The Indigenous Medical Education Unit of Institute of Indigenous Medicine (IIM), University of Colombo was established on 06 th October 2022 with the vision to be a center of excellence in Ayurveda/ Unani medical education to enrich indigenous medical system through excellence in education, research and faculty development and the mission to produce competent graduates and teachers to the challenging world by enhancing human potentials for the benefit of society. IMEU was established fulfilling the seventh Goal of Ensuring good administration and sustainability under the strategy of training existing staff as competent and high caliber individuals in their relevant working areas (Action Plan – 2022). This is the first Medical Education Unit for the system of indigenous medicine in Sri Lanka.
IMEU plays a major role in curriculum development by developing the curriculum and providing academic support if any problem arises in the curriculum of the IIM, University of Colombo, Rajagiriya. It implements tailor-made programs for Ayurveda and Unani medical education and conducts staff development training programs and other educational programs including staff orientation programs, capacity building programs and workshops for curriculum development and evaluation, teaching and learning, assessment, blended learning, online teaching methods, and educational research preventing plagiarism with the scope of faculty development. Conducting generic research, research on a particular problem and mediating research related to medical education is the third scope of IMEU.
The IMEU provides local, regional and international recognition and support to the institute to achieve the standards recommended in program review increasing the self-sustainability by adopting pharmaceutical market, research projects, eco-tourism etc. and professional development creating new safe career and educational opportunities for the staff and facilitate students’ future learning facing the challenging world.