JCI News Dato Sri’ Edmund Santhara Ramanaidu of Malaysia selected as one of the 2011 JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World
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For his extraordinary work in the development of higher education and training of healthcare professionals using strong leadership and innovative educational strategies, Dato Sri’ Edmund Santhara Ramanaidu of Malaysia was named a 2011 JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World (JCI TOYP) recipient in the category of business, economic and/or entrepreneurial accomplishment. Growing up from tough and humble beginnings, Santhara stands firm by these mottos: “To stand out, one needs to be tough” and “Failure is not an option.” When first introduced to Masterskill School of Nursing & Health in 2004, he realized the worldwide shortage of healthcare personnel and accepted the challenge to turn the existing nursing school into a college. Through his hard work and visionary leadership, he quickly became the Chief Executive Officer and worked diligently to transform Masterskill from a college to a university, offering Medical Studies and a wide range of programs from Foundation all the way to Doctorate in Healthcare. He also revolutionized the healthcare education system in Malaysia by negotiating arrangements for in-hospital training by signing a Memorandum of Agreement with the government of Malaysia to provide clinical placements and training for all of his students. With Santhara’s dedication and energized corporate culture, Masterskill has been renamed the Masterskill University College of Health Sciences. The student population increased from 200 to more than 18,000 across six Masterskill campuses throughout Malaysia. For his work with Masterskill, he was awarded the 2008 JCI Creative Young Entrepreneur Award at the JCI World Congress in New Delhi, India. Santhara has also been a member of JCI Malaysia since 2008. His creative ideas and perseverance turned a mere vision into a prosperous reality for healthcare education. JCI TOYP JCI (Junior Chamber International) honors ten outstanding young people under the age of 40 each year. These individuals exemplify the spirit of the JCI Mission and provide extraordinary service to their communities. Whether through service, innovation, determination or revolutionary thinking, these young active citizens create positive impacts in their communities. These ten young active citizens will be honored at the 2011 JCI TOYP Ceremony and reception Wednesday, November 2 at the JCI World Congress in Brussels, Belgium. About JCI: JCI is a worldwide membership-based nonprofit organization of young active citizens ages 18 to 40 who are dedicated to creating positive change in their communities. Through projects in more than 5,000 communities across more than 100 countries, members seek targeted solutions to local problems, creating a global impact. Visit www.jci.cc to learn more. Contact: Krissy Durant, Programs Manager, JCI (Junior Chamber International) programs@jci.cc
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