Quest International University Perak (QIUP) and Kaplan Medical signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Monday, October 16.

The objective of the MoU, signed at QIUP, is to appoint QIUP as the Examination Centre for the Northern region of Malaysia for the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE).

Signing on behalf of QIUP was Chief Operating Officer Nicholas Goh, witnessed by Vice Chancellor, Professor Dato’ Dr Raman Narayanasamy while Chief Executive Officer of Nugrahan Sdn Bhd, Parthiban Shanmugam signed on behalf of Kaplan Medical witnessed by Dr Inder Pahal, Global Director Institutional Partnerships of Kaplan Health.

Nicholas elaborated that this move is in line with QIUP’s continuous efforts to ensure its programmes adheres to global standards.

“We’re proud to be associated with Kaplan Medical, where QIUP will act as the Examination Centre for the USMLE in the northern region. This is part of our continuous efforts to build our MBBS curriculum to global standards.

“We’re working towards embedding USMLE syllabus into our current MBBS curriculum which will be a value add for QIUP MBBS students and graduates as they will be trained to sit for this international examination before graduation,” said Nicholas.

Dr Inder Pahal said that QIUP and Kaplan Medical share the same values, which is to provide the best for the students.

“Although the USMLE is primarily a US-based examination, it’s now accepted all over the world. The examination enables students to apply what they learnt in class into practice,” he said.

The USMLE is a three-step specialist licensing examination. Students can sit for the first two steps of the USMLE in Malaysia, while for the third step, they can apply with institutions in the US. This reduces the duration of training and allows medical graduates to become specialists by age 30.

Nabilah Hamudin