lever­ag­ing on Ma­ni­pal’s rep­u­ta­tion in In­dia as the top den­tal school, MMMC has cer­tainly mod­elled a win­ner. To im­prove chances for en­try into the pop­u­lar BDS, ap­pli­cants are ad­vised to sign up for the Foun­da­tion in Science pro­gramme (FiS). MMMC’s FiS is a one-year pre-uni­ver­sity course com­pleted solely in the Me­laka cam­pus, which is set amid the serene sur­round­ings of Bukit Baru.

MMMC’s foun­da­tion course is unique and pur­pose-built to pre­pare stu­dents for the MBBS and BDS un­der­grad­u­ate de­grees.

The in­clu­sion of sub­jects such as Anatomy, Phys­i­ol­ogy, Phar­ma­col­ogy and Oral Bi­ol­ogy at the foun­da­tion level pro­vides a bet­ter in­sight into these sub­jects while pre­par­ing the stu­dents for the un­der­grad­u­ate pro­gramme.

De­spite the rigours and in­ten­sity of the course, it is promis­ing to note that the FiS has a re­mark­able suc­cess rate of 95% and above.

Stu­dents who have been through the foun­da­tion found that the solid ground­work has made for a steeper learn­ing curve when they even­tu­ally move onto their de­gree stud­ies.

Par­ents who would like their chil­dren to ob­tain the much cov­eted Ma­ni­pal Uni­ver­sity de­gree would be glad to know that FiS stu­dents are given pri­or­ity for MMMC’s MBBS and BDS pro­grammes.

With a hall­mark of aca­demic ex­cel­lence and an en­vi­able record of ac­com­plish­ment in pro­vid­ing qual­ity med­i­cal and den­tal ed­u­ca­tion, MMMC is com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing a cur­ricu­lum that of­fers di­verse learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

The com­mit­ment to ex­cel­lence is one that is “In­spired by Life” and tem­pered by eth­i­cal ser­vice to the na­tion and hu­man­ity.

Ap­pli­ca­tions can now be sub­mit­ted on­line to MMMC for the MBBS (Oc­to­ber in­take) via www.ma­ni­pal.edu/me­laka.

Bet­ter still, drop by the cam­pus in Me­laka and be con­vinced of the com­mit­ment of Me­laka-Ma­ni­pal to high-qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion.

■ For de­tails, call the Ad­mis­sions Unit at 06-289 6662 (ex­ten­sions 1005 / 1020 / 1032 / 1035 / 1142).

Stu­dents build ex­cel­lent ground­work in the ba­sic sci­ences in the tra­di­tion of renowned In­dian med­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion in the first phase of their stud­ies in Ma­ni­pal, In­dia.

Sports fa­cil­i­ties at Ma­ni­pal’s Me­laka cam­pus.

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