In an era of globalisation, it is widely acknowledged that some overseas exposure as part of a degree programme can academically and socially enrich a student’s university experience, broaden the student’s perspectives and enhance his or her employment prospects. With this in view, the International Medical University (IMU) established a Student Mobility Programme in 2007 as part of its 5-year Strategic Plan to become one of the leading private universities in Asia. It offers both inbound and outbound mobility programmes.
The number of students from IMU going abroad and the number of students from other countries coming to IMU is growing from year to year. Since the inception of the Student Mobility Programme at IMU, more than 2, 800 IMU students have had the opportunity to gain varied external learning experiences at various hospitals, pharmacies and other places in Malaysia and many other countries such as Taiwan, United Kingdom, Scotland, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and Australia. These outgoing students are fully or partially supported financially by IMU.
At IMU, student mobility is achieved when students pursuing local undergraduate or postgraduate programmes go for external learning opportunities outside of IMU or when international students from other universities get the opportunity to experience life at IMU over a period of time. This includes study visits, internships, formal student exchange programme, research or elective modules.
The Student Mobility Programme certainly provides its participants with a myriad of benefits, irrespective of whether the student is an outgoing or incoming mobility student. It is hoped that in the coming years, more and more students will be aware of this programme and enjoy these great benefits.