Newcastle University Medicine (NUMed) Malaysia opens enrolment for first intake

Press Release

Johor Bahru, Tuesday, 5 May 2009: NUMed Malaysia is pleased to announce that it has opened enrolment for the first intake to study at its campus at EduCity @ Iskandar.

Eventually accommodating 900 students, the NUMed campus will offer the Newcastle University degrees MBBS.  The five-year programme of study will be identical to that taught in Newcastle, and the cost will be significantly less than that charged for studying in the UK.

The initial cohort for the NUMed campus, for which only 40 places are available, will undertake the first two years of the MBBS programme at the Medical School in Newcastle University in UK, while a world-class permanent branch campus is being constructed in Iskandar Malaysia. The first cohort will then return to Malaysia in 2011 to complete years 3 – 5 of clinical education.

To select the best students for the first intake, Professor Reginald Jordan, CEO of Newcastle Medicine Malaysia Sdn Bhd, will be in Malaysia until July to interview the candidates.

“Since the signing between Iskandar Investment Berhad and Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia (NUMed), five months ago, the campus construction has commenced and is ahead of schedule,” said Professor Jordan.

“With this pace of development, we are confident that the Iskandar campus will be ready as planned in 2011,” he added.

"Our new campus here in Malaysia will widen access to affordable UK education, extend Newcastle's global footprint and help to meet the university's mission to translate the outcomes of its academic endeavours for the benefit of society," he told reporters at a press conference held here today.

According to NUMed Malaysia, since the announcement of the University opening its branch in Iskandar Malaysia, it has received an overwhelming response from students internationally and locally.

“We have received over 200 enquiries to study at NUMed Malaysia specifically since the news of the Malaysia campus was announced,” said Professor Jordan.

Medicine at Newcastle is currently ranked fourth in the Times Good University Guide 2009 and in the National Student Satisfaction Survey 2008, the Newcastle University was recognized for its excellence in teaching provision.

Students who are interested to enroll and study at the first UK medical school in Iskandar Malaysia are welcome to file their applications.

NUMed will also offer excellent employment opportunities for the region and anyone interested in working for NUMed Malaysia, is encouraged to get in touch.

published on: 5th May 2009