Second graduation at NUMed
The second cohort of students pursuing the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree at Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia (NUMed) graduated this month.
The newly qualified doctors will hold a UK Primary Medical Qualification awarded by NUMed. They will be eligible for provisional registration with both the UK’s General Medical Council (GMC) and the Malaysian Medical Council (MMC). Following the completion of an approved pre-registration period, they will be eligible for full registration with both regulators.
NUMed offers the first GMC-approved overseas programme for provisionally registered doctors to convert to full registration.
Vice-Chancellor of Newcastle University, Professor Chris Brink, said “Newcastle University has a long-standing reputation for being one of the best places to study medicine, dentistry and health sciences, with our subjects consistently ranked top 200 in the world and top 20 in the UK. The students at our NUMed campus benefit from identical training to that provided in the UK.”
Professor Brink also used the occasion to remind the new graduates about the ethos of the University and how it strives for excellence and to contribute to civil society.
The graduation ceremony was attended by over 150 guests including YB Dato' Seri Idris bin Jusoh, Malaysia’s Minister of Higher Education and the Secretary General, Ministry of Higher Education, Prof Dato’ Dr Zaini bin Ujang who is an Alumnus of Newcastle University.
Newcastle was the first UK University to establish a fully-owned medical campus overseas. NUMed has XXXX students and XXX staff and is on its way to achieving its aim of becoming the leading South Asian centre of academic medicine – based upon Newcastle University’s acknowledged strength in medical and biomedical teaching and research. The state-of-the-art campus is helping to meet the nation’s aspiration to become an international education hub, and also in developing its human capital resource.
“Newcastle has succeeded already in achieving its primary purpose of providing transnational access to an affordable world-class UK medical education for a broad range of Malaysian and international students here in Malaysia” the Minister of Higher Education said during his welcome address.
Dato' Seri Idris opened the ceremony by congratulating the students, stating this was the moment “your endeavour has been justly recognized and rewarded by the conferment by Newcastle University of your medical qualifications”. The Minister reflected that the students would look back at their time at NUMed with “great pleasure and fondness – it is a period that not only gave you the opportunity to pursue your dream of a career in the noble profession of medicine, but also one which allowed you to grow and mature as a young person. One moment you are a student, the next a House Officer!”
Various awards were handed out at the ceremony, including the TM Teoh Award, given to the best student. This was handed out by Dr Robert Teoh himself, an alumnus of Newcastle University.
Provost and CEO, Professor Reg Jordan said “We are honoured to have such esteemed guests join us to celebrate such an important milestone for our graduating students. We are proud of our students and wish them all the very best in their future careers.”
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), and opportunities for postgraduate study. The 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. The undergraduate Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (MB BS) degrees were launched in 2009 and BSc degrees in the Biomedical Sciences were launched in 2013. Both programmes offer opportunities for periods of study in the UK.
published on: 12 April 2016