Indonesia – In responding to the emerging health issues in global society, which is in line with the Indonesian Government’s Strategic Map to achieve the vision of 2019, Faculty of Medicine Universitas Indonesia (FKUI), as a leading institution in medical education, believes that the solution is a need for a medical transdisciplinary education and research. Therefore, UI has established Indonesian Medical Education and Research Institute (IMERI) as the first institute of medical education and research in Indonesia with a vision of “Creating better healthcare and quality of life through disruptive innovation in medical education and research”.
IMERI was officially launched on April 2017 by the vice president of Republic of Indonesia, Mr Jusuf Kalla. Its development is supported by the Indonesian Ministry of Research and Technology (Kemristekdikti) and the president of ISDB (Islamic Development Bank), who funded the development of IMERI as a commitment to increase quality of medical education and health services in Indonesia.
The IMERI’s building consists of two towers: Tower A (Research) and Tower B (Education) which cover 12 research clusters, two education clusters, three research cluster facilities and three education research facilities. IMERI has four supporting units, including Diagnostic and Research Center (DIARC), Clinical Research (CR), Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Knowledge Center (Digital Library).
Currently, IMERI is managed as an independent unit under FKUI and will be expected to be a revenue centre. Therefore, each cluster has significant market positioning functional units which are supported by renowned expert and high-end technology and facilities. The research cluster has several distinguished units such as Human Genetic Research Center (HGRC), Human Cancer Research Center (HCRC), and Human Reproductive, Stem Cells and Tissue Engineering Research Cluster (SCTE-RC), Drug Development Research Center (DD) and Infectious Disease, and Immunology Research Center. A unique learning and education place in health and medical sciences for society is also created by IMERI through Indonesia Museum of Health and Medicine (iMuseum). It is the first museum in Indonesia that provides not only the history of medical education in Indonesia but also an interactive learning tool to study medicine through collection of medical specimen (e.g. human anatomy and anatomical pathology specimens) and latest technology (3D anatomy table and virtual human body).
Nevertheless, more collaborative and synergetic efforts are needed to improve the health outcomes in the global society, including Indonesia. IMERI is the place for medical experts in Indonesia to have an infinite experience, excellence and innovation in education and research with cooperation with internationally distinguished experts. IMERI is calling for collaboration and support from all scientists, clinicians and industries from all disciplines to work and immerse themselves in this excellent environment, and is expected to be the solution for the country to have higher independence globally in medicine and increased expectation for a better health service quality.