Department of Psychology launched

Celebrating the success of the Department of Psychology after the introduction of its first program in 2007.

After almost 10 years of being a discipline within the Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences, the Department of Psychology at Monash Malaysia was launched.

“We want to be a leading provider of education in psychology and professional counselling, with a high quality learning environment that will make a positive contribution to the growth of the country, the region and globally,” said Associate Professor Shamsul Haque, the Head of Department  of Psychology.

“The three strategic priorities we have is to be excellent in teaching, to be involved in world-class research, and to establish better engagement with the industry,” he continued. In his speech, he also briefly presented the chronological events that took place since the Psychology Honours  Program was first introduced in 2007.

Officiating the launch, on 27 April, were Monash University Malaysia President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Helen Bartlett together with Associate Professor Shamsul Haque. Also present were Professor Mohamed Shajahan Bin Mohamed Yasin, Interim Head for the Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health  Sciences, Professor Martin Conway, a visiting guest speaker, and Head of Psychology at City University London, academic and non-academic staff, and students.

Prof Bartlett, in her speech, stressed the importance of this launch as a servitude to the community. “Why are we doing this? Why is it important? Because it is a health priority, as it is identified by the Malaysian government. This university has been established in Malaysia for 18 years. It  is our responsibility to respond to the needs of the community, nation and region, as well as to build the professions of the future, such as this one.”

In conjunction with the launch, Prof Conway presented a lecture entitled ‘Psychology Past, Present and Future: A Personal Perspective from a Memory Researcher’ highlighting big names from the field of psychology. Guests were also invited to a department tour as well as participate in some  activities prepared.