KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 18 (Bernama) -- The Pusrawi International College of
Medical Sciences (Picoms)and University of East London (UEL) signed a memorandum
of understanding (MoU) to offer a bachelor degree programme in nursing next
Minister in the Prime Minister''s Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom
said the two-year programme would be carried out to ''top up'' the three-year
Nursing Science Diploma currently being offered by Picoms.
"We target 100 students for each intake, and each year there are two
intakes, in April and October," said Jamil Khir, who is also Federal Territory
Islamic Religious Council (MAIWP) chairman, here today.
Picoms Executive chairman Datuk Mohd Zubir Sheikh Saad signed the MoU on
behalf of Picoms while UEL was represented by Pro Vice-Chancellor, International
Prof John Shaw.
Jamil Khir hoped the new programme would give an opportunity to the less
fortunate, especially the groups of tithe receipients, to continue their studies
to the degree level to change their lives.
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He said that other than UEL, Picoms had also signed a memorandum of
Agreement (MoA) with Al-Azhar University in Egypt last May to offer a programme
Mohd Zubir said the MoU, MoA and new programmes and those that would be
introduced would be able to help Picoms into becoming a college university in
about two years.
Picoms, which was set up in 1995, is owned by MAIWP and, currently, has 800
Besides the Nursing Science Diploma, Picoms had also received the green
light from the Higher Education Ministry to begin a Diploma in Pharmacy, Diploma
in Medical Science and Diploma in Environmental Health Science.
Meanwhile, commenting on the urgings of deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri
Muhyiddin Yassin yesterday that the funds from tithes be managed productively,
Jamil Khir said MAIWP gave aid to more than 14,000 people every month from the
proceeds of a productive management of funds from tithes.
"Of the total, about 450 were assisted in getting hemodialysis treatment on
a RM8.7 million expenditure. We also have a cooperation with Selayang Hospital
to provide cataract operations," he said.
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