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IMU is Malaysia’s first and most established private medical and health sciences university with 29 years of dedicated focus in healthcare education. IMU has SETARA-2018/19 rating of 6 stars (Outstanding) under the Mature University category.

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29 Years of Shaping Healthcare through Innovation, Imagination and Insight

We keep ahead of the curve

At IMU we are acutely aware that rapid advancements in technology are impacting healthcare practices. We keep abreast with these changes to understand what is required of healthcare professionals in the future. With insight, we evolve and innovate our programmes to produce graduates who are savvy and competitive in this modern age. Every programme incorporates foundational competencies in data science including core topics such as the value of data.

We are recognised for our quality

In 2020, we were once again awarded the SETARA 2019 with a 6-star rating (Highly Competitive) under the Mature University category. We were also rated a 5-star university by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings.In 2017, IMU was the first homegrown private university awarded a 6-star rating in the much-coveted Rating for Higher Education Institutions in Malaysia (SETARA). Out of 71 institutions in Malaysia, only IMU and seven others made the cut.In the same year, IMU became the only private Malaysian medical university to receive the self-accreditation status from the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA). This status entitles a higher education provider – with a solid and reliable internal quality assurance system – to self-accredit certain programmes.

We are devoted to Medicine and the Health Sciences

IMU specialises in the fields of Medicine and the Health Sciences; and all our resources are dedicated to excellence in these areas. It is the first university in Malaysia to offer studies in Complementary Medicine; and our Chiropractic Programme is the first of its kind in the region. In our listing for Centres & Schools, you will find a variety of healthcare courses offered via our pre-university, undergraduate, postgraduate and continuous learning programmes. continuous learning programmes.

A stimulating and efficient approach to learning

At IMU, we encourage critical and innovative thinking through self-directed learning and early contact with patients. Our students spend more time out of lecture halls than in them. Throughout their degree programme, they are exposed to research projects at our Institute for Research, Development & Innovation (IRDI). They also gain extensive hands-on, clinical experience through IMU Healthcare’s private clinics and with leading hospitals in the country. These build key clinical skills and help students’ specialty decisions.

Affiliations with prestigious international universities

IMU pioneered the concept of twinning and credit transfer programmes with established universities around the world. Our undergraduates are able to transfer their credits to any of the 33 established Partner Schools we collaborate with. Students can opt to begin their healthcare education in Malaysia, but complete and earn their degree at any one of our partner universities in Australia, Canada, China, Ireland, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

Renowned and highly experienced faculty

Our lecturers are highly qualified in their respective fields. They have extensive experience in teaching, researching and publishing as well as professional experience in clinical practice. Through exclusive arrangements with our Partner Medical Schools, senior faculty members from those universities conduct yearly quality assurance reviews with our faculty. This ensures that IMU is benchmarked to global standards. We also have lecturers visiting on a rotational basis to teach specialised subjects.

WE ENGAGE WITH THE COMMUNITY

We engage with communityIMU requires active involvement of students and lecturers in the community. This allows knowledge gained in theory to be translated into public health education, good communication skills, and core capabilities that strengthens their professionalism in real-world environs. The IMU Cares programme is a platform that fosters students to not just be knowledgeable, but to become caring healthcare practitioners, able to respond to situations proactively.

We deploy employment-ready graduates

IMU students gain wide exposure through experiential learning, industrial placements and service to the community. This produces competent, caring and ethical professionals who are lifelong learners and make them an asset to their employers. To guide their choices, our Career Development Unit assists students in career development and research while pointing them to professional opportunities.

Local Campus, International Community

Currently, the University has over 3,800 students including over 430 international students from 43 different countries. We also have international lecturers. When our students study alongside those from different backgrounds, it contributes to a better understanding of their world, and to the ability to relate to people from various cultures. It is also an opportunity to develop strong friendships among peers which will organically result in an extensive professional network upon graduation. All these will converge positively for their professional development.

Scholarships for deserving students

Students who show outstanding academic results can apply for scholarships and bursaries at the Foundation in Science, Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels. This provision will help many eligible students achieve their dreams. Since 2002, RM32 million in scholarships have been distributed through IMU, to 187 students.

Prof Abdul Aziz Baba

VICE CHANCELLOR | MBBS (Mel), MRCP (UK), MRCP (Ireland), FRCP (Edin)

Welcome to the international Medical University (IMU), where the future of healthcare is You!

Since its founding in 1992, IMU has emerged to be Malaysia’s first and most established private medical and health sciences university with over 5000 IMU Alumni who are currently working as doctors and specialists and with another 3000 serving as pharmacists, in Malaysia and around the world.

 

Being a specialist university with 100% focus on medicine, health sciences and complementary medicine programmes, the University encourages Innovation, Imagination and Insight among its students and staff to develop a competency framework that ensures IMU graduates are work-ready, knowledgeable, competent and caring healthcare professionals who are critical thinkers, reflective and yet proactive.

 

As “living the values” is an integral part of IMU, the University also place emphasis on active involvement in the community to inculcate a caring attitude among students and staff. This is reflected in the robust camaraderie among students, staff and the community. It also enables students to translate knowledge gained in classrooms into health education to the public, enhance communication skills and strengthen their professional and technical skills in real world environments.

 

Medicine, dentistry and health sciences programmes have always been interesting paths to explore. With the dynamic change in healthcare services and the need of the communities, this has opened up many fascinating courses leading to attractive career paths. We would like to take this opportunity to advise students to learn more about a particular profession before they pursue any of these courses in order to ensure a better future for themselves.

 

We welcome you to explore the vibrant and diverse opportunities at IMU, discover our teaching and research strengths and our diverse networks of partners and collaborators.

 

Be the Future of Better Healthcare.

Vision

IMU shall be an innovative global centre of excellence in learning and research, supporting a community of scholars and professionals committed to serving society, promoting the development of students to reach their true potential in becoming competent, ethical, caring and inquiring citizens and visionary leaders.

