Taylor’s University students from the health science division now have added choices in internship opportunities, student mobility programmes and partake in research and development activities, as a result of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with regionally-renowned private medical institution, Kuala Lumpur Sports Medicine Centre (KLSMC).
Taylor’s University is the first and only private university in the Asian region to have a partnership with KLSMC, concentrating on regenerative medicine as part of their research and development syllabus.
The signatories for the MoU were Mr. Pradeep Nair, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Taylor’s University and Dr Edmund Ong Thiam Lock, Chief Executive Officer, KLSMC; witnessed by Dr. Stacey Yong, Representative from the School of Biosciences, Taylor’s University and Dr Ranjit Singh Gill, Director, KLSMC.
Mr. Pradeep Nair, in his welcome speech, said that the field of regenerative medicine is an emerging technology set to revolutionise the global healthcare industry. “In Malaysia, the subject of regenerative medicine is still in its development stage, but the future promises vast opportunities for research and the commercial market particularly from the aspects of sports medicine,” he said.
The collaboration with KLSMC will benefit both parties from the areas of research and development, as well as student and staff mobility. Taylor’s academics and postgraduate students will be able to conduct research in the areas of regenerative medicine and contribute to the general scientific community. Student mobility wise, Taylor’s medical students now have a choice to conduct their compulsory clinical attachment with KLSMC during their third year of studies.
Mr. Pradeep added that such opportunities will equip Taylor’s University’s graduates with the necessary skills and knowledge to make a difference in the industry locally and globally. “In fact, Taylor’s medical graduates may have an opportunity to engage with KLSMC in building their career in sports medicine,” he said.
Dr. Edmund Ong agreed that with the increasing demand of high quality healthcare services in Malaysia, there is a need to find new alternatives for future treatment of diseases and the innovation in regenerative medicine with stem cells can be the next answer.
“Taylor’s University is regarded as one of the most prestigious private universities with its long history in Malaysia, along with its numerous awards and accolades at both national and international levels. This strategic collaboration leverages on both parties’ expertise and experience with the aim of sharing and developing research and teaching for the future of the healthcare profession in Malaysia,” said Dr. Edmund Ong.
He also added that this collaboration provides a platform for Malaysians to fulfil their vision of using innovation as a Malaysia’s key driver towards meeting its aim of achieving a high income economy under the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP).
A one-stop private hospital for sports injuries, KLSMC’s services include orthopaedic surgery, physiotherapy, MRI imaging and hydrotherapy. The medical institution employs the latest technology in sports medicine and specialises in the conditions of the shoulder, knee, hand, foot, hip and spine. KLSMC opened its doors in 2005 and now attracts patients, doctors and medical referrals from all over the region.
KLSMC will be appointing some of their doctors to be adjunct academic staff in Taylor’s University, thus promoting sharing of knowledge and skills with the Taylor’s staff and students.
Taylor’s University’s health science division includes the School of Medicine (SOM), School of Biosciences (SBS) and School of Pharmacy (SOP). The first intake of the Bachelor of Medicine (MBBS) degree commenced in January 2012, whereas programmes in Biotechnology, Biomedical Science, and Food Science and Nutrition under the SBS will commence in March and August 2012. The School of Pharmacy’s Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons) and Master of Pharmacy (Hons) programmes kick-off in September 2012.
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