FORMER Health Minister Tan Sri Chong Hon Nyan was installed as the first Pro-Chancellor of the International Medical University and conferred an honorary Doctor of Science degree at its convocation ceremony recently.
Chong was recognised for his role in developing the Malaysian healthcare system and for his invaluable contribution to the growth of IMU. He also served as a pioneer member of the board of governors.
IMU celebrated its 11th year with the graduation of 252 students. A total of 32 students received their MBBS (IMU) degree, while 130 received the Advanced Diploma in Medical Sciences and 90 were awarded the Certificate in Basic Pharmaceutical Sciences
Among them was Dr Asmah Zainudin, a Mara-sponsored student, who won the Dr John Joseph Bosco Memorial Gold Medal for achieving the highest marks in the Medical Convocating Class of C2/2000.
Yau Lin Tai received the Dr Saidi Hashim Memorial Gold Medal from the university’s pro chancellor.
Advanced Diploma in Medical Sciences students will be transferring to the IMU Clinical School or to one of IMU’s partner medical schools overseas.
Pharmacy students who have completed the first 2½ years of their programme will be transferring to the University of Strathclyde, in Britain, to complete the degree course.
Among the graduates were two international students, from Indonesia and Myanmar, who will be transferring to a partner medical school overseas.
For the Pharmacy Convocating Class of P1/2001, the top student was Chow Hoong Seng, who won the Board of Governors Gold Medal for achieving the highest marks in this class.
In his speech, IMU chairman Datuk Dr Kamal Salih highlighted key activities and IMU's achievements in research and development, healthcare, and business/corporate activities.
“With the implementation of IMU’s E-Varsity Strategy, the Virtual Medical University project has developed an e-learning platform for the medical sciences project and the nursing programme,” he said.
Research projects carried out at IMU in clinical and biomedical science have been identified as priority research areas by the medical sector of the Intensification of Research in Priority Areas Programme of the Ministry of Science, Technology and the Environment.
“To nurture the development of scientists in Malaysia, the IMU has introduced an intercalated programme leading to the Bachelor of Medical Sciences (Hons) which will provide a foundation for research training to our medical undergraduates who aspire to do research after they graduate,” Dr Kamal added.
Also present at the graduation was IMU president Tan Sri Dr Abu Bakar Suleiman.
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