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Johns Hopkins to help develop medical school in Malaysia

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine announced Tuesday that it is partnering with Academic Medical Centre Sdn Bhd to develop the first private, four-year, graduate medical school in Malaysia.

Under the deal, Hopkins will help design the new school and its curriculum. The goal is for the 600-bed teaching hospital being built along with the school to be run in accordance with the Johns Hopkins Medicine operational model. The hospital will integrate ambulatory care facilities, diagnostic capabilities and ancillary support services.

“For more than a century, Johns Hopkins has been recognized as a national and global leader in patient care, research and education,” Edward D. Miller, dean and chief executive officer, Johns Hopkins Medicine, said in a statement. “We are honored to have an opportunity to share our innovations and best practices with the people of Malaysia. We firmly believe that this project will help us to continue our historic and vital mission of helping to raise the standards of health care around the world.”

Financial terms for the deal were not disclosed.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia Tan Sri Dato’ Haji Muhyiddin Bin Mohd Yassin were in Malaysia to observe the signing ceremony on Tuesday.

Hopkins spokesman John Lazarou said Malaysia, as an English-speaking country working to position itself as the education hub of Asia, was a good match. He said the Malaysian government is also working hard to train doctors locally to improve local health care and prevent promising medical students from going abroad to study.

“Not only will this collaboration have a transformational impact on the quality of medical education, research and health care delivery for Malaysia and the region, but it also will bring a wide range of benefits to the university, departments, faculty and staff here in Baltimore,” David Nichols, vice dean for education, The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine said in a statement.

The new school will follow the Hopkins “Genes to Society” curriculum. According to the school, the curriculum integrates basic, clinical and social science throughout all four years while letting students “revisit topics in light of their increasing knowledge base incorporating the explosion of biomedical knowledge, genetics new technologies, and emerging multidisciplinary topics.”