Newcastle was the first UK university to establish a fully owned international branch campus for medicine and biomedical sciences in Malaysia.
NUMed was established in 2009 in ‘EduCity’ Nusajaya, Johor. The campus has the capacity to train 1,000 medics to support the nation’s health service and the needs of the wider Asian region.
The first cohort of students graduated in 2014 with a UK Primary Medical Qualification recognised by both the UK General Medical Council and Malaysian Medical Council.
Professor Reg Jordan, Provost and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NUMed Malaysia, said: “We are proud that these students will be among the very best prepared young doctors of their generation and we are sure that these doctors will be a great credit to themselves, to Newcastle University and indeed the medical profession.”
Among the first group of junior doctors to graduate from NUMed was 24-year-old Chow Paik Hwa from Kuala Lumpur, whose main motivation for becoming a doctor is to make a positive difference to people’s lives.
“Being a doctor is the way I can and want to do some good in the world,” she said. “The nobility of the profession is its main attraction and I believe it is a job I will only like more and more over time.”