Self Development Unit

“As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world – that is the myth of the atomic age – as in being able to remake ourselves.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“Self-development is a higher duty than self-sacrifice.”
- Elizabeth Cady Stanton


University life is a major turning point for many students. Pursuing a degree which open doors to a new world. Whether it’s academic knowledge or meeting new people, learning to study in a new way or discovering more of one’s gifts and skills, it’s all a new process.  This lifelong learning process comes with new responsibilities. We are required to make different decisions at different stages in life.  It’s a stage in life where we can decide what our education will encompass. Is it just academic or both academic and self-development?

“The aim of life is self-development. To realise one’s nature perfectly-that is what each of us is here for.” ― Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

IMU believes in the development of the whole self. The IMU Self Development Unit (IMU SDU) functions as a centre to assist and facilitate your university life in the social, developmental and academic activities. We carry out talks, organise workshops and facilitate group counselling or self-discovery sessions to enhance your studies and personal development.

“Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.” ― Lao Tzu – Tao Te Ching

The IMU SDU is also here to guide and support you through our various services including individual, group and career counselling. Whatever you say will be treated as strictly confidential. Hence, you can pursue your career in the healthcare profession with minimum distress.


To empower and be a platform for students to discover their potential, develop their emotional intelligence and self-awareness.
To equip students with the skills and knowledge to manage their life better and hence lessen the effects of the stressors in their life.
To be a professional Counselling Unit which provides confidential and professional counselling services.

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IMU Self Development Unit (IMU SDU), formerly known as the Counselling Unit, is under the Student Services Hub.

When we started off in 1992 as Malaysia’s first private medical college, offering medical degrees, one counsellor met the student needs. Besides providing counselling, the counsellor organised workshops for students and assisted in other administrative duties of the Student Affairs Department.

Today IMU has grown to become a university offering courses in both Medical and Health Sciences fields with 3 full-time counsellors, one part-time counsellor at Bukit Jalil (BJ) and one part-time counsellor at Seremban (SB). Counselling services are outsources at other clinical campuses.

We are proud to be able to grow and change with the times. Today the unit conducts various workshops with emphasis on self-development programmes for students and has two counselling rooms equipped with expressive art materials as a more creative and non-threatening way for self-discovery and understanding oneself.


IMU aims to 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.

The IMU Self Development Unit contributes to this through its vision of “Journeying with Students to discover their Identity, Gifts and Potential.”

Besides this, the unit aims to provide professional guidance and counselling to enable students to understand and deal with social, behavioral and personal problems. This will develop them to be a more emotionally and psychologically stable healthcare professional who will contribute well to society.

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