IMU is committed to academic freedom and the principles of equal opportunity in the pursuit and application of knowledge, the highest standards of intellectual, educational and research productivity; and the establishment of a learning organisation that respects the individual.

Educational Mission

As an educational institution, our mission is:

  • To further strengthen the IMU a centre of excellence for undergraduate programmes in medicine, pharmacy and other health sciences programmes
  • To establish the IMU as a centre for higher education providing training through multidisciplinary programmes
  • To establish the IMU as a centre for postgraduate training and Continuing Professional Education
  • To train knowledgeable and skilful professionals with high ethical standards who will be dedicated to serve and improve the quality of life of the community
  • To train competent professionals with the use of innovative technologies of knowledge especially ICT in the teaching- learning process

Core Values

Our organisational culture is driven by our Core Values.
These values are encapsulated in the acronym: TRUST.

Quality Policy

We aim to be an innovative centre of excellence in learning and research, producing competent, caring and ethical professionals who are lifelong learners. We are committed to achieving the highest standards of intellectual, educational and research productivity.

Learning Outcome Domains

IMU adopts outcome-based curricula for all its programmes. This means that all graduates of IMU has fulfilled the desired outcomes expected of him or her in the programme.

These outcomes are designed to ensure that the graduate is ready for the workplace. These eight generic outcome domains as are below:

  • Application of basic sciences in the practice of the profession
  • Psychomotor skills
  • Family and community issues in healthcare
  • Disease prevention and health promotion
  • Communication skills
  • Critical thinking, problem-solving and research
  • Self-directed life-long learning with skills in information and resource management
  • Professionalism, ethics and personal development

Individual programmes will apply the above domains to develop their specific educational outcomes. These outcomes will drive all aspects of the curriculum in terms of content and organisation, delivery and educational settings, assessment and quality activities.

IMU Education Sdn Bhd is committed to a high standard of regulatory compliance in all our accounting, financial reporting, internal controls, and corporate governance and auditing. We have a Whistleblowing Policy as an avenue for employees and non-employees to raise concerns in good faith, without fear of reprisal. Download Policy

STRATEGIC GOAL 1

Continue growth by introducing new and innovative products

We will go beyond the traditional healthcare programmes and develop health services to complement the development of respective disciplines.

STRATEGIC GOAL 2

Create more values to students with a transformed delivery

We will go beyond the traditional healthcare programmes and develop health services to complement the development of respective disciplines.

STRATEGIC GOAL 3

Advance health through innovation by focusing on selected niche areas

We will go beyond the traditional healthcare programmes and develop health services to complement the development of respective disciplines.

STRATEGIC GOAL 4

Build capacity and capability for the new operating model

We will go beyond the traditional healthcare programmes and develop health services to complement the development of respective disciplines.

Tan Sri Dr Kamal Salih

The Late Dr Mei Ling Young

The Late Dr Saidi Hashim

29 years ago, it was clear that Malaysia was facing a serious shortage of doctors.

Our Story

1990 saw an acute shortage of doctors in Malaysia. Local universities were not producing enough practitioners. Studying medicine abroad was costly and beyond the means of many eligible students. Dr Kamal Salih, a visionary, and Dr Mei Ling Young, a social scientist with a strong interest in development, had a brilliant solution – if Malaysian students could not go out to get the medical training they qualified for, it would be brought to them.

Daring to Dream

Kamal and Mei Ling approached Dr Saidi Hashim who had helped found the Universiti Sains Malaysia’s (USM) Medical School. Together with Professor Ong Kok Hai, a USM colleague, the four began to visualise their dream of a medical school. They invited two leading medical educationists from the United Kingdom – Professor Ron Harden and Professor Ian Hart – to join them.

 

Bringing together their diverse expertise, the six brainstormed a unique education model where medical students would spend their first five semesters studying in Malaysia, and then move to a leading institution of higher learning overseas to complete their medical studies.

 

Five distinguished international universities embraced this radical concept and came on board as Partner Medical Schools (PMS) – making the aspiration of studying abroad accessible to more Malaysians.

A World’s First

The dream materialised in 1992 in the form of the International Medical College (IMC).

 

It became Malaysia’s first private medical college and introduced the world’s first programme to allow medical students to transfer their credits to a Partner Medical School.

 

The IMC was officially launched on 13 April that year by Education Minister, YB Datuk Amar Dr Sulaiman Haji Daud with the full support of his Ministry and the Ministry of Health Malaysia.

Phase 1

From 1992 to 1998, IMC focused on designing and building the first phase of its Medical Sciences programme which was recognised and accepted by some of the world’s best Medical schools.

 

In 1995, IMC started two intakes. By 1998, we were transferring abroad 68 students a year.

Turning Crisis into Opportunity

In 1998, the Asian financial crisis struck. Currencies fluctuated and the Malaysian ringgit went on a downward spiral. The Malaysian Government and parents sending students abroad for medical studies were badly hit. Some of IMC’s pre-Medical students ended up stranded and unable to continue their studies. Mei Ling had to negotiate with the PMS for some leeway and flexibility.

Phase 2

Seeing the need, the Government tasked Kamal and Mei Ling to fast-track the setting up of IMC’s Clinical School. This would allow IMC to become a full-fledged university. Students who completed their Medical Sciences programme could choose to transfer their credits either to a PMS or to continue locally at the IMC’s Clinical School.

 

Again, Professors Ron Harden and Ian Hart were consulted. Senior medical deans Professor Michael Orme of the United Kingdom, Dr John Ruedy of North America and Professor Ian Simpson from New Zealand were also recruited. Leadership was provided by Professor John Joseph Bosco, who was to become the first Malaysian Clinical Dean of the IMC. Together they formed the curriculum and designed the set up for the Clinical School.

