Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences

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Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences (CUCMS)
CUCMS-Logo-2014.png
TypePrivate
EstablishedOctober 2005
ChancellorDuil Yang Maha Mulia Tuanku Sallehuddin Ibni Almarhum Sultan Badlishah, Sultan of Kedah
PresidentProfessor Dato’ Dr. Mohamad Abdul Razak
Academic staff
250
Students6000
Location, ,
2°55′47.4″N 101°39′19.1″E / 2.929833°N 101.655306°E / 2.929833; 101.655306Coordinates: 2°55′47.4″N 101°39′19.1″E / 2.929833°N 101.655306°E / 2.929833; 101.655306
CampusSuburb
ColoursPurple, White
AffiliationsWholly owned subsidiary of SMR Group
Websitewww.cybermed.edu.my
Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences

Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences (CUCMS) is a registered and accredited[1] private university with a focus on healthcare programmes. The university has been operating since its establishment in 2005 and offers over 20 diploma, degree and postgraduate programmes in the fields of medicine, pharmacy, psychology, occupational safety & health, homeopathy, physiotherapy, biomedical engineering technology, paramedical sciences and postgraduate courses such as the Masters in Clinical Pharmacy, Doctory of Pharmacy, MSc and PhD in Medical Sciences and Allied Health sciences.[2] CUCMS was awarded a Tier 5 - Excellent rating by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency.[3] It is in Cyberjaya, in Sepang District, Selangor, Malaysia.

The university has an enrollment of 6,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students across five faculties, two academic centres, and six hospital teaching resource centres.

History[edit]

Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences was established by a group of prominent medical specialist and educators on 23 October 2005. The institution originally consisted of two faculties offering two Bachelor's degree programmes in medicine and pharmacy. It operated out of its first campus at Street Mall, Cyberjaya.

In 2009, CUCMS moved to its present location in anticipation student growth. The campus offered increased student capacity and fully equipped teaching facilities.

In 2010, three additional faculties were established to offer allied health science, occupational safety & health, and complementary medicine programmes.

Dato' Prof. Dr. Abu Abdullah was appointed as the new President on 4 January 2010. In the same year CUCMS created history when it signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Malaysian Homeopathic Medical Council, thus becoming the first Malaysian university to recognize and offer a homeopathic medical science degree programme.

By 2013 facing intense regulatory and financial pressure in a fast-evolving landscape, the institution was acquired by SMR Group, who went about implementing a turn-around.[4][5] The new owners sought to improve governance by establishing a new leadership team, re-allocating resources to improve quality and modernizing the university's operations to improve efficiency. Largely successful, in two years, Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences had improved its financial standing and quality. The turn-around and human resource improvement initiatives were acknowledged as a success by the US-based, management and leadership magazine, Workforce, when it awarded the university with its 2015 Optimas Gold Award for Managing Change.[6]

In October 2014, the university revealed plans to collaborate with HCK Capital Group to build a new campus in Cyberjaya which is expected to be operational by 2018.[7]

Leadership[edit]

In 2014, Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences installed as its chancellor, Yang Teramat Mulia Dato' Seri DiRaja Tan Sri Tunku Sallehuddin Ibni Almarhum Sultan Badlishah, the Tunku Temengong or second in-line to the throne of the Malaysian State of Kedah and current chairman of the State Regency Council.

As part of the SMR Group’s turn-around plan, a new leadership team was appointed with a clear mandate to improve governance and management at the university. In light of this, Professor Dato’ Dr. Mohamad Abdul Razak was appointed as the new President of the university, a role similar to that of a Vice Chancellor in most British Commonwealth universities. Dr. Mohamad Razak is a trained orthopaedic surgeon specialist and former deputy vice chancellor and hospital director of the Malaysian National University as well as the president of the Malaysian Orthopaedic Association. He is also a visiting registrar of the Orthopaedic Department at Edinburgh University, in addition to being registrar and spinal injury fellow at the Southport Spinal Injuries Centre in Liverpool.[8][9]

After its acquisition by SMR Group, the university established a new Board of Governors to provide oversight over matters such as the university’s financial management, business operations, future development and overall quality of the education. The Board also functions as advisers to the university management in guiding the overall direction and strategy. The chairman is Tan Sri Datuk Dr. Ridzwan Bakar, former Chairman of Pantai Holdings Bhd, one of Malaysia’s largest private healthcare provider. The board consist of other accomplished Malaysian industry leaders such as Major General (Rtd.) Dato' Pahlawan Dr. R. Mohanadas, former Director General of Health Services, Malaysian Armed Forces and Tan Sri Dr Mani Jegathesan, former Malaysian Olympic athlete, doctor, Deputy President of the Olympic Council of Malaysia and former Chairman of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) Medical Commission and honorary Medical Advisor for the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games.

