Wednesday, October 13, 2010

UiTM's Super Hospital

Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) will soon stamp its name and enforce its credibility globally through efforts to build a “super hospital”.

UiTM vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Sahol Hamid Abu Bakar said the university was ready to pioneer a hospital project.

“This project will place UiTM on the world map,” he told reporters after the signing of a partnership agreement between UiTM and McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) in Montreal, Canada recently.

Tuanku Mizan being briefed on the project by MUHC chief executive officer Dr Arthur Porter (left) during his visit to Montreal General Hospital. — Bernama

The agreement will see both institutions exchange knowledge and expertise to develop a training hospital which provides the best and latest in world-class medical facilities.

A similar agreement will also be made in the near future between UiTM and two other international universities, namely Harvard University and Johns Hopkins Hospital.

At the ceremony, UiTM also signed an agreement with the Research Institute of McGill University Health Centre (RI MUHC) to obtain co-operation in the fields of cardiology, cancer and the healthcare of senior citizens, as well as exchanges of technical power, research and students from both universities.

“This project is based on a speech by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin at the last convocation ceremony, where he said UiTM should have a hospital which could not only promote medical tourism but also allow students to train and get experience,” he said.

Prof Sahol Hamid says the project will place UiTM on the world map. — Bernama

Prof Sahol Hamid said with the project’s approval, UiTM’s Super Hospital, which was a project under the Faculty of Medicine, will be built at the campus in Puncak Alam, Shah Alam and become the first hospital in the country with Super Hospital status.

However, he said the project would be carried out in stages according to the university’s financial capabilities, and was expected to be fully completed in 10 years.

“Although money is the primary obstructing factor, we will try to find other financial sources, including funds from the private sector, to work together on the project,” he added.

At another event, Tuanku Mizan attended a dinner hosted by the the University of Guelph in Toronto on Tuesday.

The dinner, hosted by the university’s president and vice-chancellor Dr Alastair Summerlee, was held in honour of Tuanku Mizan who was on a six-day special visit to Canada in conjunction with the Brain Gain programme.

Terengganu Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Said and his wife Datin Seri Norliza Mahmud, Malaysian High Commissioner to Canada Selwyn Das and wife Renuka, and Higher Education Ministry secretary-general Tan Sri Dr Zulkefli Abu Hassan also attended the dinner.

The Brain Gain programme, jointly organised by the Sultan Mizan Royal Foundation (YDSM), Academy of Sciences Malaysia and the Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry (Mosti), is aimed at enhancing the network between researchers and academic staff of Malaysian universities and Canada’s McGill University and University of Guelph, Toronto.
 
 
 
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3 comments:

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