High flyers awarded at Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia
Pursuing any degree requires an element of dedication and hard work. While there are plenty of opportunities to have fun at university and develop important skills outside of work, there are also needs to be an underlying commitment to the work. This is particularly true for those studying to become doctors.
At a recent ceremony, those pursuing degrees in Medicine (MB BS) and Biomedical Sciences (BSc) at Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia (NUMed) were informed that their hard work had been recognised. NUMed’s Senior lecturers, Fellow Lecturers, Vice Chancellor Professor Chris Brink and Dean of Academic affairs Dr Kenneth McKeegan joined NUMed students from across the years.
“I was absolutely thrilled and a little bit surprised when I heard my name called out. It was a wonderful experience to have my hard work recognised by the Vice Chancellor and received the award personally from him!” commented Lim Sheng Zheng, Second Year Medical Student and winner of the Vice Chancellor Merit Award.
Lim Sheng Zheng was among the 10 in his year to be awarded the Vice Chancellor Merit Award. The award is given to the top performing MBBS and BSc students in each year. The award is equivalent in value to 10% of the annual NUMed fees and is held by the winners for one year. The award was founded with the aim encouraging students to perform consistently well as they need to keep up their achievements to win it year after year.
“At NUMed we strive for excellence among our students to ensure that our graduates are among the best in class. Awards are an important way to not only recognise the hard work being put in by students, but also to motivate them to keep improving” said Roger Barton, CEO and Provost of NUMed.
In addition, the top performing MBBS student from each stage was awarded the TM Teoh Prize. The winners are recommended by the Board of Examiners that identifies the undergraduate with the highest marks. A monetary prize is included as part of the reward for the students’ academic excellence. Taken from the fund donated to NUMed by TM Teoh, each winner from Stages 1 to 4 receives 250 ringgit.
This year’s Stage 5 TM Teoh prize, awarded to the best performing student in their final exams, went to Teh Jin Zhe. As the winner of the Stage 5 TM Teoh prize, Jin Zhe, received 500 ringgit. The TM Teoh Prizes were handed out by Dr Robert Teoh himself.
The award was initiated with the aim of encouraging students to perform consistently well as they need to keep up their achievements to win it year after year.
“The ceremony also provided a further platform to mingle with my class mates and students in other years. I even got a group photo with Professor Chris Brink and Dr Kenneth McKeegan!” added Lim Sheng Zheng.
The winner of the NUMed Prize was also announced at the ceremony. The prize is awarded to the student who achieves the overall highest mark among the Biomedical Sciences first year students. Jia Lin Tan had barely sat down after receiving her Vice Chancellor Merit award before she was called up on stage on again, being presented with the prize by Newcastle University’s Head of Biomedical Sciences, Dr Debbie Bevitt.
“I had worked extremely hard so I had a feeling I would win a merit award but I was so happy when my name was called out for the NUMed prize. It was the best way to end a wonderful first year at NUMed. I have learnt a lot and my life on campus has been enriched by the societies I have been a part of. I would like to thank NUMed for such a wonderful year and I’m looking forward to the next three!” commented Tan Jia Lin
Away from exams, NUMed is known for enriching life outside of academic work. The Medicine teaching faculty prides itself on offering a truly rounded medical degree that provides technical and practical skills required to reach the top of the medical profession.
The NUMed student association coordinates and finances co-curricular activities and entertainment. Since its establishment, more than 20 new student societies, clubs and organisations have been set up and are flourishing.
NUMed’s diverse student population is reflected by the wide range of ethnic and social societies available. Event highlights include a Winter Ball, a Deepavali night and a Talent night. All of which have provided the students with exposure to a mix of cultures as well as the opportunity to socialise across different cohorts.
In fact, the Student Association actively encourages students to form friendships, and as such a ‘peer-parenting’ system is operated at NUMed whereby every new student is attached to a ‘family’ of senior students who provide an instant social network. They are also available to offer advice and guidance as an alternative to the pastoral support provided by the student’s personal tutor.
In order to deliver a truly rounded education and to ensure students develop all necessary skills, NUMed students also have the opportunity to be involved in community care initiatives. These activities teach the real-life dynamics and complexities of society, as well as the theory that education and prevention is just as important as treatment and care.
Newcastle University UK, has established an international branch campus in Johor, Malaysia to provide its undergraduate degrees in Medicine (MB BS) and the Biomedical Sciences (BSc). Both programmes offer opportunities for periods of study in the UK. A one year Foundation Certificate in Biological and Biomedical Sciences is also available, the successful completion of which will lead to progression to the MB BS or BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences programme. All programmes of study are equivalent to those of Newcastle’s UK-based provision, and lead to the award of the same degrees. By choosing to study at NUMed Malaysia, students will obtain a reputable UK qualification, from an internationally recognized university, at a cost significantly less than that of studying in the UK.
published on: 18 May 2017