Academic Medical Centre Sdn. Bhd. in an initiative with the Public-Private Partnership Unit of the Prime Minister’s Department has established Perdana University envisioned to be an education-research-healthcare hub for the region. Perdana University is a world-class health care and medical facility that will include medical school, multi-specialty teaching hospital and life sciences research center. The project will create 377 employment opportunities and 94 per cent of which are Malaysians.
The University is a joint venture between Academic Medical Center, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (JHUSOM) and the Royal College Surgeons Ireland (RCSI). Perdana University is the first university in the world that provides dual curricula medical school.
In September 2011, the University commenced enrolment of its first cohort of students at its interim campus in Serdang:
i. A four-year graduate-entry programme at the Perdana University Graduate School of Medicine in collaboration with Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; and
ii. A five-year undergraduate medical education programme with the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.
Perdana University became the regional Examination Centre for the Membership of the Royal Colleges of Physicians (MRCP) and Fellowship of the College of Anaesthetists of Ireland (FCAi) Examinations in 2012. The University has also started other Graduate and Post Graduate programmes in Medicine and the Allied Health Sciences and will offer several other internationally recognised post graduate programmes before the end of 2014.
MIDA’s assistance enabled Perdana University to attract world class leaders in medical education, research and development from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and other world ranking universities. The university has also attracted top notch clinical and experienced physicians to offer the latest curricula. Perdana University students are exposed to high quality teaching and assessed against international standards.
AMC is currently embarking on the establishment of a permanent campus, a teaching hospital and a life sciences research centre in affiliation with Johns Hopkins.