In an increasingly globalised world, cross-border interdisciplinary partnerships have become a necessity to address the world’s most pressing healthcare issues.
Recognising this, Sunway Medical Centre (SunMed), Sunway University (SunU), the Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences at Monash University Malaysia (JCSMHS) and the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation have recently signed agreements with the University of Cambridge to collaborate on healthcare and education issues.
Under the agreements, Sunway Medical Centre will establish the Sunway Clinical Research Centre that will become a Regional Site Partner of the School of Clinical Medicine of the University of Cambridge.
The Sunway Clinical Research Centre will help develop an integrated approach to healthcare, clinical trials and research in Malaysia aimed at prevention, earlier diagnosis and improved treatments for diseases that are tailored to the Asian genetic composition.
As part of the collaboration, Cambridge and Royal Papworth Hospital will establish a joint programme between the Cambridge’s School of Clinical Medicine, SunMed, JCSMHS, and SunU. This will allow sharing of academic excellence through regular academic visits and exchanges, as well as scientific and clinical training opportunities at Cambridge for outstanding postgraduates from Sunway.
The signed agreements also allow for Sunway Medical Centre to collaborate with the hospitals who are part of the Cambridge University Health Partners, two of which are the world renowned Royal Papworth Hospital and Addenbrooke’s Hospital. This will help Sunway Medical Centre in its goal to become Malaysia’s first private teaching hospital.
“Cambridge University’s decision to collaborate with us further testifies to Sunway’s commitment to excellence and to giving back to society. At Sunway, we are determined to raise standards in healthcare and education, providing the best possible to not just Malaysians, but also the 630 million-strong population of the ASEAN region. Making people’s lives better is fundamental to what we do here, because we’re passionate about sustainable development,”
– said Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr Jeffrey Cheah AO, Sunway Group Founder and Chairman.
The University of Cambridge Vice-Chancellor Professor Stephen Toope OC, welcomed the partnership, saying;
“The agreements we have signed with the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation and Sunway Medical Centre mark the beginning of a new stage in an exceptional partnership. Working together, Cambridge University, the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation and Sunway Medical Centre are poised to make a signal contribution to some of the world’s major medical challenges.”
Professor Patrick Maxwell, Regius Professor of Physic and Head of the School of Clinical Medicine, said;
“As the world of medicine changes more rapidly than perhaps ever before, it is clear that collaboration will be the key to success. For this reason, I am delighted that we are entering into a new collaboration with Sunway, an institution which shares our unswerving commitment to excellence in medicine and medical education.”
The collaboration is part of Sunway’s plans to develop Sunway City as a regional hub of excellence in the healthcare and education sectors.
Sunway’s relationship with Cambridge began in 2014 with the establishment of two Jeffrey Cheah Professorial Fellowships in Gonville and Caius College in Cambridge, in a move to build research and academic links with SunU.