Today, another piece of news appeared in the Star regarding the same college which I wrote about, 3 weeks ago over HERE. It is rather sad to hear that hundreds of students will likely be affected. None of their programs are yet to be accredited by MMC except the abandoned twinning program with Indonesian University. What will happen if MMC decides not to accreditate this university? Looking at the current scenario, teaching facilities and staff situation, very likely MMC will NOT accreditate this university. The worst affected will be their local program and the MD UKM program. From my previous post, i received few comments from students who were doing the twining program with the 2 Ireland universities. It was mentioned that most of the government sponsored students were absorbed into the Ireland university’s 5 year program. If I am not mistaken, they had to start from Year 1 again. I am not sure about the self paying students. The whole idea of twinning is to reduce cost.
Over the years, I told many students who wanted to do medicine in this university NOT to accept the offer. Right from the beginning I had doubts about this university. No university in this world can run 5 medical programs. Unfortunately, due to their “generous” scholarship offer, many students/parents were “tricked” into accepting the offer without checking the background, teaching facilities etc. The human nature is to find the cheapest possible way to make their children a doctor. As I have said many times before, doing medicine is not just about getting a degree. It is more than that.
If indeed the university is in dire need of money, the only option is to sell it or ask the state government to buy over. Sheffield university was bought over by the Perak state government when they went into financial difficulties in late 1990s. It was renamed Royal College of Medicine of Perak till it was sold to UniKL few years ago. The same situation might happen over here. It is considered a bail-out but do the government have enough money now? Furthermore, the state government is under the opposition where as the owner of this uni is considered a close ally of the federal government. This was evident from past newspaper promotional activities of the college where DPM, ex-PM attended.
From today’s article in the Star (see below), it was mentioned that students are not allowed to enter the teaching government hospitals. I am not sure what is happening but very likely the university is not paying the HODs of the hospital. Generally every university has to pay each HOD of the hospital a monthly allowance of about RM 800-1500 to facilitate teaching of the students in the wards. The HODs have every right to block the students from entering the wards if there is a conflict.
Over the years, many did not believe the advice that I gave. I talked about the reality on the ground but people get carried away with the promises given by businessman. Many would like to believe what is written in the brochure and promises by the respective marketing team. For over 4 years, I wrote about all these marketing gimmicks and yet people refuse to believe. Perdana University promised their own teaching hospital by the time the first batch reaches final year! Again, I was sceptical. To date, even the ground work has not started!! The government is to be blamed for all this mess but our society also need to wake up from their sleep. WE have an ignorant society. Many refuse to believe what is written in this blog despite facts and figures. Many feel that it is all negative and nothing positive. BUT, what is written in this blog will NEVER be told to you by anyone else. It is the reality and the truth. The truth hurts. If you want to hear positive things, just open the mainstream newspaper daily!
Anyway, I hope an amicable solution will be taken by the college for the sake of the students. Many of them may need to transfer to another college and redo their entire course. UKM may even pull out their degree. Hope everything will end well.
This will likely be my last blog entry till the MMA AGM in Johor. Please do come down to JB to attend the AGM
AUCMS students badly hit by school’s financial woes
BY RAHMAH GHAZALI
PETALING JAYA: Hundreds of Penang-based private medical school Allianze University Medical Sciences (AUCMS) students have suffered from the school’s financial crisis, which has allegedly dragged on for a year.
An employee, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told The Star Online that the students were no longer allowed to serve their practical years in some government hospitals due to the college’s poor track record.
“There are many occasions where the students are not allowed to enter the wards as the hospital’s departments refused to accept students from AUCMS.
“They complained that the quality of teaching in AUCMS has been below the standard of medical school,” he claimed.
The plight of AUCMS employees was highlighted in The Star Online on Apr 22, with some turning to loan sharks in desperation as their salaries have allegedly not been paid in four months.
Despite repeated reminders to the college’s management including a signed petition, the employee said their concerns have been ignored.
“Our patience is running thin. It’s been five months now and we haven’t received a sen yet,” he said, adding that the employees are planning to take legal action against the college.
“More than 65 employees have signed a petition letter demanding their salaries, Employees Provident Funds contributions and scheduler tax reduction are paid according to their contracts.
“However, the management still has not responded to the petition,” he said.
He also said the employees are threatening to boycott the classes due to the ongoing problems.
“Our medical faculty is also badly hit as many high-ranked and clinical lecturers have left to other institutions,” he said.
He added that the employees have decided to take legal action against the college for the unpaid salaries.
AUCMS president Datuk Dr Zainuddin Md Wazir had previously said that they were going through some “financial hiccups” and vowed to make the outstanding payments as early as this month.
When reached for comments, Zainuddin said the management is “sorting it out the issue immediately.
“We acknowledge their problems and we are in the midst of settling it,” he said, briefly.
AUCMS is a private learning institution located at Kepala Batas, Penang that runs specialised courses of study in medicine, hospitality, tourism, sports science and allied health sciences.