Monday, July 4, 2011

UniKL RCMP History

University Kuala Lumpur Royal College Medicine of Perak started out as Perak College of Medicine. It was wholly owned by Perak State Government through its subsidiary Perak State Secretary Incorporated (SSI). The move to set up the college was to enable Perak State Government to salvage the defunct Asean Sheffield Medical College (ASMC) that ceased operation in October 1998 due to the economic downturn. Thus, P.C.M Sdn Bhd was incorporated on 18th February 1999 to acquire ASMC assets and manage the college. 

Perak College of Medicine was set up as a private medical college. The college started its humble operations on 1st October 1999 with the returning of 28 former ASMC medical students from United Kingdom and 7 dedicated staff members. RCMP started running the Sheffield MBChB medical degree programme on a reverse twinning basis. The pioneering batch of 28 students from Sheffield MBChB medical degree programme graduated in July 2002. The franchise agreement ended in 2005. There was no further intake after 2000 due to the changes made by GMC (UK) as they no longer recognized the degrees offered out of the European Country. 

Despite being very young in the industry, Perak College of Medicine was appointed as one of the centers to conduct a five year project entitled “Building evidence based research and practice in South East Asia: Impact on Pregnancy and Childbirth Care and Outcomes” founded by Wellcome Trust, United Kingdom. 

On 15th March 2001, the then Chief Minister of Perak, Dato’ Seri Tajol Rosli bin Ghazali on his working visit to PCM proudly regarded the college as a medical education centre for the State of Perak. 

On 7th November 2001, PCM signed an agreement with University of Malaya to conduct Medical Degree (MBBS) through a collaborative Education Agreement. However, the collaboration was just on a temporary basis until the college could develop its own programme. The first batch of 11 students enrolled under MBBS programme graduated in 2006.

On 1st July 2001, UniKL RCMP embarked on its Diploma in Nursing programme that became the pioneer to the other allied health sciences programme in the college. The following year witnessed the first intake for Diploma in Pharmacy followed by Diploma in Radiography.

On 27th February 2004, The Sultan of Perak, Sultan Azlan Shah conferred the college with the ‘Royal’ title and subsequently on 24th May 2007, His Royal Highness officiated the establishment of University Kuala Lumpur Royal College Medicine of Perak (RCMP).

On 3rd January 2006, Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA) through its subsidiary University Teknikal MARA Sdn Bhd (UNITEK MARA) acquired a majority stake in Royal College Medicine of Perak. The move enables the college to upgrade its status as the branch campus of University Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) in June the same year. Today it is jointly owned by Perak State Secretary Incorporated (SSI), MARA and UNITEK MARA through P.C.M Sdn Bhd. 

Since then the college has continued to grow and accumulated trust to assist in the implementation of education related to run a government initiatives. On 3rd August 2008, UniKL RCMP was appointed as the training centre to train 40 Thai’s youths by the Malaysian government through Malaysian Task Force 2010 and Thailand Task Force 960, to run a Nursing Aide programme. Then, Malaysian first lady Datin Seri Jeanne Abdullah was invited to officiate the programme. 

UniKL RCMP has come a long way going through stages of predicaments hence enable it to appear stronger and better. UniKL RCMP will continuously strive to be the centre of excellence in medical education.


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