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Penang Medical College Awarded University Status 槟城医学院升格为大学

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Michael D Higgins, President of Ireland and patron of PMC
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Professor Stephen Doughty, President & CEO of PMC

Penang Medical College (PMC) was recently awarded the Foreign University Branch Campus status by the Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE). Malaysia’s newest Foreign University Branch Campus (FUBC) is now named the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) and University College Dublin (UCD) Malaysia Campus – or “RCSI & UCD Malaysia Campus” (RUMC) for short.

Degrees awarded by the National University of Ireland are globally recognised and programmes offered range from foundation, bachelors, to masters and doctoral levels.

“Ireland and Malaysia have an extensive history of links and collaboration in the field of education and this accolade, the first Irish foreign university branch campus in Malaysia, is further evidence of the growing relationship between Ireland and Malaysia. We hope to see many more students moving between Ireland and Malaysia as RUMC grows and develops,” said the Irish Ambassador to Malaysia, His Excellency Eamon Hickey, who has been instrumental in cementing Irish-Malaysian education links in the region.

The PMC campus is centrally located close to the heart of George Town and within a five-minute walk of Penang Hospital, where most of the clinical teaching takes place. Located at the Sepoy Lines grounds, a four-storey academic complex houses the modern facilities essential for training medical professionals.

Established over 20 years ago, Penang Medical College provided Malaysia’s first registrable medical degree from a Malaysian private higher education institution and is wholly-owned by Irish institutions, the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) and University College Dublin (UCD). It remains the first and only full Irish university in Malaysia and the region. The PMC Clinical Skills and Education Centre in Seberang Jaya was launched in 2015 and is located next to the Seberang Jaya Hospital.

“Congratulations to Penang Medical College for being upgraded to become the tenth FUBC in Malaysia. This indicates a strong global recognition of the Malaysian higher equation system and of Malaysia as an education hub. We hope RCSI-UCD Malaysia Campus will continue to contribute towards Malaysia’s higher education excellence and nation building”, said Datin Paduka Ir. Dr. Siti Hamisah Binti Tapsir, Director-General of the Ministry of Higher Education.

Nearly 1,700 medical doctors have now graduated from PMC with globally recognised medical degrees of the National University of Ireland (NUI) and practice in Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore, Ireland, UK, Switzerland, Malta, Australia, New Zealand, USA and many other countries.

Once the Brexit process is completed in 2019, RUMC will be the only foreign branch campus in Malaysia linking the European Union with Malaysia.

An official launch ceremony will be held later this year to celebrate and mark this momentous achievement as the first of many RUMC milestones moving forward.

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“庆贺槟城医学院升格为马来西亚第十间外国大学分校(FUBC)。这也显示了全世界对于马来西亚高等综合系统和马来西亚作为教育中心的高度认可。我们希望RCSI-UCD 马来西亚校区将为我国的高等教育缔造卓越成就与贡献国家建设。”
– 马来西亚高等教育部总监 YBhg. Datin Paduka Ir. Dr. Siti Hamisah Binti Tapsir 表示。

槟城医学院 (PMC) 最近被马来西亚高等教育部 (MoHE) 授予了国外大学分校等级。这间马来西亚最新的外国大学分校 (Foreign University Branch Campus – FUBC) 目前被命名为爱尔兰皇家外科医学院 (RCSI) 与都柏林大学学院 (UCD) 马来西亚校区——或简称为 “RCSI & UCD Malaysia Campus (RUMC)”。而爱尔兰国立大学颁发的学位是获得全球公认,升学课程从基础、学士到硕士和博士学位兼具。

“爱尔兰和马来西亚在教育领域有着广泛的联系和合作历史,而随着这项荣誉升格,造就了马来西亚首间爱尔兰外国大学分校,进一步证明了两国之间飞跃促进的友好关系。随着 RUMC 成长与发展,我们希望看到更多的学生在爱尔兰和马来西亚之间积极互动。“爱尔兰驻马来西亚大使 Eamon Hickey 表示。阁下在巩固爱尔兰与马来西亚教育联系方面发挥了关键作用。

PMC 校区位于乔治市的中心地带,距离槟城医院步行 5 分钟,是大多数临床教学的地方。一座四层的学术综合楼坐落在 Sepoy line,具备训练医学专业人员所需的现代化设施。

槟城医学院成立于 20 多年前,也是首家马来西亚私立高等教育机构获得注册医学学位,由爱尔兰教育机构、爱尔兰皇家外科医学院(RCSI) 和都柏林大学学院 (UCD) 所拥有,并且仍然是马来西亚和该地区第一家也是唯一保持完整爱尔兰文化的大学。另外,位于诗布朗再也的 PMC 临床技能和教育中心于 2015 年启动,比邻诗布朗再也医院。

