UTAR and Aged Care Group Sdn Bhd (ACG) inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on areas of health care services for the aged. The MoU was signed in a ceremony which was held at the UTAR Sg Long Campus on 24 March 2015.
Signing the MoU on behalf of UTAR was its President Ir. Prof Academician Dato’ Dr. Chuah Hean Teik, and for ACG, it was the Chairman Datin Choo Lein Sei Keng. The witnesses for the signing were UTAR Head of Department of Chinese Medicine Dr Te Kian Keong, and ACG Chief Executive Officer Ms Carol Yip. Also present was ACG Managing Director Dato’ Frank Choo Chuo Siong who delivered a speech on behalf of ACG.
Dato’ Frank Choo said, “Education is of vital importance and this collaboration will assist the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) students to attain some practical training in an actual environment and work with the aged to gain the relevant experience and skills.’ Dato’ Frank further emphasised that the practice of TCM consultation and services at ACG’s aged care facilities, which doubles as teaching avenues, will serve to provide recognition and develop the professional capacity of UTAR TCM students and academic staff.
Speaking on the benefits of this strategic partnership, Prof Chuah said, “There will be more demand for healthcare professionals in the years ahead. The number of Malaysians aged 60 years and older is projected to increase to 3.4 million by 2020 or 9.9% of the total population. Hence, this collaboration will provide additional training for our students especially on long term healthcare for the elderly. This is also in line with UTAR’s holistic and academic rigour to provide quality training for our students to be employment-ready and be better healthcare professionals.”
The MoU establishes a synergistic relationship for UTAR and ACG through internship and volunteering opportunities for UTAR students in TCM, Physiotherapy, Nursing and other relevant programmes.