Irish minister launches campus

Prof Doughty (left) and Bruton share a light moment after unveiling the plaque to mark the launch.

Prof Doughty (left) and Bruton share a light moment after unveiling the plaque to mark the launch.

IRELAND’s Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton has recently launched the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) and University College Dublin (UCD) Malaysia Campus – or “RCSI & UCD Malaysia Campus” (RUMC).

Formerly known as Penang Medical College (PMC), it was awarded foreign university branch campus status by the Education Ministry earlier this year.

Also present at the launch were Department of Higher Education deputy director-general Dr Mohd Nor Azman Hassan, Irish ambassador to Malaysia Eamon Hickey, RCSI president Kenneth Mealy and UCD deputy president Prof Mark Rogers.

The event was hosted by RUMC president and chief executive officer Prof Stephen Doughty, vice-president (Academic Affairs) and registrar Prof David Whitford and dean Prof Premnath Nagalingam.

“As we celebrate this momentous achievement as the first of many RUMC milestones, we know that we are building upon more than 20 years of PMC’s high quality Irish education delivery.

“We continue to support the development of healthcare in Malaysia,” said Prof Doughty.

He said RUMC recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Health Ministry to establish a new pathway for Family Medicine training for doctors in Malaysia.

The university, he added, is committed to offer more high quality, internationally recognised programmes to cater to the growing demands in the global healthcare sector.

Established more than 20 years ago and owned by Irish institutions, the RCSI and UCD, the degrees are awarded by the National University of Ireland and are globally recognised.

The graduating class of 2019 will be the first to graduate under the new university name.

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