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Monday, May 11, 2009

British varsity to make Iskandar leading hub

BRITAIN’S Newcastle University Medicine (NUMed) wants to position Iskandar Malaysia as one of the leading higher educational hubs in the region.

Prof Reginald Jordan answers questions from reporters after announcing the enrolment of the first intake of the university’s students at Danga Bay in Johor. - Bernama

NUMed Malaysia Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Professor Reginald Jordan s aid its first international branch campus in Johor would be the main catalyst to promote the state as the preferred destination for medical studies.

He said N UMed had received an overwhelming response from international an d local students since announcing the opening of its Johor campus five months ago.

“So far, we have received over 200 enquiries to study at our branch campus in Mal aysia, ” Jordan told a press conference last week.

He said the enquiries came from Malaysia and foreign count ries such as Egypt, India, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Europe and the US.

The RM300mil campus on a 5.26ha site in EduCity is currently under construction in Nusajaya, which is one of the five flagship development zones in Iskandar Malaysia, and scheduled for completi on in May 2011.

Jordan said before the Johor campus was ready, the first two NUMed Malaysia cohorts of 40 students each would undertake the first two years of the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) prog rammes in Newcastle.

He said they would return to Malaysia to complete the third, fourth and fifth years in Johor and, subsequently, from 2011, all five years of the MBBS programme would be established and delivered at the Nusajaya campus.

“Our target is to enroll 185 students yearly from all over the world at NUMed Malaysia by 2013 and, by then, it will have 130 t eaching staff,” said Jordan.

He said by choosing to study at NUMed Malaysia, students would obtain a reputable British medical qualification from an internationally recognised university a t a significantly less costs compared with a five-year medical degree programme in Britain.

Jordan said that about 700 doctors practising in Kuala Lumpur and 7,000 others in the region now were graduates from the university.

The university’s School of Medicine and Surgery was established in the city of Newcastle upon Tyne in 1834 and medicine at the university is currently ranked fourth in the Times Good University Guide 2009.

By The Star (by Zazali Musa)

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