“庆贺槟城医学院升格为马来西亚第十间外国大学分校 (FUBC)。这也显示了全世界对于马来西亚高等综合系统和马来西亚作为教育中心的高度认可。我们希望 RCSI-UCD 马来西亚校区将为我国的高等教育缔造卓越成就与贡献国家建设。”马来西亚教育部高等教育总监 YBhg. Datin Paduka Ir. Dr. Siti Hamisah Binti Tapsir 表示。

目前已有近 1700 名医生毕业于槟城医学院,并获得了全球认可的爱尔兰国立大学 (NUI) 医学学位,并在马来西亚、文莱、新加坡、爱尔兰、英国、瑞士、马耳他、澳大利亚,新西兰与美国等国家执业。

一旦 2019 年英国退欧进程完成,RUMC 将成为马来西亚唯一将欧盟与马来西亚连接起来的外国分校。今年内预计将举行正式的推介仪式,庆祝并纪念这一重大成就,这也是 RUMC 向前迈进的首要里程碑之一。


by Monica

SCULPTED WITH BRONZE 铜像精雕

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After Melbourne and Kuala Lumpur, Chng Huck Theng held his solo bronze sculpture exhibition in home town Penang in One East Museum. Guest of Honor Lee Khai who is also the Chairman of Penang State Art Gallery commended Chng for his hard work and dedication being a serious artist in the Malaysia art world by virtue of conviction. President of China Central Academy of Fine Arts, Fan Dian who was also present talked about the beauty of the sculpture and more importantly the artist has managed to blend in society happenings to further provide life into these bronze work of art.

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Among the guests were Director General of National Art Gallery Malaysia, Prof. Datuk Mohamed Najib who wrote the foreward in the book ‘IMPerfect Creation’, advisor of Penang Art Society Tan Sri Dato Seri Tan Khoon Hai, Dato Chong Hong Fatt, Dr. Tan Boon Cheong and wife Dora, Vincent Tai, Carsten Sorensen and Susanna Hernesniemi.

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继墨尔本和吉隆坡之后,马来西亚艺术家庄学腾马不停蹄在其家乡槟城“一东博物馆”举行了他的个人铜像雕塑展。而槟州州立画廊委员会主席李凯作为荣誉嘉宾出席这项展览,并对于庄学腾为马来西亚艺术界的辛勤工作和奉献精神赞赏不已。中国中央美术学院院长范迪安作为大会贵宾谈到铜雕之美,他认为最难能可贵的是艺术家成功灌注并融合社会元素,让铜像作品体现更多生命力。其他贵宾包括国家艺术画廊总监拿督莫哈末纳吉博士,他曾为庄学腾的作品集《美丽与丑陋》题写序文。而槟城艺术协会的顾问丹斯里陈坤海、拿督张汉发、陈文昌医生和夫人 Dora、Vincent Tai,Carsten Sorensen 与Susanna Hernesniemi 等也受邀列席。

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A New Chapter & Passion for Learning 学习激情的新章

Professor Stephen Doughty

Professor Stephen Doughty

President & CEO of Penang Medical College (PMC)


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Professor Stephen Doughty, attended INPenang Awards 2017 to receive the INPenang Best Medical College/University Award

“I always had a desire for discovering new knowledge. My undergraduate degree included 2 years of research work and that led me to undertake my PhD in Oxford in computational chemistry and Computer-Aided Drug Design.”

When Professor Stephen Doughty moved to Malaysia with his wife and five boys all between the age of 1 and 10 about 12 years ago, it was the beginning of an exciting journey dedicated to the pursuit of helping establish a new learning institution and sharing of knowledge. Apart from taking up a new role as the Dean of Faculty of Science, then progressing up the ranks to being Vice-Provost (Teaching and Learning) at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus in Kuala Lumpur, it was also the start of a new life away from home – the UK, friends, and family. As with any move to a new country, this family of seven has set themselves up with a cross-border challenge – embracing the whole Malaysian experience from getting accustomed to the relentless tropical weather, learning its culture and language to tasting the variety of delectable cuisines Malaysia has to offer.

12 years later, Professor Doughty joined Penang Medical College (PMC) as its fourth president in September 2016. Stephen joined the School of Pharmacy at the University of Nottingham in 2001 having previously worked at the University of Bradford, UK. His research interests are focused on molecular modelling and computer-aided drug design with a particular interest in modelling proteins for rational drug design.