 

The curriculum produced was innovative and modern and within a year, everything was finalised including staff recruitment.

IMC Becomes the International Medical University

University Status

On 4 February 1999, IMC was granted university status and became the International Medical University (IMU). The Clinical School was built to connect to the Hospital Tuanku Ja’afar (also known as the Seremban hospital), which is now the largest government hospital in Negeri Sembilan.

 

IMU welcomed its first batch of 46 students in September that year.

These students would be the first batch to have the option to complete their medical studies in Malaysia, and graduate with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) from IMU.
In 2001, just three years after the programme’s launch, IMU earned an accreditation from the National Accreditation Board, also known as the Malaysian Qualifications Register (MQA).

Clinical Exposure

Soon after its inception, IMU began collaborating with several hospitals to give its students exposure to the full spectrum of primary, secondary and tertiary medical care.

 

A “Senior Clerkship” programme was also implemented to allow final semester students to intern as housemen. This contributed significantly to the quality of IMU’s medical graduates.

Expanding into the Health Sciences

In 1996, IMU introduced a twinning programme for Pharmacy with the University of Strathclyde.

 

By 2004, we introduced our own Bachelor of Pharmacy programme and in 2005 the IMU launched its Bachelor in Nursing programme.

 

2008 saw the setting up of the Dentistry Faculty which offered the options to complete one’s degree in the IMU or to transfer credits to a Partner Dental School (PDS).

 

In our vision to provide a comprehensive and niche medical and health sciences education, which includes studies in complementary and alternative medicine, IMU achieved another first in Southeast Asia in 2010 when we introduced the evidence-based Chiropractic programme.

 

Following closely was the introduction of the Chinese Medicine programme in February 2011, where basic medical sciences were taught alongside clinical practices of Chinese Medicine. The programme adopted and applied a scientific and evidence-based approach to Chinese Medicine.

 

Other programmes IMU now offers are in Nutrition and Dietetics, and Psychology as well as non-clinical health programmes such as Medical Biotechnology, Biomedical Science and Pharmaceutical Chemistry.

Postgraduate Programmes

Since 2004, IMU has been offering postgraduate programmes, such as the MSc and PhD programmes by research.

Developing Our Research Potential

As with any good University, IMU began research activities in the year 2000, with the goal to become research driven.

 

In September 2012, the Institute for Research, Development and Innovation (IRDI) was established to grow our research potential capacity.

 

The IRDI’s key research areas cover Cancer & Stem Cell, Bioactive Molecules & Drug Delivery, Environmental & Population Health, and Health Professions Education Research.

Between 2008 to 2011, IMU’s faculty published 568 papers, of which 281 (49.5%) appeared in respected Indexed scientific journals such as the Lancet, British Medical Journal, Cochrane Data Base Systematic Reviews and Human Pathology, to name a few.

A Shift: Medical Education Research

IMU also delved into medical education research, and since 2000 the university has initiated 947 research projects, by undergraduates, graduates and faculty.

 

Research in medical education has become increasingly important to ensure that medical curricula translates into healthcare that is evidence based.

Making Healthcare Holistic

IMU began to set up holistic healthcare centres as early as 2010, and the first centre it established was the IMU Oral Health Centre.

 

This was followed by the IMU Chiropractic Centre in May 2010, the IMU Medical Clinic in July and the IMU Chinese Medicine Centre in November.

 

We take great pride in this teaching and service innovation.

Inculcating Social Responsibility

In 2002, IMU began looking at how it could produce healthcare professionals with a caring attitude and who were sensitive to the needs of their community.

 

This led to its first fund-raising project – a Charity Run held in the Bukit Jalil campus on 12 October 2002.

 

Serving the Community has since become ingrained in IMU’s values and identity.

 

Today, our community engagement services sees IMU students, faculty and staff regularly and intentionally promoting healthy lifestyles to vulnerable and underprivileged groups via health education, healthcare screenings and public health services.

 

They undertake these projects through IMU’s long-running Kampung Angkat (village partnership) programme, the Health and Wellness Programme, and the IMU Cares programmes.

The Present and Future

IMU has become a recognised integrated Medical and Health Sciences institution, offering education, healthcare and research in partnership with some of the world’s most respected individuals and institutions.

 

We are currently building our first IMU Hospital, adjacent to our Bukit Jalil campus. The Hospital is scheduled to be completed in 2022.

 

We strive to continually improve our programmes to ensure our graduates are in step with advances in technology, medicine and healthcare.

 

We remain focused on the central philosophy that guided our founders – access to quality medical education; innovation and imagination as a cornerstone; and continuous insights and reflection to visualise and realise IMU’s future.

Year 2021

  • 8 June
IMU virtually welcomes the pioneer cohort of students into the Postgraduate Diploma In Prosthodontics programme.
  • 26 April
IMU virtually welcomes the pioneer cohort of students into the Postgraduate Diploma In Endodontics programme.
  • 12 April
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed with Selgate Healthcare Sdn Bhd (SELGATE Healthcare) to cater to the supply and demand of skilled and professional manpower in the areas of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, and nursing, among others.
  • 5 April
A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was inked with the University of Nottingham together with REM Corporations Sdn Bhd at the IMU Bukit Jalil campus to discover and develop therapeutics from underexplored medicinal plants. There is definitely an increasingly powerful case for revisiting natural products for drug discovery.

