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Institution Profile

Background

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The International Medical University (IMU) was established in 1992 as the International Medical College (IMC), Malaysia’s first private medical college. It attained university status in 1999 and has remained true to the key elements of the IMC vision, which are to widen access to professional healthcare education, and to use innovative, integrated and student-centred means in providing that education.

This vision required strong links to be forged from the outset, with reputable partner medical schools committed to excellence and who share our educational philosophy. It was our progressive, systems based, integrated medical curriculum that first caught the imagination of our partner medical schools, and today we collaborate with more than 30 world-class universities in Australasia, North America, Ireland, the United Kingdom and China.

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Academic Strength

IMU pioneered the partner university model. This provides students of the majority of the undergraduate programmes with credit transfer options to an international partner university. Such an option proves that IMU’s curriculum for these programmes is benchmarked to international standards. Over the last 23 years, IMU has grown from a medical college with five partner universities in 1992, to an internationally recognised higher education institution with more than 30 world class partner universities in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the US, Ireland, China and the UK. Students also have the option to complete their entire degree in IMU.

IMU’s Learning Philosophy is grounded on its core values, which fosters students’ development into knowledgeable, competent and caring healthcare professionals who are critical thinkers, reflective and yet proactive. The IMU Cares programme provides ample opportunities for IMU students and staff to engage and serve the community. Active involvement in the community allow students to translate knowledge gained in classrooms into health education to the public, enhance communication skills and strengthen professional and technical skills in real world environments. All this combines to create graduates who are committed to lifelong learning and imbued with a sense of good citizenship, leadership and ethical behaviour.

IMU is owned by IMU Health Sdn Bhd, one of the key subsidiaries of IHH Healthcare Bhd. IHH Healthcare Bhd is a leading international provider of premium healthcare services in markets where the demand for quality healthcare is growing rapidly – specifically in Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa ("CEEMENA"). IHH Healthcare Bhd is the world's second-largest listed healthcare operator by market capitalisation.

Programme Outline

IMU’s main campus is located in Bukit Jalil and its clinical schools are in Seremban, Batu Pahat, Kluang and Kuala Pilah. The university prides itself on its state-of-the-art facilities which are extensive and are equipped with the latest technology which is constantly upgraded. In recent years, the course line-up has evolved to meet Malaysia’s growing need for healthcare staff in multiple disciplines.

A university wholly specialising in medicine, health sciences and complementary medicine programmes with all resources devoted to excellence in this area of education, IMU now offers a pre-university programme: Foundation in Science; a range of undergraduate programmes in medical and health sciences: Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Nursing, Nursing Science, Dietetics with Nutrition, Nutrition, Psychology, Biomedical Science, Medical Biotechnology, Chiropractic, Chinese Medicine; as well as postgraduate degrees: MSc and PhD in Medical and Health Sciences (by research), MSc in Public Health, Master of Formulation Science, MSc in Analytical and Pharmaceutical Chemistry and MSc in Molecular Medicine.

At IMU, students will have relevant clinical exposure and/or industrial placements which better prepares students to become a healthcare professional, giving them an advantage in the employment market. In addition, students will study alongside a diverse population of students and practitioners from all healthcare fields. This inter-professional learning allows them to appreciate how the different fields in healthcare practice relate and complement each other, which better prepares them for employment. Students will also have the chance to develop strong friendship amongst peers that will be the foundation of an extensive professional network upon graduation which will facilitate your career development.

One of the subjects in the Foundation in Science, Cross Boundary Studies, gives students the opportunity to work in collaborative groups to explore issues in an inter-disciplinary approach, strategise and implement changes that have positive impact. Students will then be able to communicate how they apply their knowledge to solve this issue.

All programmes are government-accredited; the MBBS degree is recognised by the Malaysian Medical Council, the pharmacy degree by the Malaysian Pharmacy Board, and the nursing degree by the Nursing Board Malaysia.

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Student Support Services & Student Development Activities

IMU has more than 4,000 students on-campus and that number is steadily growing. Most students are from Malaysia and the international students hail from Singapore, Japan, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, South Korea and Maldives. IMU has more than 300 international students from 43 countries. 

There are more than 300 highly-qualified and experienced teaching staff who are from Malaysia, Australia, United States, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and many more. Most of them are involved in supervised undergraduate and postgraduate research and dissertations, conduct workshops and are actively involved in their own research. Through exclusive arrangements with our partner universities, senior faculty members from those universities participate in yearly quality assurance reviews which ensures that IMU benchmarks global standards. Some also come as visiting lecturers to teach specialised subjects on a rotational basis at IMU.

So far, more than 3000 students have graduated with IMU’s degrees. More than 5000 students have graduated from its partner universities overseas. The university aims to be at the forefront of development in the field of medical education and its undergraduate programme will be linked to the evolving postgraduate training and continuing medical education programmes in Malaysia.

Studying at the Bukit Jalil campus allows early integration into the university community and exposure to IMU’s learning methodologies in a stimulating and conducive learning environment. The interaction with staff and students of other programmes would enable you to fully explore the various areas in healthcare professions. This experience will assist in identifying the degree and healthcare career of your choice.

