Management & Science University (MSU) launched its Congress of Optometry and Vision Research (COVR) 2019 to the theme of “Current Outlook on Visual Rehabilitation”.
Designed to encourage inter-professional education among MSU students and future graduates, COVR 2019 is a sharing platform facilitating intellectual exchange of scientific knowledge, ideas, practices, and findings of research into visual rehabilitation.
Initiated from the MSU Optometry and Vision Science Exhibition and Seminar (MOVES) series organized by the Department of Optometry and Vision Science (DOVS), COVR 2019 supports UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) with efforts focused on health, wellbeing, and quality education.
Welcoming participants and officiating the launch of COVR 2019 was MSU President, Professor Tan Sri Dato’ Wira Dr Mohd Shukri Ab Yajid.
"The COVR 2019 theme very much relates to and jives well with MSU’s blindness prevention project. COVR is an opportunity for the discovery as well as the synthesis of new knowledge across multidisciplinary areas of research. Encouraging contribution to knowledge through the culture of research in a creative learning experience, COVR is a part of MSU’s continuous effort in creating multidisciplinary students and graduates.”
Participants besides the Ministry of Health Malaysia and MSU included King Fahad Medical City Riyadh, optometry schools from Indonesia and the Philippines, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, and Universiti Islam Antarabangsa.
Plenary guest speakers included Professor Christine Dickinson from the University of Manchester, Hasan Minto from Brien Holden Vision Institute Pakistan, Professor Datuk Dr Rokiah Omar from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, and Dr Duratul Ain Husin from Hospital Kuala Lumpur.
COVR's thirty-two presentations comprised 8 oral presentations and 24 poster presentations.
MSU's partners of industry supported COVR 2019 with exhibits and product displays.
Co-organizing MSU's COVR 2019 was the Low Vision and Visual Rehabilitation Committee from the Ministry of Health Malaysia.
MSU inked MoUs on optometry and vision sciences with the Ministry of Health Malaysia, Manila Central University, Centro Escolar University, and Sekolah Tinggi Ilmu Kesehatan Medan.
A new collaboration of Schools and Students Optometry Network of ASEAN (SSONA) was announced to foster collaboration among ASEAN optometry schools and students. SSONA has educational programmes, leadership training, research, and community engagement projects in sight.
Present at the launch of MSU COVR 2019 were Ministry of Health Director of Allied Health Sciences Division Hajah Che Ruhani Che Jaafar, Vice President of MSU's Medical and Health Sciences Cluster Professor Dr Nabishah Mohamad, as well as deans of MSU's International Medical School, School of Pharmacy, and Faculty of Health and Life Sciences.