Melaka-Manipal Medical College (MMMC) started with the admission of the first batch of students in Sep 1997. This MBBS programme was the outcome of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between JVMC Corporation Sdn. Bhd. and Manipal Education & Medical Group (MEMG).
This agreement was signed in New Delhi in the presence of His Excellency Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, the then Prime Minister of Malaysia and the Honorable Late Shri P.V. Narasimha Rao, the then Prime Minister of India. Subsequently the state government of Melaka expressed an interest in having the project located in Melaka. In 1996 an agreement was signed for the participation of Melaka state government through Yayasan Melaka. The twinning program has been developed by the JVMC Corporation Sdn. Bhd. in association with Manipal University (MU), a deemed university. JVMC has an MoU dated 13 December 1993 with Manipal University to provide the academic content and teaching. Manipal University has trained more than 2000 Malaysian doctors, which is the largest private sector contribution to professional medical manpower in Malaysia over a span of nearly 40 years.
Manipal University provides the academic programme and extends administrative support for the whole course, including the clinical programme which is conducted in Malaysia. The programme envisages a two and a half year preclinical training course in Manipal, followed by two and a half years of clinical training in Malaysia. Teaching faculty are recruited locally from Melaka and Manipal University to ensure sustained high standards. The clinical training is done at the Melaka General Hospital, Muar District Hospital, Tangkak hospital, Terendak Army Hospital and Jasin Hospital. All these hospitals are specialist hospitals and have already been providing training facilities for doctors up to the post graduate level. Community health training is provided at various health centres in Melaka. The twinning programme and the establishment of the Melaka-Manipal Medical College has been approved by the Ministry of Education, Malaysia and the MBBS degree is recognized by the Malaysian Medical Council and Government of Malaysia.
The Malaysian Accreditation team, Lembaga Accreditasi Negara (LAN) visited Melaka and Manipal Campuses of Melaka Manipal Medical College in January 2003. Subsequently in July 2003, the government of Malaysia and Malaysian Medical Council recognized the MBBS degree of Melaka-Manipal Medical College was included in the WHO list of recognized medical colleges and also in the International Medical Education Directory (IMED) of the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). The MBBS degree of Melaka-Manipal Medical College is also recognized by the Sri Lanka Medical Council.
At MMMC, there is a strong commitment to nation building and therefore after the successful implementation of our MBBS and BDS programmes, the college has underlined this responsibility by introducing the Foundation in Science programme. The programme is intended to expose and equip prospective medical and dental students with the general study skills necessary to cope with the highly demanding undergraduate study. This programme will provide students with a structured pathway into undergraduate programmes and enable them to develop their practical, intellectual, communication and professional skills. The Foundation in Science programme at MMMC will give Malaysian students the opportunity to pursue their chosen medical and dental studies closer to home.