“I always had a desire for discovering new knowledge. My undergraduate degree included 2 years of research work (which isn’t normal!) and that led me to undertake my PhD in Oxford in computational chemistry and Computer-Aided Drug Design,” said Professor Doughty.

A strong believer in pushing back the boundaries of knowledge and undertaking new research to answer questions that have yet to be explored, Professor Doughty continues to actively research and publish new findings. “ this is what has kept me in academia and drives my desire to want to see PMC flourish as a university, where the whole community is engaged in the pursuit of acquiring and developing knowledge.”

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“We want to establish ourselves as the place to come to for Penang’s human capital needs in supporting services like medical tourism.”

Professor Doughty has high expectations and sees great potential for PMC. Celebrating its 20th year as a medical institution in 2016, it is the beginning of a new chapter – not only is it affecting people who are connected to PMC but also its communities surrounding the institution. He believes that academic institutions must be contributing to society both globally in terms of expanding knowledge and also locally in terms of enhancing the lives of those communities in close proximity to PMC.

“I see it [PMC] growing in the next 10 years as we continue to develop new courses. We want to establish ourselves as the place to come to for Penang’s human capital needs in supporting services like medical tourism. The areas that we could move into are not only in providing doctors but also support and healthcare staff as well as area such as computer scientists for healthcare and research purposes.

Wholly owned by RCSI and UCD, PMC has been internationally recognised since 1996 and was rated by House Officer Performance in Malaysia 2009 – 2011, the Institute for Health Systems Research Malaysia, as among the top medical schools in preparing graduate doctors for their early careers. With plans to upgrade the college status to a university as the next step, it wishes to enhance students’ learning experience with plans to develop new courses as well as expand the physical infrastructure that now houses 500 students. Apart from keeping abreast with developments of lecturers and students, they are also placing importance in attracting the best quality staff and maintaining a good relationship with their partners.

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“我们想建设自身作为槟城人力资本需求的定点,用于支持类似医疗旅游服务。”

约12年前,Stephen Doughty 教授与妻子、还有5名1岁到10岁的儿子们移居到马来西亚。这是激奋人心旅程开始,他致力于搭建新的学习机构和知识分享。除了扮演理科院院长的角色之外,还在马来西亚诺丁汉大学吉隆坡校区担任副校长(教学与学习)。另外,这也是他们远离家乡英国,朋友和家人,开展新生活。不过,与任何国家的新移民一样,这个七口之家已征服跨界挑战 – 体验马来西亚的整体生活,首先习惯热带天气,学习其文化和语言,品尝各种多元食物。

Doughty教授在12年间也持续前进,直至2016年9月他加入槟城医学院(PMC)担任第四任院长。另外,他于2001年加入诺丁汉大学药剂学院,此前曾在英国布拉德福德(Bradford)大学工作。他的研究兴趣集中在分子建模和电脑辅助药物设计,特别关注用于合理药物设计的蛋白质建模。

“我一直渴望发掘新的知识。本科学位包括两年的研究工作(这非正常状态!),导向我在牛津获取计算化学和电脑辅助药物设计博士学位。”

Doughty教授强烈支持推进知识界限,持续积极钻研和发表新的成果,不断进行研究以回答这个有待探索的问题。“这正是我留在学术界的理由,​​我希望看到槟城医学院进阶成为大学的驱动力,而整个社会都在追求获取和发展知识。”

他对于槟城医学院抱持很高的期望和预见它的巨大潜能。2016年,槟城医学院作为医疗机构庆祝成立迈向20周年,这是新一章的开端——不仅影响到与医学院相关的人,也带动该机构周围的社区。他认为,学术机构在扩大知识的同时,也必须在全球范围内对社会做出贡献,包括提升与医学院密切相关的社区生活水平。

“随着我们持续开发新的课程,未来10年槟城医学院将会不断增长。我们想建设自身作为槟城人力资本需求的定点,用于支持类似医疗旅游服务。我们涉足的领域不仅仅是提供医生,包含技术支持和医务保健人员,甚至还有电脑科学家等聚焦卫生保健和研究用途的领域。”

