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
Parent institution
IHH Healthcare
Chancellor YBhg Dato’ Dr Amir Abbas
Vice-Chancellor Abdul Aziz Baba
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students 21,973[1]
Location Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Campus Suburb
Affiliations APUCEN

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. IMU is a wholly owned subsidiary of Asia's largest private healthcare group IHH Healthcare, which is majority-owned by the Malaysian government's sovereign wealth fund, Khazanah. The current CEO of IMU is Abdul Aziz Baba.[2]

IMU was the first private higher education institution in Malaysia that received the right to confer academic degrees,[3] and it was granted full university status by the government in 1999.[4] 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.[5] As of 2017, the university has 21,973 students across its various programmes.[1]

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.[6]


IMU is a wholly owned subsidiary of IHH Healthcare, Asia's largest private healthcare group. The majority shareholder of IHH Healthcare is Khazanah Nasional, the sovereign wealth fund of the Government of Malaysia, followed by Mitsui and Citigroup as minority shareholders.

Principal officers and management[edit]

The ceremonial head of the university is the Chancellor. Mohamed Zahir Ismail served as the first Chancellor (1999–2004), followed by Sulaiman Daud (2005–2010), T. Devaraj (2010–2014) and Amir Abbas (since 2014).

The university's effective head and chief executive officer is the Vice-Chancellor, known as President before 2016. The first Vice-Chancellor was Kamal Salih (1992–2001), followed by Abu Bakar Suleiman (2001–2015) and Abdul Aziz Baba (since 2016).

The Deputy Vice-Chancellors are Mei Ling Young and Peter Pook Chuen Keat. Victor Lim is Pro Vice-Chancellor for Education, Mak Joon Wah is Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Toh Chooi Gait is Pro Vice-Chancellor for Development.

IMU's former Vice-Chancellor Abu Bakar Suleiman is Chairman of the university's parent company, IHH Healthcare.

Notable academics[edit]

Full list of academics with Wikipedia biographies

Academic ranks[edit]

The International Medical University uses the following main academic ranks




Pre-university programme at the International Medical University was launched in January 2014 with its first cohort graduating in December 2014. The course equips students with core knowledge and skills required for the undergraduate programmes.

  • 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 in Health Professions Education
  • MSc & PhD in Medical Sciences (Research)

Partner universities[edit]

IMU has co-operation programmes with more than 30 partner medical schools (as of 2015) around the world, mainly in the United Kingdom and Australia, but also in New Zealand, Ireland, Canada and China. Its partner universities include the University of Edinburgh, Queen Mary University of London, the University of Manchester, the Australian National University, and the University of New South Wales.


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

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