Dean Thompson: As an Education Hub, Johor has Shown Tremendous Innovation

(L-R) Dr Sivakumar of Monash Malaysia, DCM Dean Thompson, US Embassy, Assoc Prof Nor Azim, Monash Malaysia and Sona Ramesh, Economic Officer, US Embassy
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U.S Embassy officials visit Johor to engage with education leaders and students

The state had recently played host to diplomats from the United States Embassy in Kuala Lumpur who had travelled here to meet with the U.S. companies and discuss the region’s economy and engage with the local education leaders and students on the inaugural visit of Deputy Chief of Mission Dean Thompson.

Having recently arrived in Malaysia, Thompson visited the Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences at the Clinical School Johor Bahru (CSJB), Monash University Malaysia and had met with the faculty to learn about their areas of research and collaboration with U.S. universities.

A highlight was the dengue fever research project, a joint collaboration between CSJB and the Ministry of Health Malaysia and the U.S. Naval Medical Research Centre, based in Singapore.

The project which is expected to commence in January 2018, is looking into the comparison of rapid diagnostic tests performed at the clinic with the confirmatory Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) analysis at the CSJB laboratory. It also aims to identify the causes of dengue-like illnesses such as Chikugunya, Zika, Leptospirosis, Japanese Encephalitis and Influenza.

“I’ve been eager to visit Johor since arriving a few months ago,” said Thompson.

“The state’s booming economic growth, beginning with Iskandar Malaysia provides a great opportunity to promote trade and as an education hub, Johor has shown tremendous innovation with their schools at all levels of learning,” he added.