Scholarships/Financial Aid

IMU also offers financial assistance such as the IMU Scholarships, FiS Scholarships and National Higher Education Fund study loans.

Recognition & Achievements

In 2011, IMU was categorised under Tier Five: Excellent status in the Rating System for Malaysian Higher Education 2009 (SETARA) out of 6 tiers. It is an exercise carried out by the Ministry of Higher Education to measure the quality and prestige of universities and university colleges in Malaysia.

The university and its School of Medicine also obtained two international awards in 2013. In August, it was conferred  the AMEE ASPIRE for Excellence Award in the area of “Student Engagement” at the AMEE conference in Prague, Czech Republic. Earlier in April 2013, the IMU Cares Programme, in which the university adopted the village of Kampung Tekir, won first place in the MacJannet Prize for Global Citizenship.

Academic Facilities and Resources

At IMU, students enjoy state-of-the-art facilities including the Learning Resource Centre which combines the resources of the library, e-learning and medical museum.

Four thrust areas have been identified under the Institute for Research, Development and Innovation, namely, environmental and population health, bioactive molecules and drug discovery, cancer and stem cell research, and health professional education research.

IMU recognises that student life is not just about learning. Its Bukit Jalil campus in Kuala Lumpur is equipped with a gymnasium, student lounge, dance floor and a café for relaxation and to encourage student interaction.

The university had a major breakthrough in 2010 with the start of its Healthcare Centres which allowed IMU’s staff and students to receive and treat patients. The Healthcare Centres, which serve as a teaching site for IMU students, bring the disciplines of allopathic (Western) medicine and those of complementary and alternative medicine together under one roof.

Graduates can look forward to careers in Malaysia’s public and private healthcare institutions or industries, or to opportunities to undertake postgraduate studies locally or overseas. Today, IMU is an integrated medical and healthcare institution, offering education, healthcare and research in partnership with some of the world’s most respected individuals and universities in the field of medicine and healthcare.

 

Courses Offered

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Pre-University/Foundation Studies
1.
Foundation in Science
Level: Pre-University/Foundation Studies
Fees (Local): 23100/Course
Duration: 1 Yr
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Bachelor's Degree Level
1.
Bachelor of Dental Surgery
Level: Bachelor's Degree Level
Fees (Local): 554000/Course
Duration: 5 Yrs
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2.
Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
Level: Bachelor's Degree Level
Fees (Local): 455000/Course
Duration: 5 Yrs
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3.
Bachelor of Nursing (Hons)
Level: Bachelor's Degree Level
Fees (Local): 80000/Course
Duration: 4 Yrs
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4.
Bachelor of Nursing Science (Hons) (For registered nurses)
Level: Bachelor's Degree Level
Fees (Local): 30200/Course
Duration: 2 Yrs
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5.
Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons)
Level: Bachelor's Degree Level
Fees (Local): 186000/Course
Duration: 4 Yrs
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6.
Bachelor of Science (Hons) Biomedical Science
Level: Bachelor's Degree Level
Fees (Local): 106500/Course
Duration: 3 Yrs
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7.
Bachelor of Science (Hons) Chinese Medicine
Level: Bachelor's Degree Level
Fees (Local): 99000/Course
Duration: 4 Yrs
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8.
Bachelor of Science (Hons) Chiropractic
Level: Bachelor's Degree Level
Fees (Local): 226000/Course
Duration: 4 Yrs
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9.
Bachelor of Science (Hons) Dietetics with Nutrition
Level: Bachelor's Degree Level
Fees (Local): 174800/Course
Duration: 4 Yrs
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Bachelor of Science (Hons) Medical Biotechnology
Level: Bachelor's Degree Level
Fees (Local): 106500/Course
Duration: 3 Yrs
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11.
Bachelor of Science (Hons) Nutrition
Level: Bachelor's Degree Level
Fees (Local): 109800/Course
Duration: 3 Yrs
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Bachelor of Science (Hons) Pharmaceutical Chemistry
Level: Bachelor's Degree Level
Fees (Local): 106500/Course
Duration: 3 Yrs
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Bachelor of Science (Hons) Psychology
Level: Bachelor's Degree Level
Fees (Local): 79200/Course
Duration: 3 Yrs
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Masters Degree Level
1.
M.Sc. in Analytical and Pharmaceutical Chemistry
Level: Masters Degree Level
Fees (Local): 43000/Course
Duration: 1.5 - 6 Yrs
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2.
M.Sc. in Environmental Health
Level: Masters Degree Level
Fees (Local): 41000/Course
Duration: 1.5 - 4 Yrs
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3.
M.Sc. in Medical and Health Sciences (by Research)
Level: Masters Degree Level
Fees (Local): 5250/Sem
Duration: FT: 1-4 Yrs ; PT: 2-6 Yrs
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4.
M.Sc. in Molecular Medicine
Level: Masters Degree Level
Fees (Local): 40000/Course
Duration: 1.5 - 4 Yrs
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M.Sc. in Public Health
Level: Masters Degree Level
Fees (Local): 44000/Course
Duration: FT: 1.5 Yrs ; PT: 3 Yrs
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6.
Master in Pharmacy Practice
Level: Masters Degree Level
Fees (Local): 40000/Course (Depending on specialisation chosen)
Duration: 1.5 - 4 Yrs
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Doctoral Degree (Ph.D) Level
1.
Doctor of Philosophy (Medical and Health Science) (by Research)
Level: Doctoral Degree (Ph.D) Level
Fees (Local): 6850/Sem
Duration: FT: 2-6 Yrs ; PT: 4-8 Yrs
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Contact Details