自1996年起,由爱尔兰国立大学皇家外科学院(RCSI)和爱尔兰皇家内科医学院(UCD)全资拥有的槟城医学院早就获得了国际认可,也被马来西亚卫生系统研究所依据2009-2011年度马来西亚住院(实习)医生表现,评价作为早期职业准备的最顶尖医学院。随着计划将医学院的地位提升到大学阶级,院方将加强学生的学习经验,策划开发新的课程,扩展目前500名学生的物质基础设施。而除了讲师和学生的发展要跟上,同时也重视吸引优秀的员工,并与合作伙伴保持良好的关系。


by Monica Tong

International Luxury Collections Week 2017 • Penang

CHTNetwork held a press conference announcing the International Luxury Collections Week 2017 • Penang. This will be the first-of-its-kind exhibition in Malaysia that provides a prestigious platform for both serious international and local reputable collectors and dealers to showcase the finest and most glamorous items in terms of products and services ranging from vintage automotive, exquisite jewellery, fine arts, genuine antiques, expensive watches, hotels, fashion to restaurants whilst connecting beautiful people and showcasing quality collections. Penang State Minister for Tourism & Culture Danny Law was present to endorse this new and exciting program citing that it will definitely contribute to the Penang tourism economy. The International Luxury Collections Week 2017 • Penang is organised by CHTNetwork, co-organised by Ichi Media, venue proudly sponsored by Gurney Paragon Mall and supported by Penang Art Society and Penang Antique Collectors Association. Further information about the sponsors and exhibitors will be announced on the official Facebook Event Page.

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由CHTNetwork主办,马来西亚首次呈现,2017年槟城国际奢华系列周将于10月27日至29日在槟城葛尼百丽宫购物广场举行。这是提供给予国际与本地精品奢华收藏家一个绝佳平台来展现他们的精品珍藏,其中包括有古董车、珠宝、艺术品、古董、精表、酒店、高尚服装、星级餐厅等。

槟州旅游文化发展委员会主席罗兴强行政议员相信这场国际奢华系列周也为槟城打造一个全新的旅游产品,借此展现槟州的多元化特色和高品质地位, 相信可为槟州旅游经济带来可观的效益。

2017年槟城国际奢华系列周是由CHTNetwork主办、Ichi Media协办,槟城葛尼百丽宫购物广场赞助场地,并获得槟城艺术协会和槟州古董收藏协会支持。更多的支持赞助商与参展单位将通过官方面子书宣布。

Festival of Food Galore 丰盛多彩美食节

Penang is no doubt one of South-East Asia’s centre for wondrous delicacies. This year, the island will see the inauguration of The Penang International Food Festival 2017, a 16-day event from 15 – 30 April that celebrates the humble authenticity of world-famous food. Food in Penang has long been extolled by many who have visited, including world-renowned chef and TV personality Anthony Bourdain and pastry chef Anna Olsen. From smoky Char Koay Teow to ice-cold Cendol, spicy and tangy Laksa to crispy Roti Canai, they all have a special spot in the hearts of those who have visited Penang.

The festival will highlight its motto – “Savour the Past”, “Enjoy the Present” and “Relish the Future” – through various events at different parts of George Town including Street Food Festival (SFF) at Lebuh Pantai that brings the best in Penang’s hawker fare, taking you back in time. Taste of Penang (TOP) celebrates Penang food of today presenting the most local gastronomic experience any tourist can see, and lastly, one of the more experiential part of the festival will see Fringe Food Festival (FFF) explores the cutting edge of food where chefs, baristas and mixologists collaborate, exchange ideas and innovate food of the future.

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作为东南亚奇妙美食中心之一,槟城从来当仁不让。随着2017年的“槟城国际美食节”启动,自4月15日至30日,长达16天的美食狂欢会,欢庆世界著名美食品尝盛典。槟城的美食长久以来有口皆碑,其中包括国际知名的厨师和电视名人 Anthony Bourdain 和著名糕点师 Anna Olsen 也对于槟城食物赞誉有加。从热气腾腾的炒粿条到沁凉人心的煎蕊,辛辣强烈的拉沙到脆香非凡的印度煎饼,分别都是槟城旅客难以割舍的心头爱。

盛会将突出其主旨:“典藏过去”,“享受现在”和“品味未来”,并通过乔治市不同区域的各种活动:土库街(Lebuh Pantai)的“街头美食节”(SFF)呈现最经典的槟城小吃,带你回到过去。“槟城的味道”(TOP)展示槟城现在最道地的美食与餐饮体验,如旅客所见所闻。最后一项是超越未来的“非主流美食节”(FFF),探索时代前沿的食品,各家厨师,咖啡师与调酒师合作交流,以创新思维打造未来的美食。

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Where the Excitement Never Ends 永不谢幕的激荡

Penang is much more than just exotic flavours that can make your taste buds dance. What governs Penang’s uniqueness is mainly the multi-racial communities with a myriad of flavours that have catapulted Penang into being one of the best food cities in the world. Prettily framing this, due to the multi-cultural factor, colourful and immensely memorable festivals happen all year around in Penang.

