History of the Faculty of Medicine
Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA) was initially started as a Kolej Ugama Sultan Zainal Abidin (KUSZA). It was then upgraded to Universiti Darul Iman Malaysia (UDM) on March 26, 2005 following an official announcement by the Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Abdullah Haji Ahmad Badawi. On January 1st, 2006, Dato’ Professor Dr Alias bin Daud was appointed as UDM’s first Vice Chancellor. “Knowledge for the Benefit of Humanity” was declared as its motto. UniSZA aims to mould future talented leaders who are knowledgeable, cultured and with an international outlook.
UniSZA currently operates three campuses, namely Kota Campus, Gong Badak Campus and Besut Campus. Kota Campus is dedicated to Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FPSK) officially began its operation on 18th September 2007 on the previously-established Faculty of Health Sciences after official approval by the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE), on 29th January 2007. Subsequent to the official announcement by YAB The Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak on 9th January 2009. The Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) granted their approval to start MBBS programme on 3rd February 2009 and first enrolment of 30 students was started in July 2009. In August 2009, a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between UDM and KKM was made official and hence allowing MBBS students to undertake their clinical training at the ministries hospitals and health clinics throughout Terengganu. The first batch of 32 medical students were graduated in 2014 and followed by second batch of 51 students in August 2015.
FP began with the offer three courses; Diploma in Radiography, Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology and Diploma in Nursing Science and also known as Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FPSK). Where in 2008, it grew to six programs which are two degree programs offered: Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery and Bachelor of Dietetics (Honours). In 2001, the program was first offered the Diploma in Physiotherapy.
However, the Board of Directors in its meeting on 17 December 2014 No.6/ 2014 was agreed to approve the restructuring FPSK to make two (2) separate faculties and known by the Faculty of Medicine (FP) and the Faculty of Health Sciences (FSK) with effect from 1 January 2015.
FP now offers a diploma program, the Diploma in Nursing Science and also offers a program in the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery.
The cabinet has approved a teaching hospital of 400 beds with a future expansion in two phases. A 50 acre of land in Gong Badak Campus compound was reserved by the state government for the teaching hospital.