UTM, KPJ plan to set up research-based hospital in Johor

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  • Thursday, 15 Mar 2012

JOHOR BARU: Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) is collaborating with KPJ Healthcare Bhd to set up a research-based hospital at the university's main campus in Skudai here.

Its vice-chancellor Professor Datuk Dr Zaini Ujang said the project would start by the end of the year and the hospital would be built on a 3.23ha site.

He said both parties were still working on the details of the project, including the design of the building and the budget needed to build the hospital.

“This is a public-private partnership and funding for the project will come from financial institutions and not the Government,” Dr Zaini said yesterday.

He was speaking at the UTM entrepreneurial lecture series called Starting a Company: JobStreet Story by JobStreet.com chief executive officer Mark Chang.

Dr Zaini said the university's faculty of health science and biomedical engineering would be involved in the project.

This is because the faculty produces engineers for the healthcare-related sector, and that as a research-based hospital, engineers from the faculty would focus on developing state-of-the-art medical equipment in medical procedures which involve usage of high technology.

“Apart from developing advanced medical machines, we will work closely in the research and development activities to develop new medical innovations,” he said.

KPJ Healthcare Bhd is a unit of Johor Corp and is listed on Bursa Malaysia. It has 20 hospitals nationwide and two in Indonesia.

StarBiz has learnt that the Health Ministry has agreed in principle to the project and that UTM is expected to submit the building plan to the ministry next week for its approval.

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