Year 2020

  • 27 March
IMU begins diagnostic testing for COVID-19. IMU was invited by the Malaysian Ministry of Health to perform this service under an initiative to recruit diagnostic laboratories to help the Government cope with the rising number of COVID-19 cases.
  • 11 August
IMU signs a Memorandum of Understanding with the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS), InciSioN Malaysia and DriveMark to formalise a collective effort to promote a Nationwide Road Safety Campaign.
  • 7 September
IMU virtually welcomes the pioneer cohort of students into the Master of Counselling programme.
  • 5 October
Following a three-month audit, IMU is rated a five-star institution by Quacquarelli Symonds’ QS Stars, the world’s leading provider of services, analytics, and insight to the global higher education sector.
  • 18 December
IMU is awarded the SETARA 2018/19 six-star rating for the second consecutive term under the Mature University category. IMU is the only local private university among the Top 8 Universities that received this recognition by the Ministry of Higher Education.
  • 27 March
IMU begins diagnostic testing for COVID-19. IMU was invited by the Malaysian Ministry of Health to perform this service under an initiative to recruit diagnostic laboratories to help the Government cope with the rising number of COVID-19 cases.
  • 7 September
IMU virtually welcomes the pioneer cohort of students into the Master of Counselling programme.

Year 2019

  • 28 February
The signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Ministry of Health (MOH) Malaysia to collaborate in developing an interactive online training module on patient safety complete with self-assessment tools for junior healthcare professionals and medical students prior to their housemanship training. The signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Ministry of Health Malaysia (MOH) marking the first private led partnership in the adoption of the MOH’s Komuniti Sihat Pembina Negara (KOSPEN) programme.
  • 4 March
We welcomed the pioneer cohort of students into the MBA in Healthcare Management and Postgraduate Diploma in Diabetes Management and Education programmes.
  • April
IMU officially opened its IMU Advanced Microbiology Collaborative Research Laboratory (AMCRL), a research facility to promote stronger research collaboration and technology transfer between Malaysia and international partners.
  • June
IMU has been successfully accredited to conduct the Food Handlers Training Programme (Kursus Latihan Pengendali Makanan, LPM) by the Ministry of Health, Malaysia.
  • 29 June
IMU’s co-founder Dr Mei Ling Young was conferred with the Honorary Doctor of Medical Education at the University’s convocation.
  • 18 July
Signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with MERCY Malaysia, an international non-profit organisation focusing on providing medical relief, sustainable health-related development and risk reduction activities for vulnerable communities, in both crisis and non-crisis situation.
  • 23 July
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed with the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Regional Centre for Food and Nutrition (SEAMEO RECFON) to collaborate in health and medical research on nutrition and food safety training in Southeast Asia.
  • 13 September
IMU collaborates with multi-award-winning data technology provider, Fusionex, to integrate Big Data Analytics (BDA) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) in IMU’s medical and health sciences programmes.
  • 2 November
IMU graduates its first cohort of Postgraduate Certificate of Business Administration in Healthcare Management.
  • 15 November
IMU once again won two (2) awards under the “2019 Malaysia’s Healthiest Workplace” by AIA Vitality. The awards received were the “Healthiest Workplace” and “Healthiest Employer” for medium sized organisation category.

Year 2018

  • 6 March
IMU’s Quality Management System has been certified by Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance (LRQA) with MS ISO 9001:2015 standards in the provision of Pre-University, Undergraduate, Postgraduate Programmes for the Medical and Healthcare Professions
  • 20 April
The first university in the region to win the Bronze Award at the World Renowned Global CSR Summit & Awards™ for its IMU Cares programme.
  • 8 June
First university in the world to be awarded with the International Accreditation for Education Programs for Dietitian-Nutritionists by the International Confederation of Dietetics Association (ICDA) for its BSc (Hons) Dietetics with Nutrition programme.
  • 30 June
IMU graduates its first cohort of Postgraduate Diploma in Implant Dentistry students and its first cohort of Postgraduate Certificate in Health Professions Education students. At the same event, the new Chancellor of IMU, YBhg Dato’ Dr Gan Ee Kiang, was officially installed in his new role. Also officially installed as IMU’s new Pro-Chancellor is YBhg Tan Sri Dato’ Dr Yahya bin Awang
  • 26 July
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with IMU which will see both parties collaborating and exchanging industry knowledge to further elevate the areas of medical education and health research in the country.
  • 20 September
Signing of a historical Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with The National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway) giving IMU’s Foundation in Science (FiS) students who have successfully completed their programme in IMU to be admitted as students in NUI Galway to a relevant degree or qualification by the Irish institution.
  • 28 September
We welcomed the pioneer cohort of students into the Master of Science in Acupuncture programme.
  • 8 October
IMU Healthcare names Pembinaan Mitrajaya Sdn Bhd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitrajaya Holdings Bhd as the contractor in charge of the building construction of IMU Hospital’s Phase 1 block. The hospital will be built on the land adjacent to the International Medical University (IMU) and work is expected to commence by 15 October 2018.
  • 3 November
The first cohort from Master of Pharmacy Practice graduated at the University’s 46th Convocation Ceremony.

Year 2017

  • 9 January
We welcomed the pioneer cohort of students into the Master of Pharmacy Practice programme.
  • 10 March
The University officially kickstarted their 25th Anniversary Celebrations at their University Day, an event held annually to commemorate its university status conferred in 1999. The overarching theme for this anniversary celebrations is “Better Health, Better Society”.
  • 20 March
IMU holds “Self-accreditation status” following the announcement made by Malaysian Qualification Agency (MQA). IMU is one of the eight (8) universities that received the coveted award. The self-accreditation status entitles a higher education provider (HEP) to accredit its programmes except for programmes that require accreditation and recognition of the relevant professional body.
  • 11 May
IMU launched its Wellness programme on 11 May 2017 to promote overall wellness amongst the staff and students of IMU. This was launched by Deputy Minister of Health Malaysia, His Honourable Dato’ Seri Dr Hilmi Bin Haji Yahaya. He also presented the university with the “Kafeteria Sihat” (Healthy Cafeteria) and “MyBeSS” awards for its Pandan Serai Café. IMU is the first university in Malaysia to receive such awards by the Ministry of Health (MOH) Malaysia.
  • 28 August
IMU officially signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with Becker Professional Education (Becker) today, making it the first to offer this fundamental key to qualify medical graduates for a residency position and potentially practice professionally and legally in the USA.
  • 10 October
IMU is the first runner – up for the MyBess National Awards 2017 in Category C – Individual Outlets / Institution, Shopping Complex or Hypermarket.
  • 13 November
IMU won the “Healthiest Employees” and “Healthiest Workplace” for medium sized organisation category in recognition of its healthy workplace programmes, and contribution to workplace health. The two awards are under the “Malaysia’s Healthiest Workplace” programme by AIA Vitality.
  • 16 November
IMU was awarded 6 stars (Outstanding Category) rating in the SETARA 2017 under the Mature University Category. This University is  the only private Malaysian University in this category.
  • 14 December
IMU Healthcare (IMUH) based at Bukit Jalil, will commence work on its first hospital after a ‘ground breaking’ ceremony officiated by the Minister of Health Malaysia YB Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam. Built on the land adjacent to the University and is targeted to be operational in 2021, the Hospital will enhance the existing healthcare services to the community with new patient-centric inpatient and surgical facilities.

