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Introducing the our New Principal, Professor Dr. Debra Sim

Professor Dr Debra Sim holds a PhD in Pharmacology from the University of Liverpool, United Kingdom (UK) . She has been lecturing in the Medical Faculty of University Malaya since 1984 and as a Professor from 2006 until her recent retirement in 2017. She is currently an honorary professor supervising some Master’s students.

Prof. Debra Sim has received much recognition for her work that she is listed in the World Who is Who list in Medicine and Healthcare, USA 2006-2007 and Asian/American Who’s Who, Vol. IV, 2004 India. She was the Recipient of the ‘Best Lecturer’ award in the Paraclinical/Year II category from the Medical Society, University of Malaya, in 1986, 1989, 1991 and 1994; and from the Dental Society, University of Malaya, in 1989 and 1994. She is the Recipient of the Excellent Service Award for the year 2000, 2002 and 2009, and the Excellent Service Certificate for the year 2004 and 2005 at the University of Malaya.

From the World Bank Fellowship, she was awarded a one month’s study-visit on Problem-based Learning in the University of New Mexico, United States of America, from 1983 till 2019.Prof Sim has published at least 73 full articles in peer-reviewed academic journals , of which 26 is in medical education . She has contributed in various book Chapters published with 4 in Education and 9 in Health Sciences. She is the co-editor of one book in Pharmacology . She wrote and created the Training manuals and guidebooks for students and staff on problem-based learning (PBL) and prescribing skills .

Her motto at work is : "The sky is the limit for my learning. Professionalism is the goal of my service; Integrity is the guiding principle in my research. The rest I leave it in the hands of the Almighty, All-Knowing and All-Loving God."

Prof Dr Sim shared : "Knowing the answer to a question or the solution to a problem is not the ultimate goal in studying. My goal in studying is to explore the many different paths to arrive at the answer or solution, which means understanding the processes of problem resolution and then to decide on which is the best."

Despite the fact that Prof Sim is in high demand even among the colleges of higher learning and among the corporate world to train their staff , she has chosen to come back to Tawau, her hometown , more as a calling to contribute and impact the life of younger generation. She has great plans in store to bring Charis students and staff to the next level of creative and critical thinking through specially planned activities and workshops. She wants to promote a thinking culture in Charis.

Her joining Charis will mark another milestone in the continuous growth and development of Charis towards becoming a 21st century school of excellence. Dr Debra is no stranger in Charis as she has conducted a ‘ Thinking About Thinking’ workshop as well as visited Charis on several occasions. Students and staff have enjoyed and benefitted from the workshop. She is very passionate about training students to be critical and creative thinkers over rote learners. This is very much in line with our Cambridge curriculum to prepare our students to be global learners in a borderless world of knowledge explosion and rapid technological advances.

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