International Medical University

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International Medical University
International Medical University logo.png
Former names
International Medical College (1992)
Type Private
Established 1992
Chancellor YBhg Dato’ Dr Amir Abbas
Vice-Chancellor Abdul Aziz Baba
Location Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Campus Suburb
Affiliations Wholly owned subsidiary of IHH Healthcare

The International Medical University (IMU) is a private, English language, health sciences university in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Malaysia's leading private medical and healthcare university. It was established in 1992, and is active in research and teaching within medicine and healthcare with a strong international orientation. A subsidiary of IHH Healthcare and a sister company of the private healthcare provider Parkway Pantai, its main owner is the Malaysian government's sovereign wealth fund, Khazanah Nasional. The current CEO of IMU is Abdul Aziz Baba.[1]

IMU was the first private higher education institution in Malaysia that received the right to confer academic degrees,[2] and it was granted full university status by the government in 2001.[3] It cooperates with universities in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Canada, Ireland and China.

The main campus of IMU is located in Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur.[4] Currently, the University has over 3,300 students across its various programmes, with 2,880 students based at Bukit Jalil, while another 420 at the Clinical schools.

The university offers a range of undergraduate programmes in medical and health sciences: Medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, pharmaceutical chemistry, nursing, nursing science, dietetics with nutrition, nutrition, psychology, biomedical science, medical biotechnology, chiropractic, Chinese medicine as well as postgraduate degrees such as MSc and PhD in Medical and Health Sciences, MSc in Public Health, MSc in Analytical and Pharmaceutical Chemistry and MSc in Molecular Medicine.[5]


IMU is operated by the company IMU Health, a subsidiary of IHH Healthcare, which also owns the Singapore-based company Parkway Pantai, Southeast Asia's largest private healthcare provider. The largest shareholder of IHH Healthcare is Khazanah Nasional, the sovereign wealth fund of the Government of Malaysia, followed by Mitsui and Citigroup.

Programmes offered[edit]



  • Foundation in Science


The International Medical University offers a wide range of undergraduate programmes in core and complementary healthcare disciplines.

  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Pharmacy
  • Pharmaceutical Chemistry
  • Nursing
  • Nursing Science
  • Biomedical Science
  • Medical Biotechnology
  • Dietetics with Nutrition
  • Nutrition
  • Psychology
  • Chinese Medicine
  • Chiropractic


Postgraduate programmes at the International Medical University are research-based as well as coursework-based (with dissertation), encompassing disciplines such as clinical research, biomedical science and public health.

  • MSc in Analytical & Pharmaceutical Chemistry
  • MSc in Environmental Health
  • MSc in Molecular Medicine
  • Master of Pharmacy Practice
  • MSc in Public Health
  • MSc & PhD in Medical Sciences (Research)


IMU uses Commonwealth academic ranks, which differ somewhat from North American ranks:

International Medical University Equivalent North American ranks
Professor Distinguished Professor
Associate Professor Professor
Senior Lecturer Associate Professor
Lecturer Assistant Professor

Notable academics[edit]

Full list of academics with Wikipedia biographies

Partner universities[edit]

IMU has co-operation programmes with more than 30 partner medical schools (as of 2015) around the world:

New Zealand
United Kingdom
United States


  1. ^ New Year Ushers in New Management for IMU, IMU News, 1 January 2016
  2. ^ Towards Coherent Policy Frameworks, p. 164, United Nations Publications, 2007
  3. ^ Internationalisation and Trade in Higher Education: Opportunities and Challenges, OECD, p. 181, 2004, ISBN 9264015043
  4. ^ Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur
  5. ^ "International Medical University (IMU): an Introduction". campusmalaysia. Campus Malaysia Online. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 

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