Faculties and programmes[edit]

The university has five faculties and two academic centres — all of which are in the main campus building in Cyberjaya. All study programmes are offered at this campus with clinical trainings conducted at partner hospitals and other healthcare organizations.

Faculty of Medicine[edit]

The Faculty of Medicine at CUCMS is one of the founding faculties of the university. The first batch of students were enrolled in 2005 and graduated in 2010. The current dean is Prof Dato’ Dr Abd Rahim bin Mohamad, a former public health official and Director for Planning and Development at the Ministry of Health, Malaysia. The faculty offers the following programme:

  • Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
  • Master of Medical Science (MSc)(By Research)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Science

Faculty of Pharmacy[edit]

Established since the founding of the university, the Faculty of Pharmacy at CUCMS is the first and only school in Malaysia to offer a Doctor of Pharmacy (DPharm) and the only private institute of higher education in Malaysia to offer a Master in Clinical Pharmacy. Its postgraduate study on Clinical Pharmacy was developed in collaboration with the University of Southern California who also serves as its external examiner. Professor Dr. Rosnani Hashim, a former member of the Drug Control Authority (DCA), Ministry of Health and a member of the Pharmacy Board of Malaysia and National Accreditation Committee for Pharmacy Education was made Dean of the Faculty. The faculty offers the following programmes:

  • Bachelor of Pharmacy
  • Masters in Clinical Pharmacy
  • Doctor of Pharmacy

Faculty of Allied Health Sciences[edit]

The Faculty of Allied Health Sciences is the largest faculty at CUCMS in student enrollment and programmes offered. It was established in 2010 and is led by its dean, Dr. Ahmad Fairuz bin Mohamed, who has vast experiences in Occupational Safety and Health and Public Health fields. The Faculty of Allied Health Sciences has formed partnerships with a number of Malaysian colleges who are allowed to deliver its diploma programmes off-campus.

The faculty offers the following programmes:

  • Bachelor of Psychology (Hons.)
  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Hons.)
  • Master of Clinical Psychology
  • Bachelor of Biomedical Engineering Technology (Hons.)
  • Diploma in Psychology
  • Diploma in Paramedical Sciences
  • Diploma in Medical Assistant
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Addiction Science (Pg.D in Addiction Science).

Faculty of Occupational Safety & Health[edit]

Professor Dr Mohamad Khan, an occupational safety and health expert, was appointed the dean of the Faculty of Occupational Safety & Health at its establishment in 2010. The faculty works in close partnership with the Ministry of Defense, Malaysia and heavy industry players to offer postgraduate studies for military personnel in the field of Occupational Safety & Health. The faculty offers the following programmes:

  • Master of Science in Occupational Safety and Health Management
  • Bachelor in Occupational Safety and Health (Hons.)
  • Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health

Faculty of Traditional & Complementary Medicine[edit]

One of the latest additions to the university, the Faculty of Traditional & Complementary Medicine was established in support of the Ministry of Health’s efforts to integrate traditional and complementary medicine into the Malaysian national health system.[10][11]

The faculty collaborates with the National Academy of Homoeopathy, India for clinical training. The current dean is Asst. Prof. Ibrahim Usman Mhaisker who received his master's degree, Doctor of Medicine in Homeopathy [M.D. (Hom.)] from B. A. Marathwada University, Aurangabad (India). The faculty offers the following programme:

  • Bachelor of Homeopathic Medical Sciences (Hons.)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ List of Registered Private Higher Education Institutions in Malaysia as of 31 December 2015 (Malay Language) Archived 28 January 2016 at the Wayback Machine, Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia, 31 December 2015
  2. ^ Courses offered in Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences (CUCMS), Malaysia, EasyUni.com 11 January 2016
  3. ^ 2013 Rating for Higher Education Institutions in Malaysia (SETARA '13), Malaysian Qualifications Agency, Ministry of Higher Education, 14 January 2014
  4. ^ SMR Technologies sees education driving growth, The Sun Daily 26 June 2013
  5. ^ SMRT buys remaining stake in IESB, The Sun Daily 25 July 2014
  6. ^ Cyberjaya University College is the gold 2015 Optimas Awards winner for Managing Change Archived 30 January 2016 at the Wayback Machine, Workforce Magazine 22 November 2015
  7. ^ HCK Capital Group signs agreement with CUCMS, HCK Capital Group 2 October 2014
  8. ^ History of Orthopaedic Surgery in Malaysia, Malaysian Orthopaedic Association
  9. ^ New deputy VC for UKM, The Star 21 September 2008
  10. ^ National Traditional & Complementary Medicine Policy, Traditional and Complementary Medicine Division, Ministry of Health, Malaysia 2007
  11. ^ Health Ministry finalises traditional, complementary medicine regulations, Borneo Post 30 April 2014

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