Penang’s appetite for drama and entertainment comes to life in spectacular festivals for all occasions, including religious, cultural and arts. Celebrations are held year-round, offering fantastic scenes such as acrobatic lion dances during Chinese New Year, the intricate weaving of ketupat (rice dumpling wrapped in palm leaves) during Hari Raya Aidilfitri and the unbelievable body piercings on show during Thaipusam.

Home-grown arts festivals are increasingly popular with global travellers such as the month-long George Town Festival and the continuous ‘10 Days 3 Festivals’ comprising George Town Literary Festival, In-between Arts Festival and Penang Island Jazz Festival.

Visit Penang, will be celebrated in Penang for the 3rd consecutive year. Kick-starting Visit Penang Year 2017 is the Penang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta held on the 4th and 5th February in conjunction with Chinese New Year where visitors are able to experience hovering above solid ground.

Another thing to watch out for throughout the year is the Last Friday, Saturday and Sunday or LFSS programme that happens each month in George Town. Here’s when cultural shows, music performances and interesting walkabout tours happen and most of them are free!

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壮观的宗教、文化和艺术节日连绵不绝,全方位的特色戏剧和娱乐活动环绕着。全年举行的庆典,展现令人难忘的场景:比如农历新年期间的舞狮舞龙杂技表演,欢庆开斋节特制的ketupat(棕榈叶包裹的米团子),还有让观者惊心动魄的大宝森节“肉身穿刺”感恩还神仪式。
至于当地与全世界游客互动的艺术活动也日益火爆,如长达一个月的乔治市庆典,还有10天3个庆祝活动,其中包括乔治市文学节、In-between艺术节和槟岛爵士音乐节。

2017槟城旅游年已是连续第三年在槟城欢庆,而开启2017年槟城旅游年的重头戏是2月4日和5日举行的热气球嘉年华会结合农历新年,而游客们可体验盘旋悬空在地面之上。

另外,值得关注的是贯穿全年的活动:Last Friday, Saturday and Sunday或称为LFSS计划,这是乔治市每月举行的亮点活动。包含文化节目、音乐表演和有趣的徒步旅行活动,大部分都是免费参与!

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Going Against The Norm of Condominium Development

In the modern world today, high-rise residential is a norm. Thanks to rapid development and land scarcity, the phenomenon is especially apparent in a city like Penang, Malaysia where high-rises are perceived to be more sustainable in terms of the number of households it is able to harbour under one roof. This emerging trend results in the mushrooming supplies of high-rise residences as well as demand for it.

Amid the Heart of Penang, Middleton is silently sprouting on the land of Minden Heights’ township. Dubbed Bungalows and Semi-Ds in the sky, Middleton is one of the latest projects by BSG Property, the property development division of the renowned Boon Siew Group. During an interview with Mr Chong Hock Aun, the Head of Sales & Marketing of BSG Property stated that Penang, as one of the regions with the most rapid economical growth in Malaysia, has gone through major urbanisation in the past decade and enjoyed much recognition from all over the world with its touristic attractions and its uniqueness as an island paradise. This has gotten Penang’s real estate market into a very competitive position where all property developers are outdoing each other with innovative ideas in the homes they build.

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As the name suggests, Middleton is indeed situated right at the center of the Penang Island. It is located at one of the most prestigious neighbourhood in Penang – Minden Heights. Apart from the easy access to and from all parts of town and amenities, Minden Heights retains the seclusion and serenity as a distinguished neighbourhood on Penang Island. Middleton provides the perks of living in an urban city minus the hustle and bustle of the urban lifestyle.

“With such a competitive market in Penang,
BSG Property is taking its development standards into a new height by designing Middleton to be not only aesthetically pleasant but also going against the norm of condominium developments. This is what makes this project stand out from other choices found around Penang Island where we will build units with Bungalow and Semi-D concept in the sky within Middleton.”
Mr Chong Hock Aun
Business Development Manager • Head of Sales & Marketing

Beneath the veil, Middleton houses 220 units of residences in total. Going against the stereotype of high-rise residential, there will only be 5 units per storey. Residents are able to enjoy absolute peace and solitude in their private pad as well as the facilities offered at Middleton.

Each unit is designed with a 1,409sqft layout that provides enough space to hold family gatherings as well as personal space to a private retreat for each family member. Residents will be amazed at the spaciousness Middleton could offer. Furthermore, each unit is furnished with quality finishes such as solid timber flooring for all bedrooms.

A home is a place where one rejuvenates and revitalises the soul for a new day. It is also a place where memories are created. Thus, it is important that we make the right choice that gives us the perfect home. Distinguished neighbourhood, avant-garde architecture, quality finishing and a spacious home in the sky – Middleton offers you the perfect home that elevates life, mind and soul.