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Halloween is a spooktacular success at NUMed

Halloween is a spooktacular success at NUMed

Doctors are usually well prepared to deal with the unfamiliar, but a group of medical students were given the fright of their lives recently when they were joined on campus by hundreds of pumpkins, zombies and ghosts for Halloween.

 Over 250 students and professors got involved in the Halloween Festival which was hosted on the EduCity campus. They were trick-or-treated to a variety of spooky activities including mazes, foodstalls, games, a haunted house and a highly anticipated zombie run

The Zombie Run, an initiative of the NUMed Student Association (SA), was 5km of fun to raise money for charity. Maps in hand, over 100 students, set off, exercising caution when they came across “Warning: Zombies” signs. Navigating themselves around five Zombie territories in order to complete the race, the participants had to evade the Zombie students and professors. There were 110 ‘Survivors’ who managed to finish the race and protect their tags from the Zombies. Those who were not so lucky became Zombies themselves.

The inspiration behind the Zombie Run was the annual NUMed Run which aims toraise health awareness in the students.  Burhan Mahmood, President of the NUMed SA, explained that “This year we wanted to add a twist to the health awareness campaign so by combining it with Halloween we decided to make it into a Zombie Run. Themed runs have been very popular so we thought it would be fun for the students. We were right! The feedback we received from all made us so proud! It was also our first collaboration with other universities in Educity! Definitely looking forward to more collaborations to come!"

The fun did not stop at the 5km mark.  After the race as there was the opportunity to experience the rest of EduCity Halloween festival. As music blared out across EduCity, visitors cautiously approached haunted houses and mazes. The Educity Halloween Festival was the first ever collaboration in Educity between Southampton University, Reading University and NUMed  and it turned out to be aspooktacular success.

Professor Reg Jordan, CEO and Provost of NUMed said: “I am pleased to see the EduCity campus come together like this and I am very proud of our students’ continued efforts strengthening the community spirit. It means that our students are contributing to the community and learning important lessons while they do it. Being a doctor requires good communication skills and being a team player, which you can’t learn from a text book. This was a truly valuable exercise for the students.” 

The NUMed Student Association was the brains behind the Zombie Run, adding another successful event to its 2015 to join the likes of the NUMed annual ball and the NUMed games, to name a few. The NUMed games gained national recognition as the the first multi-sports event held in NUMed’s state-of-art Sports Complex, which included varsity teams from across Malaysia. NUMed host events throughout the year in order to help enrich the life of the undergraduates. It ensures all students enjoy a vibrant, sporting and cultural offering to complement the high quality education provided.


About NUMed

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