Management & Science University (MSU) launched the Congress of Optometry and Vision Research (COVR 2019) with the theme chosen “Current Outlook on Visual Rehabilitation”.
As a sharing platform facilitating intellectual exchange of scientific knowledge, ideas, practices, and findings from research in visual rehabilitation, COVR 2019 is designed to encourage interprofessional education among students and future graduates.
MSU President, Professor Tan Sri Dato’ Wira Dr Mohd Shukri Ab Yajid welcomed participants to the conference.
“The theme is very much related and jive well with MSU’s prevention of blindness project that focuses on prevention of sight as a flagship university programme in promoting the prevention of blindness issues.
Encouraging contribution to knowledge through the culture of research in a creative learning experience, COVR 2019 is an opportunity for the discovery as well as synthesis of new knowledge across multidisciplinary and research areas.
“This is also part of MSU’s continuous effort in cultivating interprofessional education across faculties which is aimed to create multidisciplinary students and graduates.”
Co-organizer of COVR 2019 is the Ministry of Health Malaysia through its Low Vision and Visual Rehabilitation Committee.
A total of 32 presentations are involved which comprises of eight oral presentations and 24 poster presentations.
Participants were from MSU, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Universiti Islam Antarabangsa, Ministry of Health Malaysia, King Fahad Medical City Riyadh and three optometry schools from Indonesia and Philippines.
COVR 2019 is initiated from a series of MSU’s Optometry and Vision Science Exhibition and Seminar (MOVES) which were previously organized by the Department of Optometry and Vision Science (DOVS). In support of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), the efforts are focused towards good health, wellbeing and quality education.
Plenary guest speakers included Professor Christine Dickinson from University of Manchester, Professor Datuk Dr Rokiah Omar from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Hasan Minto from Brien Holden Vision Institute Pakistan and Dr Duratul Ain Husin from Hospital Kuala Lumpur.
As part of the launching agenda, Schools and Students Optometry Network of ASEAN or SSONA was announced as a platform to foster a collaboration effort among optometry schools and students in ASEAN. The collaboration will cover educational programme, leadership training, research and community engagement projects.
MSU also has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the area of optometry and vision sciences with the Ministry of Health Malaysia, Manila Central University, Centro Escolar University and Sekolah Tinggi Ilmu Kesehatan Medan.
Invited industries also supported the congress through showcase of exhibits and product presentations.
Present as well were the Vice President of Medical and Health Sciences Cluster Professor Dr Nabishah Mohamad, Director of Allied Health Sciences Division Ministry of Health Hajah Che Ruhani Che Jaafar, the deans of MSU Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, International Medical School and School of Pharmacy.