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Agreement with the Faculty of Medicine and the Sports Centre, University of Malaya

Signed in 2008, the Memorandum of Understanding creates an alliance between the University of Sydney's Faculty of Health Sciences and the Faculty of Medicine and the Sports Centre, University of Malaya. A further Agreement of Research Co-operation was signed by both institutions in 2008 to broaden and deepen the mutual scientific and pedagogical relations and co-operation in the interest of contributing to the development of research and higher education. The agreement also allows for cotutelle arrangements for students from the University of Malaya.

Collaboration with the Advanced Medical and Dental Institute, University Sains Malaysia

University of Malaya

University of Malaya

In the latter part of 2011, a Sports Science symposium was organized and chaired by Dr. Ahmed Munir Che Mohammad from the Advanced Medical and Dental Institute, University Sains Malaysia (USM) with key contributions from USM, the University of Sydney and the University of Queensland. The symposium consisted of approximately 70 talks with seven of those delivered by the University of Sydney Health Sciences delegation, Professor Kathryn Refshauge, Dean; Professor Patrick Brennan, Associate Dean, International; Associate Professor Martin Thompson, Exercise, Health and Performance; and Dr Helen O’Connor, Lecturer, Exercise and Sport Science.

The team from USM are scheduled to visit the Faculty in October 2012 and February 2013 to sign the cotutelle arrangement and discuss future research activity.

Dr Nazirah Hasnan - PhD recipient

Nazirah Hasnan

Dr Nazirah Hasnan

Dr Nazirah binti Hasnan officially passed her PhD Oral Defence at the University of Malaya’s Faculty of Medicine on 22 November 2013. Dr Hasnan’s PhD topic was “Physical Activity in Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury: Exercise and Technologies for Health Promotion”. Her PhD Supervisors were Professor Glen Davis (Exercise and Sports Science, Faculty of Health Sciences), Professor Ruby Husain (Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya), and A/Professor James Middleton (Faculty of Medicine, University of Sydney).

Dr Hasnan is the second University of Sydney-Universiti of Malaya Cotutelle Agreement student to complete a PhD at the joint institutions in 2013, and she will present for convocation during March 2014. Individuals who may be interested in Cotutelle Agreement PhD students, should contact Professor Patrick Brennan, Associate Dean International Development.

Marilyn Li Yin Ong - PhD candidate

Marilyn Ong

Marilyn Li Yin Ong

I am currently in the process of completing a PhD, looking at the immune and thermoregulatory responses in exercise in the heat. I am satisfied that as the study has progressed, the answers to the questions are unravelling. Hopefully my study will give us a better understanding of exercise performance and lead to minimising risk to heat related injuries.

I was working with the National Sports Institute of Malaysia before taking up my PhD candidature. It was there that Prof Martin Thompson, who is now my supervisor encouraged me to take up further research in an academic setting. I am glad about returning to university and reliving the best days of being a student!

I have enjoyed being able to utilise the climate chamber facility to work with runners and triathletes (who were all my research volunteers) and seeing their performance improve overtime, after I provided them with physiological data for their training purposes.


Marilyn was awarded a Malaysian Government scholarship, by the Science University of Malaysia, Penang.

Hui Yin Ler - PhD candidate, Exercise and Sports Science

Hui Yin Ler

Hui Yin Ler

Whilst undertaking my research I learnt a lot about the process of conducting research and biochemistry analysis.

I got a sponsorship for my PhD study from my employer. I have now returned to Malaysia where I am working as a lecturer: Lecturing and conducting research are my main responsibilities. I enjoy being able to transfer my knowledge to students, at the same time applying what I have learnt and experience in my research.