Year 2016

  • 1 January
Prof Abdul Aziz Baba officially takes office as Vice-Chancellor (CEO) of IMU Education. Prof Aziz takes over from Tan Sri Dato’ Dr Abu Bakar Suleiman whose term as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of IMU Education ends on 31 December 2015. Tan Sri Dato’ Dr Abu Bakar will remain as the President of IMU Health Sdn Bhd, the parent company overseeing IMU Education, IMC Education and IMU Healthcare.
  • 4 May
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between IMU and Nestlé (Malaysia) Berhad to seal the mutually-beneficial collaboration.
  • 16 May
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  • 29 July
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by IMU  and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) whereby IMU through its community outreach programme, ‘IMU Cares’, will implement various projects to educate and empower young refugees to improve their health and well-being, as well as adopt positive behavioural changes towards better health.
  • 29 September
IMU Education Sdn Bhd has been awarded the “Anugerah Majikan Terbaik 2016″ (Best Employer Award 2016) by KWSP (Employees Provident Fund) Wilayah Persekutuan. We are one of the few companies selected among the thousands of companies in Wilayah Persekutuan to achieve this recognition.
  • 19 October
We welcomed the first cohort of the Postgraduate Diploma in Implant Dentistry Programme.
  • 22 October
IMU graduates its first cohort of Bachelor of Science (Hons) Nutrition students.

Year 2015

  • 7 May
IMU signs MoU with University of Tasmania to provide an additional credit transfer option for IMU’s pharmacy students.
  • 8 May
IMU signs MoU with Novartis Malaysia for the sharing of industry and academic knowledge and use of facilities, collaboration on research and development activities as well as collaboration in community projects.
  • 16 May
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed with University of Strathclyde to promote students and staff mobility as well as provide opportunities for collaboration on research and development activities.
  • 15 July
10th Anniversary BPharm Dinner at Hotel Istana.
  • 17 August
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between IMU and IndiPharm (Malaysia) to reaffirm the commitment of IMU and IndiPharm (Malaysia) to provide good quality and customised research training programmes to clinical staff engaged in the conduct of clinical trials.
  • 6 September
IMU continues its support to the community by launching its IMU Community Centre at Plaza Salak Park with the primary purpose of supporting the surrounding community with affordable quality healthcare services.
  • 19 September
IMU Chariofare 2015 breaks record with more than RM 170, 000 raised for charity, providing support to four beneficiaries: Penang Hospice Society, Ti-Ratana Welfare Society, Rumah Victory and IMU Cares Disaster Fund.
  • 24 October
Hiroshima University (HU) signed an MoU with IMU at the Ana Crowne Plaza Hotel in Hiroshima, Japan for collaboration in research, staff and student mobility between the two universities.
  • 24 November
IMU Cares: A Myanmar – IMU Collaborative Community Project 2015
  • 30 November
IMU’s Dean, School of Medicine is Panel Member of Roundtable Discussion at Women’s Health Summit.
  • 2 December
IMU Pharmacy Students won the Best Poster Presentations at MPS Pharmacy Scientific Conference 2015.
  • 16 December
Handover ceremony with IMU President, Tan Sri Dato’ Dr Abu Bakar Suleiman officially handing over the “baton” to the new Vice-Chancellor (CEO) of IMU Education, Prof Abdul Aziz Baba.

Year 2014

  • 1 January
The appointments of YBhg Dato’ Dr Amir Abbas as the University’s fourth Chancellor, and YBhg Dato’ Dr Gan Ee Kiang as its Pro-Chancellor.
  • 6 January
We welcomed more than 50 students – the pioneer cohort – into the Foundation in Science Programme This is the first pre-university programme to be offered at IMU.
  • 26 February
We received the certificate of accreditation for our Pharmaceutical Chemistry Programme from the Royal Society of Chemistry at a ceremony at the Bukit Jalil campus.
  • 14 June
The new Chancellor and Pro-Chancellor were officially installed, in at Convocation. The Convocation also saw the graduation of our first cohort from the Chiropractic Programme.
  • 23 May
The Research Laboratory received accreditation, under the International Standard ISO/IEC 17025:2005, for 3 years.
  • 6 September
The second Convocation of the year, we celebrated the graduation of the first cohort to undertake the Masters programme in Analytical and Pharmaceutical Chemistry.
  • 20 September
We raised RM 171,764 at the annual Charity Carnival & Run. This year all the proceeds were donated to four beneficiaries: Pertubuhan Hospice Negeri Sembilan, Pusat Penjagaan Kanak-Kanak Cacat Taman Megah, Dignity for Children Foundation, and the IMU Cares Disaster Fund.

