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Published by Afterschool.my on Apr 20, 2018, 01:00 am
Malaysia finally moved to double digits in the number of foreign branch campuses that have set up shop here, as the acclaimed Penang Medical College (PMC) was granted foreign university branch campus status by the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) and will now be known as the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) & University College Dublin (UCD) Malaysia Campus, or RUMC for short.
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The university owes its lengthy name to the fact that it, unlike the other nine branch campuses in Malaysia, has the distinction of having two co-owners – RCSI and UCD. To top that off, RUMC is the only Irish branch campus on our soil and the only one set up via ‘conversion’ instead of from the ground up. While RUMC is its new name, time will be taken to phase out the name of old, so a grace period is to be expected.
The momentous achievement was lauded by all involved and served as a testament to the quality of the medical programmes offered not just by Ireland, but Malaysia as well. Perhaps it had something to do with the unique structure of PMC’s medical programmes, which saw its students spending 2.5 years in Dublin before returning to Malaysia for the remaining 2.5 years in PMC’s teaching hospitals, which has proven to be a masterstroke. It equipped medical students with proper medical know-how in Ireland and later acclimatises them to the clinical aspect in Malaysia, ensuring their transition to roles as housemen is as seamless as possible.
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With branch campuses of universities from the United Kingdom, Australia, China and now Ireland having been erected in Malaysia, the options at a student’s disposal has never been more diverse. Additionally, they only add to Malaysia’s burgeoning reputation as an education hotspot as more and more big names throw their hats into the ring. Who do you think will be next?
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