April 2016 | Aibreán 2016

Penang Medical College Announce New President

Tue, 26 April 16 08:00

The Board of Penang Medical College (PMC) have announced the appointment of Professor Stephen Doughty as their fourth president. Prof Doughty will move to PMC from his current position in September 2016 succeeding Professor Amir Khir.

Professor Stephen Doughty joins PMC as its fourth president in September 2016. He will move to PMC from the position of Vice-Provost (Teaching and Learning) at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, a post he has held since 2010. Stephen joined the School of Pharmacy at the University of Nottingham in 2001 having previously worked at the University of Bradford, UK. He obtained a first-class degree in Chemistry from the University of Essex and a DPhil in Chemistry from Oxford University, UK. His research interests are focussed on molecular modelling and computer-aided drug design with a particular interest in modelling membrane-bound proteins for rational drug design.

In 2005, Stephen moved to the University of Nottingham’s Malaysia Campus (UNMC) to establish their School of Pharmacy. He became the Dean of the Faculty of Health & Biological Sciences at UNMC, later renamed to the Faculty of Science, UNMC. He introduced the first ever UK accredited pharmacy programme delivered in part overseas and as founding Dean grew the Faculty of Science to a strong six schools. Since 2005 he has sat on the Management Board at UNMC and has chaired the Campus Teaching Committee since 2007.

In 2008 Stephen was awarded a Lord Dearing Award for Teaching and Learning. Stephen has had extensive experience helping to guide the strategic direction of UNMC and specifically to drive new teaching and learning initiatives in order to keep pace with developments in learning technologies and student expectations. He has had extensive experience of institutional quality assurance both in the UK and Malaysia, being an institutional auditor for both the UK’s Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) and the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA).

Penang Medical College is owned by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) and University College Dublin (UCD). Students spend the first half of their medical training in Dublin and return to Penang to complete their medical training and receive a National University of Ireland medical degree. In 2016 PMC celebrates 20 years in Malaysia -  with almost 1,500 PMC medical graduates now working throughout Malaysia.  Professor Doughty joins PMC as its fourth president and CEO, taking over from Professor Amir Khir who has been with PMC since its early days and has served as Professor of Medicine, Dean, President and CEO. 

Professor Doughty says:

”It is a privilege and an honour to be able to take over the leadership of PMC at this exciting time in its history with 20 years of strong and steady growth which have built PMC a solid reputation within Malaysia and beyond. I am excited at the opportunity to drive PMC forwards in the next chapter of its development and I look forward to working with PMC’s talented staff and students in that challenge.”

Announcing the appointment, Professor Hannah McGee, Chair of the Board of Penang Medical College commented,

On behalf of UCD and RCSI, we are delighted to welcome Professor Stephen Doughty as our new president & CEO to PMC. His expertise in the international higher education arena, in Malaysia and beyond, is very impressive and particularly opportune as we celebrate 20 years of success for PMC  - and plan the stepping stones for success over the next 20 years.  Professor Doughty will have the enthusiastic support of staff in PMC, alongside staff and senior administration in UCD and RCSI to support him in this new role.

UCD Dean of Medicine, Professor Patrick Murray added,

I would like to personally thank Prof Khir for his dedicated service to PMC as Foundation Professor of Medicine, long standing Dean and recent President/CEO. Along with our colleagues in Dublin and Penang, I am pleased to join Prof Khir in welcoming Prof Doughty to PMC.