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Extending the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland's long-standing educational involvement with Malaysia an undergraduate medical programme has been established in Kuala Lumpur in conjunction with Perdana University.
Established in 2011, RCSI, through its partnership with Perdana University (PU), Kuala Lumpur, licenses and delivers its five-year Undergraduate Medical Programmme, as part of the Academic Medical Centre for Excellence. The programme is fully accredited by both the Irish and Malaysian Medical Councils.
The programme has 300 students, of which the first full-cycle cohort graduated in September 2016 with degrees awarded by RCSI and the National University of Ireland. The curriculum is delivered largely by a team of RCSI specialist academic leads, who liaise with RCSI Dublin on a range of academic topics.
Perdana University-Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (PU-RCSI) is part of a larger project – the Kuala Lumpur Academic Medical Centre (AMC) – a proposal to develop a centre of excellence for medicine in Malaysia.
Living in Kuala Lumpur
Perdana University (PU-RCSU) is located close to the capital city of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, providing a unique working and living environment for those energised by a dynamic and culturally diverse environment. Kuala Lumpur (commonly known simply as KL ), is a proud and diverse capital city, boasting gleaming skyscrapers, colonial architecture, charming locals, and a myriad natural attractions. Divided into numerous districts, its main hub is called the Golden Triangle which comprises Bukit Bintang, KLCC and Chinatown. Kuala Lumpur is widely recognised for numerous landmarks, including Petronas Twin Towers (the world’s tallest twin skyscrapers), Petaling Street flea market, and Batu Caves, which are over 400 million years old. The currency is the Malaysian Ringgit; 1 MYR = 0.21 EUR.
Facts and figures
- Population: Circa 1.76 million
- Temperature (summer): 26-32C
- Temperature (winter): 26-32C
- Timezone: GMT +8
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Food and dining
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Entertainment, sports and family clubs
Relocating to Kuala Lumpur
As is the case when relocating to any new location, there is a lot to consider when relocating to Kuala Lumpur – where to live, schools, cost of living, visas, etc. The RCSI International Talent team are available to assist with providing detailed information on all aspects of relocating, from the logistics of flying out, transporting personal effects and other support services available. A brief overview on some aspects of relocating to Kuala Lumpur can be found below.
With the increase of the expat population, the number of international schools in Kuala Lumpur has also increased. Education in Kuala Lumpur is of a high standard, and there are many options for different budgets. It is very common that schools provide dining facilities for breakfasts and lunches for students. While there are a number of schools for expats to choose from, classes fill up quickly so registration should be completed as early as possible.
Cost of livingThe cost of living in Malaysia is relatively low in comparison to some of its neighboring countries, such as Singapore. As with relocating to any destination, the cost of living in Kuala Lumpur can vary depending on the lifestyle one chooses to lead. Food costs in Kuala Lumpur are generally reasonable, particularly if purchasing local produce. Restaurants are generally affordable, however local markets serving good quality street food are plentiful and very affordable.
|Litre of milk||MYR 8||€1.72|
|Dozen eggs||MYR 7||€1.50|
|Loaf of bread||MYR 2.90||€0.62|
|Three course meal (mid-range restaurant)||MYR 117||€25|
|Bottle of beer in a pub||MYR 21||€4.50|
|Petrol/gas (per litre)||MYR 1.90||€0.40|
Working in Kuala Lumpur
As an RCSI international employee, there are many support services available when relocating to Kuala Lumpur. RCSI will work collaboratively with Perdana University to ensure all necessary visas, work authorisation paperwork is arranged.
Work authorisations and visas
BankingIn order to open a bank account in Kuala Lumpur, expats must have a valid work permit – this will be arranged in advance of relocation. An element of paperwork will be required, with which assistance will also be provided. There are several international banks in operation in the Kuala Lumpur. Banks such as HSBC and Bank of America have some branches in the city and using one of these may make it easier if you wish to transfer money back to an account in your country of origin.