The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and the College of Physicians in Malaysia have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote health and academic cooperation.

The MoU will cement the long-standing ties between the College of Physicians in Malaysia and our College. There are many physicians in Malaysia who are members of both Colleges. 

This agreement  will enhance academic cooperation, especially in the training of future specialists, and contribute towards achieving health-related goals and priorities in both countries.

The Colleges are able to facilitate placements into appropriate International Training Fellowships, such as the Medical Training Initative, and assist with GMC registration and visas.  With this MoU both Colleges would work together on the process. The College of Physicians in Malaysia will endeavour to facilitate doctors from the Ministry of Health’s and Ministry of Higher Education’s medical institutions to apply for the these posts.  We will use close ties to the UK and Scottish Governments’ Health Departments to match the training needs of the candidate to the most appropriate hospital and trainer in the UK.

The other area of cooperation is in the form of supporting the respective annual scientific meetings. Relevant experts in various fields of medicine would be identified by the sister College in response to requests by the host College.




Professor Derek Bell, President of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, said:

“I am delighted to sign this Memorandum of Understanding today on behalf of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh to take forward our strong relationship with the College of Physicians in Malaysia and help us work towards further academic collaboration.

"The MoU reflects the strong ties that the two Colleges have developed and will help deliver shared knowledge, training and research between the Colleges to the benefit of both countries.”

State-of-the-art lectures presentesded live at the College in Edinburgh are webstreamed to nine different sites across Malaysia.

The MoU will also facilitate:

  • The exchange of information on health matters; 
  • The exchange of published research in the fields of clinical practice, biomedical science and healthcare technologies, as well as health system and reform being carried out in the two countries;
  • The encouragement of attendance at professional and scientific meetings by specialists from both countries and the organisation of joint colloquia; 
  • The encouragement of direct links between appropriate institutions in each country; 
  • The encouragement of publication of papers of mutual interest in areas of research and practice; and 
  • The encouragement of exchanges at multilateral meetings by health administrators and specialists from both countries.