About RUMC

About RCSI & UCD Malaysia Campus

The Need for a Medical Institution in Penang

RCSI & UCD Malaysia Campus (RUMC) started its journey as Malaysia’s first accredited private medical institution in 1996. Then known as Penang Medical College (PMC), RUMC was initially formed to fulfil the need of having a medical institution in the northern region. It was established by two leading universities in Ireland – Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) and University College Dublin (UCD).

Foreign University Branch Campus Status

In 2018, we received the University status from the Malaysian Ministry of Education (MOE) and we are now known as a Foreign University Branch Campus – one of the highest levels for a foreign-owned institution in Malaysia. RUMC remains as the only Irish Foreign Branch Campus in the region.

Internationally-Recognised Irish Medical Degree

Our graduates are conferred with a medical degree from the National University of Ireland (NUI) that is recognised by the Irish Medical Council (IMC) and the Malaysian Medical Council (MMC). RUMC is also listed as an Irish medical university in the World Directory of Medical Schools (WDOMS). The Irish medical degree provides our graduates with recognition to practise in the USA, the UK, Ireland, Canada and others by the ECFMG and FAIMER.

Source: Malaysia Medical Council: Second Schedule of Medical Act 1971, updated on Dec 2017.

Nurturing High-Calibre Healthcare Leaders

Since its inception, RUMC has graduated over 2,100 medical students who are now practising Medicine in various countries around the world. Thanks to the vast network of high-performing alumni, RUMC has gained an international reputation for the quality of its graduates.


ECFMG: Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates

FAIMER: Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education

WDOMS: World Directory of Medical Schools

About RUMC

Our Vision

To be health & well-being focused, globally recognised, education & research centre of the highest quality.

Our Mission

To contribute to patients and society through excellence in education, learning, research, and to benefit healthcare in Malaysia and its surrounding region

Our Values

Scholarship of the highest standard

Professional conduct at all times

Integrity by adopting highest ethical standards

Respect for one another

Innovation by embracing change and technology

Teamwork by synergising our efforts towards achieving a common goal