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The International Medical University (IMU) originally started as the International Medical College, the first private medical college in Malaysia, in 1992. Seven years later, the college became a university. As declared by its vision statement, IMU aims to be an innovative global centre of excellence in learning and research, supporting a community of scholars and professionals committed to serving society, promoting the development of students to reach their true potential in becoming competent, ethical, caring and inquiring citizens, and visionary leaders. IMU provides learning opportunities across three campuses in Kuala Lumpur, Negeri Sembilan, and Johor. The university offers a host of undergraduate degrees in various medical fields including Western and Chinese medicine, dental, pharmacy and nursing, as well as postgraduate Masters and PhD programs. The International Medical University’s website>>
IMU does not only train knowledgeable and skilful professionals with high ethical standards. The university also prepares students who will be dedicated to serve and improve the quality of life throughout their communities. IMU sets up these opportunities to serve through its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Program. CSR is structured to integrate and engage all members of the university community, including students, faculty and corporate staff, in service activities. Due to the involvement from all levels of the university, many student organizations have gained the support they need to focus on specific issues in surrounding communities. Such organizations include P.S. the Children (Protect and Save The Children), which provides education and information about child abuse to schools, shelter homes and community centers; Malaysian Medical Relief Society (MERCY MALAYSIA), a medical volunteer relief organization that provides medical and humanitarian services at home and abroad; Rumah Shalom, a home for poor and destitute children that enables them to achieve basic education and develop moral values; and many others. Read more>>
During their first year at the university, students are engaged in service activities that benefit various Malaysian NGOs. Community awareness education is incorporated into the curriculum of academic courses to enhance both the knowledge and practice of community service in aspiring medical professionals. Throughout the semester, IMU students coordinate fundraising events, organize promotional campaigns, and provide instructional lessons to members of specific organizations. Upon completion of their service activities, students report on their service work and reflect on what they have gained from their experience. This service-learning initiative began fifteen years ago and continues to assist NGOs in need.