Year 2013

  • 22-23 February 2013
University Day and Health Awareness Day
  • 26 April
IMU Cares Programme at the University, in which the university has adopted the village of Kampung Tekir won First Place in the MacJannet Prize for Global Citizenship
  • May
IMU started a Clinical School in Kluang.
  • 8 June
IMU Graduates First Cohort of MSc in Public Health and Bachelor of Dental Surgery at its Graduation Ceremony
  • 25 August
IMU’s School of Medicine conferred the AMEE ASPIRE to Excellence Award in the area of “Student Engagement”
  • 21 September
More than RM 150,000 was raised at the IMU Chariofare, a Charity Carnival and Charity Run with all the proceeds going to charity
  • 30 September
The first intake of students for the Nutrition degree programme
  • 13 October
Jom Kayuh II: An IMU Health Awareness Project in Batu Pahat
  • 24 October
IMU’s Chiropractic programme accredited by the Council on Chiropractic Education, Australasia Inc.(CCEA).

Year 2012

  • 2 March
The 20th Anniversary Celebrations was officially launched on University Day. The theme for the 20th Anniversary Celebrations is ‘Celebrating 20 years of Excellence and Innovation in Education’.
  • 9-13 March
15th Ottawa Conference held in Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, co-hosted by IMU and AMEE. The first ever in Asia attended by approximately 1,200 medical educationists from around the world.
  • 18 September
The Institute of Research, Development and Innovation (IRDI) was officially launched at IMU on 18 September 2012 in a ceremony officiated by the University’s Chancellor, YBhg Dato’ Seri Dr T Devaraj. This is an important milestone for the university as the establishment of IRDI reflects the university’s commitment to invest strategically in the areas of research excellence. The new institute, based at the university, will also ensure sustainability and advancement in research by realigning the research direction of the university.

Year 2011

  • 7 January
Signing of Memorandum of Understanding with SIRIM Berhad to collaborate in providing IMU students with industry experience and work environment exposure through internship placements and/or study visits.
  • 27 January
A 5-year strategic plan, IMU ASPIRE, was officially launched
  • 21 February
Pioneer batch of 13 students enrolled into the IMU Chinese Medicine programme
  • 8 March
Signing of Memorandum of Understanding with National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The partnership will include joint projects in promoting and developing materials in higher education programmes, and working in joint research towards publications in the area of occupational safety and health.
  • 28 May
First student to graduate with a Bachelor of Nursing Science (Hons)
  • 5 September
The pioneer batch of students was enrolled in the IMU Master of Science (Public Health) programme. This is the first ever postgraduate taught programme in Public Health offered by a private university in Malaysia.
  • 5 December
Signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Sodexo Malaysia Sdn Bhd, a global leading service provider of on-site service solutions, motivation solutions, personal and home solutions in the areas of student attachment, continuous professional development activities and research.

Year 2010

  • 22 February
The pioneer batch of 30 students was enrolled in the IMU Chiropractic programme.
  • 2 March
Launching of Hospital Tuanku Ampuan Najihah, Kuala Pilah as a Teaching Hospital of IMU.
  • 1 April
Signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with GCH Retail (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd [Guardian Pharmacy]. Under the Memorandum of Understanding, IMU’s pharmacy students will be able to gain industrial experience and work environment exposure through internship placements, attachments or study-visits as well as employment opportunities at Guardian.
  • 12 April
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed with Swiftlet Eco Park Berhad and Gleneagles Hospital to promote academic and research interactions on bird’s nest extract and other areas of mutual interest.
  • 7 June
Signing of Memorandum of Understanding with Pantai Premier Pathology (PPP) Sdn Bhd for student attachments and provision of Continuous Education Programmes.
  • 14 June
Signing of an agreement with Shofu, Inc as an industry partner for the Dental programme.
  • 24 June
An agreement was signed with the Ministry of Health (MOH) for the use of MOH’s facilities for the teaching and training of IMU’s students for the Bachelor of Science (Hons) Nutrition and Dietetics and Bachelor of Science (Hons) Biomedical Science.
  • 2 August
Signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Besta Corporation Sdn Bhd. as an industry partner for the Nutrition and Dietetics programme.
  • 18 September
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed with Eu Yan Sang International Ltd (EYS) as an industry partner.
  • 13 October
Signing of an agreement with KBU International College for the Foundation in Health Sciences programme .
  • 9 November
An agreement was signed with a new Industry Partner, National Kidney Foundation of Malaysia (NKF) on students placement, community activities, sharing of community and academic knowledge and use of facilities.
  • 4-5 December
Official Launch of Chinese Medicine and Chiropractic Seminar and Workshop and IMU Healthcare Centres and Clinics by Malaysian Minister of Health, YB Dato’ Sri Liow Tiong Lai.

Year 2009

  • 9 January
Signing of an agreement with SRAS (or Satellite Reconnaissance Arresting Sickness) Berhad as an industrial linkage partner.
  • 6 April
The pioneer batch of students was enrolled in the IMU Nursing Science programme.
  • 7 July
Students’ dialogue session with former Malaysian Prime Minister, YABhg Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
  • 24 July
Signing Ceremony between IMU and the University of Newcastle for the articulation of psychology programme.
  • 5-10 October
IMU MBBS 10th Anniversary Celebrations.
  • 10 October
10th Anniversary MBBS (IMU) and the Clinical School Dinner at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.

