Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn

Penang Medical College

In March 1995, Penang Medical College (PMC) was established by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) and University College Dublin (UCD) with representatives of the state and private sector in Penang.

To meet the healthcare needs of the state's growing population and address its local doctor shortage, Penang's State Government decided that a medical school was required in the state.

To ensure the quality of education on offer was of the highest standard and success from the outset, the Government undertook to partner with one or more medical schools of international repute in the development of the new institution.

The College opened on schedule in October 1996 for its first intake of students. Students spend the first half of their medical training in Dublin and return to Penang to complete their medical training and receive a National University of Ireland medical degree. The qualification and entitlements are identical for students who complete either the twinning or traditional medical programme.

PMC held its first graduation ceremony in June 2001. One of the main advantages of the PMC programme is that the Malaysian students undergo their clinical training in the environment in which they will later practice, while benefiting from a comprehensive grounding in the science of medicine in Dublin. In essence, the students enjoy the best of both worlds.

In 2016 PMC celebrates 20 years in Malaysia, with almost 1,500 PMC medical graduates now working throughout Malaysia. To ensure the highest standards are maintained, the programme is rigorously evaluated and is subject to continuous quality assurance, underpinned by external examiners from around the world. The programme is accredited by both the Irish and Malaysian Medical Councils.

Penang Medical College