Saturday, September 25, 2010

Johns Hopkins University can attract more medical professionals to come back

The world-renowned teaching and research medical institution Johns Hopkins University will be setting up a medical school and hospital in Malaysia.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said a site at Serdang in Selangor had been picked to set up the facilities, which would become a medical research hub for the region.

The medical school, he said, would offer a four-year programme, adding that it would be a private initiative between Malaysian and American investors.

It will be Malaysia’s first private teaching hospital with research facilities.
Speaking to Malaysian newsmen here on Friday evening, he said an agreement would be signed early next month.

The Prime Minister did not give details of the project but it is understood that a Malaysian public listed company would be involved in the medical city plan, estimated to cost RM1.8b.

The question arises: will the move serves as a strong incentive to attract more Malaysian specialists abroad to come back and serve the country?

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