Strengthening healthcare education


Mastroianni signing the agreement in Australia while Chong signs the agreement in Malaysia.

THE Ramsay Sime Darby Healthcare College (RSDH College) is set to become a part of UOW Malaysia KDU, joining the University of Wollongong’s (UOW) global network of higher education campuses and benefitting from UOW’s internationally recognised nursing and health services education.

It will continue to provide professional outplacement training in Ramsay Sime Darby Health Care hospitals under an agreement inked.

The transaction will see UOW Malaysia acquire 100% ownership of Ramsay Sime Darby Healthcare Educational Services Sdn Bhd to deliver its nursing and health services programmes, including transferring trained staff and its current 360-strong student cohort.

The proposed acquisition will see the college’s nursing and health services programmes be jointly branded, with Ramsay Sime Darby Health Care continuing to provide eligible students with enrolment sponsorships and internship placements at its three hospitals in Malaysia for the next five years.

The college’s existing agreements with other healthcare providers for enrolment sponsorships and internship placements will continue too under UOW Malaysia ownership.

UOW Malaysia said it was confident of the college’s capacity for sustained growth in future years and in helping the country meet the growing demand for qualified health graduates.

Once approved by Higher Education Ministry, the acquisition will pave the way for the college to be relocated to UOW Malaysia KDU’s Glenmarie campus and benefit from UOW’s domestic and international healthcare education experience.

In addition to UOW Malaysia KDU Penang University College’s 13 years’ experience in delivering the Diploma of Nursing, UOW Australia offers highly regarded undergraduate degrees in nursing, medical and health sciences, exercise science and rehabilitation, public health, nutrition and dietetics science, neuroscience and pre-medicine. Postgraduate and PhD programmes in medicine, health leadership and other health-related fields are also available. UOW Malaysia parent company, UOW Global Enterprises (UOWGE) managing director and group chief executive officer Marisa Mastroianni and RSDH group chief executive officer Raymond Chong, agreed that the acquisition brought together complementary strengths in a long-term partnership that would help supply the highly trained workforce needed in Malaysia’s rapidly expanding healthcare sector.

“By combining a world-class, top 200 university with an exceptional, pioneering healthcare provider in South-east Asia, we will be able to offer world-class health education that produces well-trained nurses and health service professionals that Malaysia needs, ” said Mastroianni.

Chong said, “We had been cognisant for some time of the education market dynamics and were looking for the right partner to carry forward the college’s strong legacy.

“This collaboration marks a new chapter for both RSDH and UOW that allows us to leverage on our key competencies and position the college for long-term success, while sharpening the focus of the RSDH platform on the delivery of award-winning private healthcare services in the region.”

Both Mastroianni and Chong said opportunities to offer degree-level qualifications and pathways for international experiences for students and teaching staff throughout UOW’s global network would be explored in the years ahead.

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