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The Sun (Malaysia) - - MEDIA & MARKETING -

YES­TER­DAY was a proud day for Pe­nang Med­i­cal Col­lege (PMC) when it was granted “For­eign Uni­ver­sity Branch Cam­pus” sta­tus by the Malaysian Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry (MoHE). The 10th in Malaysia to at­tain this sta­tus, PMC is now called the Royal Col­lege of Sur­geons in Ire­land (RCSI) and Uni­ver­sity Col­lege Dublin (UCD) Malaysia Cam­pus or RCSI & UCD Malaysia Cam­pus, RUMC for short.

The ac­co­lade is a sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone for PMC, which was es­tab­lished 20 years ago as provider of the na­tion’s first reg­is­tra­ble med­i­cal de­gree from a Malaysian pri­vate higher ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tion.

Wholly owned by two Ir­ish in­sti­tu­tions, its de­grees are awarded by the Na­tional Uni­ver­sity of Ire­land and are glob­ally recog­nised.

Pres­i­dent of Ire­land and pa­tron of PMC Michael D. Hig­gins had this to say: “As pres­i­dent of Ire­land, may I send my con­grat­u­la­tions to all those who have worked so hard to achieve this ac­co­lade for the col­lege, and it is my sin­cere wish that Pe­nang Med­i­cal Col­lege will con­tinue to thrive and pro­mote the high­est stan­dards in ed­u­ca­tion for the ben­e­fit of the health, em­pow­er­ment and well­be­ing of all”.

In­stru­men­tal in es­tab­lish­ing Ir­ishMalaysian ed­u­ca­tion links in the re­gion is Ir­ish am­bas­sador to Malaysia Ea­mon Hickey, who com­mented that this ac­co­lade is ev­i­dence of the grow­ing re­la­tion­ship be­tween Ire­land and Malaysia. He hoped to see an in­crease in stu­dents shut­tling be­tween the two coun­tries as RUMC grows and de­vel­ops.

Nearly 1,600 med­i­cal doc­tors have grad­u­ated from PMC with glob­ally recog­nised med­i­cal de­grees of the Na­tional Uni­ver­sity of Ire­land (NUI). Now with RUMC, no doubt this will help push Malaysia up the ranks as a provider of qual­ity med­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion.

RUMC pres­i­dent and CEO Prof Stephen Doughty had this to say: “The up­graded uni­ver­sity is in the midst of de­vel­op­ing a suite of pro­grammes to ac­com­mo­date the hu­man cap­i­tal needs of the med­i­cal sec­tor in Malaysia. Hav­ing de­vel­oped high qual­ity Ir­ish ed­u­ca­tion across more than 20 years and con­trib­uted to the de­mand for Ir­ish-trained doc­tors in Malaysia, now is an ideal time to of­fer other pro­grammes at de­gree, mas­ters and doc­toral lev­els.”

The an­nounce­ment is cause for a great cel­e­bra­tion for all at RUMC, in­clud­ing Ir­ish ed­u­ca­tion as the in­sti­tu­tion has achieved its mis­sion in con­tribut­ing to pa­tients and so­ci­ety through ex­cel­lence in ed­u­ca­tion, learn­ing and re­search to ben­e­fit health­care. Visit www.pmc.edu.my for more in­for­ma­tion. An of­fi­cial cer­e­mony will be held to mark this achieve­ment.

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