University of Malaya (UM) and Taylor’s University (Taylor’s) held a signing ceremony for a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that involves a voluntary body donation programme known as the Silent Mentor programme. The MoU among others will assign a dedicated Silent Mentor Workshop for students from Taylor’s. The Silent Mentor workshop is proposed as pilot project.
Prof. Datuk Dr. Rohana Yusof, UM’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Student Affairs) and Mr. Pradeep Nair, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Taylor’s University signed the MoU on behalf of each institution.
According to Prof. Datuk Dr. Rohana, the MoU shows a growing relationship between UM and Taylor’s University.
“Last Febuary, UM and Taylor’s jointly organised the first ever national conference on Student Affairs Governance held in One World Hotel. Now we are signing a MoU that has clear objectives. This kind of incremental partnerships between public and private educational institutions can bring about positive collaborations and I am sure that this is one of those.”
Taylor's University Deputy Vice Chancellor, Mr. Pradeep Nair shared that the Silent Mentor programmeme is part of Taylor's University's goal of providing education of the head, heart and hand.
“It provides our medical students an experience like no other and I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to all parties involved in this programmeme, especially the family members. You have granted our medical students an extremely unique educational experience that I am sure they will greatly appreciate.
“On behalf of Taylor’s University, it gives me a sense of immense satisfaction to share that we are the first university to partner with University of Malaya in this initiative,” he said.
The Silent Mentor programme is a voluntary body donation programme for medical education and research that was initiated by Tzu-Chi University of Taiwan more than 15 years ago. The ultimate objective of this programme is to cultivate the values of humanity among medical students and professionals that weaves professional training workshop with humanistic appreciation to the silent mentors (donors) and at the same time, increase empathy level of students/professionals.
The first batch of 8 medical students joined the Silent Mentor programme in December 2013 while another 9 students will participate in the programme later this year.