Malaysia to build first nursing hospital in the world

The first and only international university dedicated to nursing education will be built in Bandar Seri Sendayan, Negeri Sembilan.

The International University College of Nursing (IUCN) will be built on a 200-acre land, and the first phase will be ready in July, 2009.

Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan said Phase One would see the construction of campus, its amenities and hostels on the first few acres of land.

He said the much sought-after profession saw a world shortage and that IUCN would meet the demand, locally and internationally.

The menteri besar was speaking to reporters at a signing ceremony involving the project today.

At the ceremony, Mohamad represented the Menteri Besar Incorporation (MBI) as a signatory while the other signatory was Director of Run Education Sdn Bhd Tunku Putera Tunku Nadzaruddin Tuanku Jaafar.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the ideal ratio between a nurse and patient is 1:200 but in Malaysia, the ratio is 1:645.

Mohamad said that 130,000 nurses must be trained by the year 2020, to meet the country’s demand.

“I am grateful to IUCN for building its campus in Seremban as it promises much benefit for the people of Negeri Sembilan. There will be employment opportunities, foreign currency exchange and generally a more buoyant economy for the state and the country,” he said.

IUCN will invest RM200 million in the campus and facilities. Construction of the campus will begin next month.

Mohamad said the university was targeting 5,000 students when it opened for registration in September next year.

source: BERNAMA


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