OVERVIEW OF PERDANA UNIVERSITY
On November 2, 2010, an agreement to help Malaysia develop its first fully integrated private four-year graduate medical school and teaching hospital was signed in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Signatories to the agreement included four strategic collaborators:
# The Johns Hopkins University
# Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
# Johns Hopkins Medicine International (JHI), the international arm of Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore,
# Academic Medical Centre Sdn Bhd, subsidiary of Chase Perdana Sdn Bhd, a Kuala Lumpur-based
private development corporation, and an associate company of Turiya Berhad
# United States Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia Tan Sri
Dato’ Haji Muhyiddin Bin Mohd Yassin observed the signing ceremony.
Collaboration with Johns Hopkins MedicinePerdana University Graduate School of Medicine aims to transform medical education, research and patient care in Malaysia and throughout Asia. Our collaboration with Johns Hopkins Medicine is an essential element in the realization of this goal.
Why Johns Hopkins?
The Johns Hopkins University has a storied history of leadership in advancing the medical field. Over a period of more than a century, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine has built and sustained a reputation for innovation and excellence in patient care, education and research. Our collaboration with Johns Hopkins Medicine holds the potential to recreate that richly productive atmosphere on the Perdana University Graduate School of Medicine campus in Serdang, Salangor, Malaysia.
The Johns Hopkins University, founded in 1876, was the first research institution in the United States; its School of Medicine was the first to integrate a teaching hospital with a medical school. The Johns Hopkins Hospital was founded in 1889, followed four years later by the founding of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. These events permanently altered the landscape of American medical education. Johns Hopkins ushered in a new era marked by rigorous entrance requirements for medical students, a medical school curriculum with emphasis on the scientific method, the incorporation of bedside teaching and laboratory research as part of the instruction, and integration of the School of Medicine with the Hospital through joint appointments.
Currently, Johns Hopkins remains a world leader as an institution of higher learning that is respected for its dedication to clinical care, education, and research. Examples of excellence include:
- Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is consistently ranked within the top three medical schools in US News and World Report;
- Johns Hopkins Hospitak has been ranked #1 by US News and World Report for the past 20 years;
- Johns Hopkins University has produced 34 Nobel Prize winners;
- Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine receives more federal research funding than any other US academic medical center.
Perdana University Graduate School of Medicine will welcome its first medical school class in 2011. Perdana University Hospital will open its doors to patients in 2015. Until the Perdana University Hospital opens, students will receive clinical instruction at surrounding affiliated hospitals.
What roles will Johns Hopkins Medicine play in the development of Perdana University?
Under its agreement with Perdana, Johns Hopkins will assist with the development of every major aspect of the new medical enterprise, including:
- medical education programs
- faculty recruitment and development
- biomedical research programs
- campus design and facilities planning
- clinical affairs
- student exchanges between Baltimore and Malaysia
Johns Hopkins also will guide academic development in alignment with the breakthroughs of their new Genes to Society curriculum and will consult on other important components, including the teaching environment and infrastructure, pedagogy, administration and student affairs.
In addition to the new medical school, Johns Hopkins will provide guidance on the design and development of a state-of-the-art teaching hospital that will include a full complement of ambulatory care facilities, diagnostic capabilities and ancillary support services. And, in a third major component of the agreement, Johns Hopkins will advise Malaysian colleagues on the development and integration of research programs across the entire medical enterprise.
Adapted from www.perdanauniversity.edu.my