Year 2008

  • 1 January
YBhg Dato’ Dr Lim Kee Jin was appointed as IMU’s second Pro-Chancellor.
  • 25 February
The pioneer batch of 50 students was enrolled in the IMU dentistry programme.
  • 15 April
A Memorandum of Agreement was signed between IMU and Mawar Renal Medical Centre to provide quality healthcare services to patients.
  • 23 April
A Memorandum of Agreement was signed between IMU and Tung Shin Hospital. This agreement was signed to enable IMU students to do their clinical practice in Tung Shin Hospital. This is for the Chinese Medicine degree course that will be offered in IMU in the future.
  • 24 May
The pioneer batch of Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons) students graduated at Sheraton Subang Hotel & Towers, Selangor Darul Ehsan. The first student to graduate with a PhD from IMU also received her degree at the same convocation.
  • 14 July
The pioneer batch of students enrolled for the IMU Nutrition and Dietetics, Psychology, Medical Biotechnology, Biomedical Science and Pharmaceutical Chemistry programmes.
  • 21 July
Two Memoranda of Understanding was signed with BP Healthcare Group for pathology services and industrial training.
  • 2 September
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between IMU and RMIT University, Australia to develop courses of study in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Chiropractic programmes.

Year 2007

  • 14 March
The Community & Social Responsibility (CSR) Programme was launched by the President of the IMU on University Day.
  • 19 April
The first International Medical Education Conference (IMEC-2007) was held at Crowne Plaza Mutiara Hotel, Kuala Lumpur. More than 300 participants represented by Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, Japan, UK, Iran, Uzbekistan, Australia, Laos, Pakistan and New Zealand attended this event.
  • 20 April
The 15th Anniversary Celebrations was officially launched at a dinner at Crown Plaza Mutiara Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.

Year 2006

  • 19 August
The pioneer batch of 2 postgraduate students graduated with Master of Science (IMU) at Sheraton Subang Hotel & Towers, Selangor Darul Ehsan.

Year 2005

  • March
The IMU achieved MS ISO 9001:2000 for the provision of tertiary education in medicine, Pharmacy & health sciences.
  • 20 August
YBhg Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr Sulaiman Haji Daud was officially installed as the second Chancellor of the University.
  • 22 August
A Memorandum of Agreement was signed between IMU and University of Strathclyde.
  • 7 September
The pioneer batch of 9 students were enrolled in the local 4-year Bachelor of Nursing programme (BNur).

Year 2004

  • 28 February
A Memorandum of Agreement was signed between IMU and Kobe University. The signing of the agreement formalises a collaborative arrangement between the two institutions in areas relating to exchange of faculty members and research staff, joint research activities, support of lectures, research workshops and symposia, exchange of information and academic publications, and exchange of students.
  • 7 March
Hospital Port Dickson was officially launched as IMU’s teaching hospital.
  • 15-16 March
The Medical Education Colloquium organised by the IMU, was held at its campus in Bukit Jalil.
  • 26 May
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between IMU and Multimedia University to establish a Centre for Advanced Medical Multimedia Research (CAMMR). The main aim of this centre is to promote research in the fields of systems programming and multimedia as well as developing computer-aided teaching applications and learning materials in support of medical education.
  • 21 July
The pioneer batch of 75 students were enrolled in the local 4-year Bachelor of Pharmacy programme (BPharm). An inaugural white coat & pledge-making ceremony was held on this day for these students.

Year 2003

  • 15-16 March
The Medical Education Colloquium organised by the IMU, was held at its campus in Bukit Jalil.
  • 31 May
YBhg Tan Sri Datuk Seri Chong Hon Nyan was officially installed as Pro-Chancellor of the University.

Year 2002

  • 29 March
IMU Clinical School in Batu Pahat was officially launched.
  • 8 June
The pioneer batch of 42 medical students graduated with MBBS (IMU) at Hotel Nikko, Kuala Lumpur.
  • 12 October
IMU Cares was launched in conjunction with the first Charity Run that was held in the Bukit Jalil campus.
  • 29 November
IMU’s Alumni website was launched. This date was chosen as it coincides with the first IMC Student Registration Day.

Year 2001

  • 4 February
University Day was officially launched, to commemorate the day IMC became IMU.
  • 1 March
Tan Sri Dato’ Dr Abu Bakar Suleiman was appointed President of the IMU.
  • 21 March
The Medical Museum was opened by YBhg Datuk Dr Kamal Salih, Chairman of the Board of Governors in a ceremony held at the IMU campus in Bukit Jalil.
  • 12 April
The 10th Anniversary Celebration commenced with a dinner at Hotel Nikko, Kuala Lumpur. At the same event, the Strategic Plan for the next 10 years was launched. This plan charts out the activities for the second decade of development and direction of IMU as an organisation.
  • 22 May
IMU launched Medical Scholarships amounting to RM 1 million. Four scholarships are offered annually, each costing RM250,000. These would be offered for the September intake of each year.
  • July
The IMU obtained accreditation for its MBBS (IMU) from the National Accreditation Board (LAN).
  • September
IMU announces 2 IMU-University of Strathclyde Pharmacy Scholarships, each valued at more than RM100,000.

Year 2000

  • 1 January
The IMU moved to a new and larger campus in Bukit Jalil. The university occupies three floors of the building with a built-up space of about 205,000 sq ft.

Year 1999

  • 4 February
College was granted university status and became the International Medical University (IMU) thus providing an additional option to students to read the whole medical degree in Malaysia towards the MBBS (IMU).
  • 21 August
First convocation as a university, held at Sheraton Imperial Hotel, Kuala Lumpur. At this convocation, the first Chancellor, YABhg Tun Mohamed Zahir was formally installed as first Chancellor.
  • 20 September
IMU Clinical School receives its first batch of 46 medical students.

Year 1998

  • 20 April
IMC received an invitation from the then Minister of Education, YB Dato Seri Mohd Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak, to become a university.
  • July
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Year 1997

  • 31 May
The first convocation held in Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan, for pharmacy students who would be furthering their studies to University of Strathclyde, Scotland.

Year 1996

  • 3 February
The first convocation for the college was held in Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan. The convocation was for medical students who would be furthering their studies to Partner Medical Schools abroad.
  • 4 March
A twinned pharmacy programme with University of Strathclyde, BSc (Hons) in Pharmacy, was launched.

