Dedicated to serving others

24 March 2010 - EDUCATION is about lighting the fire within. Good education seeks to develop character while striving to stimulate the intellect," says Sime Darby Nursing and Health Sciences College chief executive officer Shanaz Mawji.

At Sime Darby College, they nurture competent, confident and caring professionals.

The college specialises in healthcare education. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has reported a worldwide shortage of skilled healthcare personnel. Students pursuing healthcare-related education will not only find fulfilment in careers that are dedicated to serving others, but will also find that it is relatively easier to find employment in Malaysia and overseas.

The college currently offers the Diploma in Nursing, Diploma in Nursing-Assistant Nurse Conversion Programme and Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology. Entry-level requirements for the diploma programme are a minimum of a pass in SPM with at least four credits in pre-requisite subjects.

Sime Darby College will be offering "specialisation programmes" in Nursing, degree programmes and Diploma in Physiotherapy. It is their aim to offer a comprehensive range of healthcare-related programmes over the years.

The college was established in 1995 and was one of the pioneer colleges to offer Nursing courses.

All the programmes are recognised by the Ministry of Higher Education and the Malaysian Qualifications Agency. Their Diploma in Nursing (assistant nurse conversion programme) students obtained 100% passes in the recent Nursing Board Registration Exams.

Over the last 15 years, they have had a track record of an average of 98% passes in the registration exams set by the Nursing Board.
"A well-designed curriculum, coupled with a deeply committed academic staff that cares for the students as if they are their own, has allowed our students to understand and internalise the intricacies of the subject.

The conducive environment and supporting facilities fuel this thirst for knowledge," says Shanaz.

At Sime Darby College, their Medical Laboratory Technology and Nursing Programme students practise at their very own award-winfling hospital the Sime Darby Medical Centre. It is a 400-bed tertiary care hospital located in Subang Jaya, Selangor.

The Sime Darby Medical Centre is one of the few Malaysian hospitals that, apart from the many accolades and awards over the past 25 years, has also earned international recognition for healthcare quality standards by achieving accreditation from the Joint Commission International (JCI), the worldwide leader in improving the quality of healthcare.

The Sime Darby Medical Centre also attained accreditation for its medical laboratory in October under the MS ISO 15189 standards for quality and competence.

"Our students benefit from the knowledge obtained from our consultant specialists and highly experienced staff at the Sime Darby Medical Centre as well as from the award-winning and internationally recognised customer and stafffocused management techniques," adds Shanaz.

They also offer the Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching Methodology. A minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in any health science-related fields is the entry requirement. This course will give the participants the extra edge to be able to confidently teach in any institution of higher education.

Students are assessed for proficiency in the English language and the college offers value-added English Language courses to enable students to have a better grasp of the information available in print and on the Internet.

All the programmes are recognised by the Ministry of Higher Education and ihe Malaysian Qualifications Agency.

A great deal of passion and caring~ is required of those pursuing healthcare-related programmes.
Through the various activities spearheaded by the Student Body Council, humanistic values are nurtured.

Leadership qualities are nurtured through the many extracurricular activities that stimulate creativity and encourage planning, organising and teamwork.
"To meet their unique learning needs, students have been given a great deal of support in the form of full scholarships, learning materials, facilities and accommodation.

Yayasan Sime Darby Scholarships are offered to students with academic aptitude and leadership qualities.

"Financial assistance like PTPTN loans as well as assistance with EPF withdrawals are also available for self-sponsored students," says Shanaz.

The intakes for the Diploma in Nursing and Medical Lab Technology programmes are in January, April, July and September each year.
The intakes for the Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching Methodology are in April and July.

Effective April, the intake for the English Language Course is every two months.