"I'm proud to say that since 2002, UniKL has successfully produced a total of 918 doctors most of whom are doing commendable service in hospitals across the country. Incidentally, the total number of UniKL graduates today has increased from 31, 638 (2015) to 31, 787 (2016) with your graduation today", said Datuk Dr Adham Baba, Pro- Chancellor and Chairman of Universiti Kuala Lumpur in his key-note address at the Temporary Certificate Presentation and Oath Taking Ceremony that was held on 21st March 2016 at Casuarina @meru Hotel, Ipoh, Perak.
Datuk Dr Adham Baba congratulated all the 149 Medical graduates from the Class of 2011 - 2016 for their excellent achievement in their final examination. "I know it has not been an easy journey because I have been there too. You have gone through a tedious academic and professional journey, one that can only be successfully completed through hard work, diligence and determination. The MBBS curriculum is a very intense and elaborate curriculum and I am proud that you have made it."
He said, the internship programme is normally for two years but some take longer and this has caused a backlog with new graduates being unable to enter due to the limited vacancies in public hospitals. Applications for placement in the Klang valley take a longer time compared to Sabah and Sarawak. He added that the government has decided to limit the number of students accepted into universities so that there are not too many graduates and a moratorium was issued three years ago to reduce the intake of medical students in public and private universities. This is a major problem facing all medical graduates. Even dentists and pharmacists are facing the same problem".
Pursuant to this he said UniKL in its 10 year strategic plan (2014-2023) has proposed to provide state of the art teaching and learning facilities. The strategic planning for RCMP includes building a teaching hospital and to have collaboration with Alexandria University of Egypt. On top of that, UniKL will ensure adequate lecturers in all areas of specialization to facilitate quality teaching and learning.
The reading of the Hippocratic Oath was led by Dr Ung Lik Hoe who had clinched the Dean's award, as well as awards for Outstanding Performance in the Final Professional Examination and Outstanding Performance in the First Professional Examination. Dr Ung was also given the opportunity to deliver the valedictorian speech. In his speech he expressed his gratitude to all the lecturers. "Thank you for putting in the extra effort to make our lessons more interesting so we wouldn't just tune off. Behind every successful graduate there are at least a dozen people or more providing support in innumerable ways. The best way we can show our gratitude to all of you is to make the most of the opportunity we have been given, and go forward into the world with the conviction of making it a better place for the present and future generations of Malaysians. We promise to pay that debt of gratitude to the Malaysian society".
Also present were Dato' Dr Hjh Juita Ghazalie, Director Perak State Health Department, Puan Teh Arfah Kamarul Zaman, Director Perak State MARA, En Hisshamuddin Omar, Chief Executive Head of Campus, Y.B. Dr. Haji Mohd Noor Azmi Bin Ghazali, Chairman of PCM Sdn Bhd and Prof. Dr. Osman Ali, Dean, Faculty of Medicine.
The session ended with a group photo session to commemorate the event.
Zahaimi binti Abdullah Sani