CQUniversity Brisbane recently hosted a group of 15 Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Chiropractic students from Malaysia thanks to a new partnership with the International Medical University (IMU), Kuala Lumpur.
The IMU students spent their time between CQU’s chiropractic clinic at Indooroopilly and the skills training labs at the main campus on Ann Street.
The study tour came about as part of a Memorandum of Understanding between CQU and IMU, with work ongoing to develop a formal articulation pathway that will involve IMU students transferring to CQU to complete their undergraduate studies before commencing their post-graduate studies.
CQU Head of Course for Chiropractic Dawn Dane said the students participated in both practical and theory-based classes on campus, observed and completed case scenario work in the clinic with our final year interns.
“Hosting the students from IMU has been a great pleasure for the staff and students at CQU Chiropractic. The students from both institutions have had a fabulous time working together during in-class activities and getting to know each other in more social settings,” she said.
“The opportunity for future healthcare professionals to participate in intercultural experiences provides such valuable learning. We look forward to many more student exchanges.”
She said the IMU group also visited Lone Pine Animal Sanctuary, as well as a tour of Brisbane City Hall and the Museum of Brisbane.
They also engaged with CQU chiropractic alumni, attended a Chiropractic Australia Webinar, and even acted as mock patients for assessments completed by fourth-year CQU students.
Other activities included completing CQU’s BeDifferent First Nations Cultural Competency for Students: It starts with Understanding micro-credential course and speaking to CQU students about cultural considerations in the Malaysian healthcare setting.
Dawn said in the future, CQU will look to apply for New Colombo Plan grant funding for CQU students to travel to IMU for a study tour and look to identify potential student exchange opportunities for a semester abroad.
IMU Chiropractic Programme Director Wong Yi Kai said the primary purpose of the student mobility visit was to provide IMU students with an enriching experience of cross-cultural learning, giving them the chance to be immersed in diverse educational settings and gain perspectives that transcend their regular classroom environment.
"The collaboration between CQU and IMU is emblematic of what global academic partnerships should be: a symbiotic relationship that enhances the educational experience for students, fostering cross-cultural understanding and mutual growth,” they said.
“The student mobility visit serves as an important avenue for this, creating lasting memories and lessons that our students will carry with them for a lifetime."