International Medical University (IMU)

Address:
126, Jalan Jalil Perkasa 19
Bukit Jalil
57000 Kuala Lumpur
Wilayah Persekutuan

Type: Private University & University College

Tel: 603-8656 7228
Fax: 603-8656 7229
Website: http://www.imu.edu.my

Other Campuses

International Medical University (IMU), Sekolah Klinikal

Address:
Jalan Rasah
70300 Seremban
Negeri Sembilan

Type: Private University & University College

Tel: 603-86567228
Fax: 603-86567232
Website: http://www.imu.edu.my

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Key Personnel

YBhg Tan Sri Dato’ Dr Abu Bakar Suleiman

President, International Medical University (IMU)

YBhg Tan Sri Dato’ Dr Abu Bakar Suleiman attended Malay College, Kuala Kangsar, St John’s Institution, Kuala Lumpur and Geelong Grammar School in Victoria, Australia and obtained his MBBS from Monash University, Australia. He obtained the Masters of Medicine (Internal Medicine) from the University of Singapore.

He became a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and did his postgraduate training in nephrology at Georgetown, University Hospital, Washington DC (USA) and Prince Henry’s Hospital in Melbourne (1975-1976). He attended the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard Business School in 1991.

He started the Department of Nephrology and developed the nephrology and dialysis services at Hospital Kuala Lumpur and extended this to other hospitals in the country.

He was Director General of Health Malaysia from 1991 to 2001, and was appointed President of International Medical University in 2001.

He was:-

  • President, Malaysia Medical Association (1985)
  • Master, Academy of Medicine Malaysia (1990-1998)
  • Founding President, Malaysian Society of Nephrology (1984-1985)
  • Founding President, Malaysian Society of Transplantation (1996-2002)
  • President, Association of Private Hospitals, Malaysia (2002-2008)

He is:-

  • President, Malaysian Health Informatics Association (MHIA)
  • President, Board of Governors, National Kidney Foundation (NKF)
  • President, National Diabetes Institute (NADI)
  • Chairman, Integrated Healthcare Holdings Sdn Bhd (IHHSB)
  • Chairman, Board of Directors – CCM Duopharma Biotech Berhad (CCMD)

Student Testimonials

Clarissa Alexia Tan Rui Si Singapore

Dentistry, 5 Years (second-year student)

My course of study is dentistry. This entails the study of medical curriculum on top of dental lab work and our own dental curriculum. The most challenging aspect of my course is coping with the heavy workload of both medical and dental curriculum, as well as long hours of dental lab work. This is overcome by having friends who encourage each other and help each other along, and the patience of lecturers and other dental staff.

In 2010, I was elected the vice secretary of my school house, I was also an assistant emcee during our oral health week. Outside of school, I enjoy doing yoga, pilates, and cooking.


Siddarth Kogilwaimath, The Republic of India

Medicine, 2 1/2 years

I am currently in the second year of the medical programme in IMU. I first heard of IMU from an ex-student, who had graduated to studying in UK, US, Canada and Australasia. It is closer to home, and not all that different. IMU saves us time as we can bypass the first degree requirement, required by certain Universities for an entry into their medical programmes.


Tharmagajan Tharmachandirar, Sri Lanka

Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (IMU-PMS), Third Year (5 years programme)

I sat for the Cambridge A levels in Abu Dhabi where I live and I felt only partially preparde for medicine. However, the first year of IMU was a foundation year and coverd what I had previously not learnt in pre-U. Ihave just finished semester 5 this June and will tranfer to Brighton and Sussex Medical School in UK this September.

The most Challeging part of my course is remembering everything that we come across daily. The key to overcoming this I belive is repetition and acarefully laid out study plan. In addition, lecturers in IMU are always happ to clarify doubt and provide advice.

Extracurriculor activities have always been an integral part of my development although somethimes it hard to find the time. In IMU I have participated in running and mountain climbing activities. I have also represented IMU internationally at the 4th Asian Universities Debating Championship.

Upon Completion of my MBBS and subsequent intership I would like to specialise in paediatrics, particularly surgery.


Ya Fatou Samba, Gambia

Medicine, 1 1/2 years

I am from the beautiful country of Gambia and I am currently studying medicine. Living in Malaysia is not as bad as I thought it would be. Coming from Gambia, a very far and totally different place, I never thought that it would be so easy to adapt to the local environment. Communication was a problem initially but with English and a bit of Bahasa Melayu, you can easily find your way in this country.”