Year 1993

  • 29 November
The pioneer batch of 75 students were enrolled in the medical programme.

Year 1992

  • April
The International Medical College (IMC) was established in Kuala Lumpur by the then Minister of Education, YB Datuk Amar Dr Sulaiman Haji Daud. This was a pioneering effort involving a private medical training institution representing a totally new concept of international partnership for the twenty-first century. Initially, the college had five Partner Universities: • University of Aberdeen • Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland • University of Glasgow • University of Liverpool • University of Dundee
  • November
Professor John S Beck from the University of Dundee was appointed the Foundation Dean of the IMC.

Annual Reports

The Vice-Chancellor’s Report summarises the University’s most notable activities and achievements for each academic year. It also includes meaningful stories about our students and captures IMU’s vision to continue being a leader in the education of innovative and caring healthcare professionals of the future.

 

View the Vice-Chancellor’s Report:

Prior to 2016, our Annual Reports were titled the President’s Report.

The International Medical University (IMU) recognises the importance of achieving sustainable development and to create long-term shared value for our students, staff, community and ultimately to secure our future.

As part of the IHH Healthcare group, we are committed to ensuring responsible and sustainable management which includes the following pillars:

 

Our People, Our Patients, Our Organisation, Our Environment and Our Community.

 

Environment is also one of the key pillars under our IMU Cares programme with the aim in creating sustainable environments through research and conservation efforts to nurture an environmentally responsible society.

Sustainability Initiatives

Energy Conservation Programme

The University’s Facilities Management and Administration (FMA) Department manages the functionality and maintenance of the building and centralised administrative resources required by the organisation. The adoption of Planned Preventive Maintenance (PPM) approach allows the University to ensure the efficient use of energy within its facilities. This includes good maintenance establishment, optimal operational system controls for efficient performance and timely renewal of major energy consuming equipment. Continuous upgrades and refurbishment of the University are in various stages of implementations – short, medium, and long-term.

 

This includes:

  • Energy saving campaign in which staff and students are to switch off lights, split-unit air conditioning and electrical appliances after use (ongoing)
  • Upgrading of light fittings into energy saver light bulbs (completed in 2019)
  • Replacement of aging motors into HEM motors (completed in 2019)
  • Retrofit existing escalators with sensors (2020)
  • Monitoring and maintaining chillers temperature at 47°F for optimal performance (ongoing)
  • Purchase of electrical products that are Energy-star compliant (ongoing)
  • Installations of BAS to control and monitor equipment operation (planning)
  • Participation in the World Earth Day annually to create greater awareness on energy conversation (ongoing)

 

ITS Initiatives

  • Deployment of energy-star laptops to replace all standard desktops including the replacement of 809 Laboratory desktops with all-in-one computers to reduce power consumption and increase efficiency (Year 2016-19).
  • Energy-smart saving mode has been enabled on all devices to ensure energy conversation during period of inactivity.
  • Migration of systems to cloud service hosted at Green Data centres are currently ongoing.

Water Conservation Programme

Upgrade works have been carried out within the facilities to use water more efficiently. Posters on conserving water are placed in restrooms to remind users to close the taps when not in use. In line with World Water Day, awareness campaign is also shared through the University’s digital platforms such as facebook, twitter, Instagram etc.

Recycling Programme

The University has provided recycling bins around campus and encourages both staff and students to be socially responsible and separate their wastes.

 

e-Waste Campaign

Aside from this, the University had launched its e-waste campaign under the IMU Cares programme in collaboration with the Recycling Club and MPU4 programme in year 2017 and has been ongoing since. Educational materials to enhance awareness amongst the IMU Community were created and developed by both staff and students. These includes posters, animated video, bunting, leaflets, campaign teasers, etc.

 

 

 

A series of seminar and workshops were also conducted for continuous education and outreach. To support this effort, the University opened its doors as a venue of collection for the community. In 2019, a total of 7039 kg was collected and sent for recycling.

Transportation

Being a city campus, designated parking areas for students and staff have been arranged for the ease of accessing the campus. Shuttle busses have been arranged to support the travels of staff and students between the campus, corporate service office and parking areas. This is part of the efforts to reduce pollutants and traffic congestion in the surrounding area. Chartered busses and the IMU Van are also made available to transport students for community service activities, events and field trips.

Tribute to Our Co-Founder and Board Member
The Late Dr Mei Ling Young
1949 – 2021

A charismatic, exuberant and passionate social scientist, the late Dr Mei Ling Young, or fondly known as Mei Ling, was one of the three founders of the International Medical College (IMC), Malaysia’s first private medical college in 1992.

 

Together with Tan Sri Datuk Dr Kamal bin Salih and the late Dr Saidi Hashim, they had embarked on a mission – to establish an educational model that would allow more young Malaysians to pursue their ambitions to become doctors and other healthcare professionals through a globally recognised curriculum. With the help of two established professors of medical education, Ron Harden and Ian Hart, they devised a simple, brilliant but daring model and the only one of its kind in the world where all students who achieved the required standard, the outcomes, can be transferred in their clinical years to initially. Five and later, to nearly 33 renowned medical schools throughout the English-speaking world. Her determined and visionary leadership has been an example to us all for the near 30 years since our establishment. [Read more here]

 

For students and staff alike, Mei Ling nurtured in us an unending thirst for knowledge. By her own example, she encouraged a humble but unyielding pursuit of excellence, and in her personal and professional life, she gave us the greatest gift of all: the dream of discovering new things for ourselves, and the ability to realise that dream.

 

Also known for her inclusive, positive and caring nature, she will continue to touch countless lives – even as she passes on from this one. Her legacy will live on in IMU, through each student, staff and everyone else who have passed through IMU’s doors.

 

As a tribute to the late Mei Ling, you may share your thoughts, photos and on this site: Visit Site

 

Thank you and may you rest in peace Mei Ling.