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"Despite the modern approach to health, every symptom has a cause and it is the cause that needs treating not the symptom."

Diana Mossop

Open International University of Complementary Medicine

The Open International University for Complementary Medicines OIUCM was formed in 1962 consistent with the policy objectives of the World Health Organization.


In 1962 The WHO and UNICEF sponsored an International Conference in USSR at Alma Ata, at the University of Khazakstan.

At this conference the Alma Ata Declaration defined a global strategy for public health and preventative medicine, which was named "Health For All By 2000 A.D." The aim of the strategy is to use all available healing methods both orthodox and traditional to achieve this end goal.

The Open International University was formed as an international society under the guidelines of The World Health Organization, and registered under the legal enactments of USSR in Alma Ata in 1962. Initially the membership was limited to the 46 International delegates present at this initial meeting.

The first Chairman was Prof. V. Inyushin of the Department of Biophysics of the University of Khazakstan in USSR. The co-chairman was Prof. Dr. Jos Schade, the celebrated neurologist from Holland.

Here is a quick summary of the aims of the Open International University for Complementary Medicines:

  1. To advance the scientific study and professional practice of medicine. Encouraging its development through promoting research, living high standards of professional ethics, competence, conduct, education, qualification and achievement among practitioners.
  2. To carry out the promotion and the dissemination of knowledge and philosophy of medicines through local and International meetings, lectures, seminars, workshops, reports, papers, discussions, publications and professional contacts.
  3. To encourage a wide interest amongst the public of medicines and all ancillary areas of medical knowledge and practice. This mandate has now been conferred to the Senate of The Open International University.

Since about 1980 "The Open International University for Complementary Medicines Colombo" has been based in Sri Lanka Ceylon under the Chairmanship of Prof. Dr. Sir Anton Jayasuriya.

To date over 29,000 students from 120 countries have been taught complementary medicine through the Open International University for Complementary Medicine.

In 1988 the Open International University for Complementary Medicine became recognised as a privately funded body. The Institute does not get any funding from The University Grants Commission and is a privately funded seat of postgraduate studies. It is therefore, not listed under the University grants commission.

His Excellency J. R. Jayewardene, former President of Sri Lanka, kindly consented in August 1989 to be the Honorary Patron of this University. Prof. Dr. Sir Stanley Cook is the International Chancellor. Eardly Perera Esqr, President's Counsel, is the chief legal advisor.

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