NUS and Indonesia’s Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) have begun a new era of partnership in medical education and research with the aid of a $1 million gift from Indonesian philanthropist Dato’ Sri Professor Dr Tahir. The Tahir-NUS-UGM Collaboration in Medicine was marked by the signing of an agreement on 4 May by Dato’ Sri Professor Dr Tahir, NUS President Professor Tan Chorh Chuan and UGM Rector Professor Ir Dwikorita Karnawati. The ceremony was graced by former Indonesian President Professor Dr Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.
Dato’ Sri Prof Dr Tahir, who is an alumnus of both NUS and UGM, said at the event that he felt honoured when given the chance to participate in education or healthcare. “I have very good relations with NUS, and also emotional relations with NUS, so I hope NUS and UGM can grow further for the benefit of the whole world.”
The collaboration between NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine (NUS Medicine) and UGM will focus on medical education, including student electives and the development of a global medicine curriculum. The medical schools from the two universities will also build clinical and governance capacity through training workshops as well as attachments in various medical specialties. These exchanges will help to facilitate research collaborations in common areas of interest.
Prof Tan said, “At NUS Medicine, we have placed a strong emphasis on biomedical research which focuses on how Asians differ in the progression of disease and their responses to treatment, compared with Caucasians. We have also given high priority to translating key discoveries into new management approaches, diagnostic tools and treatments which benefit patients in Singapore and Asia. In this regard, collaborations with like-minded institutions are very important, as these enable the pooling of complementary expertise, clinical experiences and research, which are necessary to accelerate the development of new treatment approaches and implementation of clinical ‘best’ practices.”
“That is why the Tahir-NUS-UGM Collaboration in Medicine between NUS and the medical school of UGM, enabled by the generous gift from Dato’ Sri Prof Dr Tahir, is a vital one. UGM is the largest and one of the most prestigious research universities in Indonesia, with many illustrious alumni including the current Indonesian President, His Excellency Mr Joko Widodo,” he added.
Prof Tan, who said NUS was honoured to count Dr Tahir among its distinguished alumni, thanked the philanthropist for his gift, “We celebrate with pride, his many achievements as well as his deep passion for education. We are also extremely grateful for the generous and unstinting support that he has shown NUS for over nearly a decade, through gifts to bursaries, scholarships and medical research at NUS.”
Reproduced with permission from NUS News (http://news.nus.edu.sg/highlights/10357-medical-education-research-get-1m-boost)