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Think Global, Act Local


Since the beginning of time, diseases have crossed international borders freely. With the advancement in technology and altruistic awareness, medical schools, medical students and healthcare providers have also been crossing international borders. In light of the current worldwide pandemic, it is evident that global healthcare is needed now more than ever. There is a great need to import knowledge and technology for the advancement of local practitioners and medical students, which would, in turn, enforce the health and safety of their local citizens.

Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia (NUMed) is aware that increasing the international mobility of medical professionals allows for wider employment options, enables exposure to different health systems and provides opportunities for professional development. At the same time, it also advocates for the social accountability of medical education and prioritises local healthcare.

Social accountability is the obligation to direct their education, research and service activities towards addressing the priority health concerns of the community, region or nation they have a mandate to serve. - World Health Organization (WHO)

One of NUMed Malaysia’s goals is to provide globally-acclaimed programmes of medical education which are responsive to the changing needs of the Malaysian healthcare system, in order to attract and retain national and international students of the highest quality. NUMed offers a Foundation in Biological and Biomedical Sciences programme alongside its acclaimed undergraduate degrees in medicine and biomedical sciences, as well as opportunities for postgraduate study.

The Foundation programme is a 12-month pre-undergraduate programme for Malaysian students intending to pursue medicine, biological or biomedical sciences, or science at undergraduate level. Subsequently, those who successfully complete this programme as required will be offered a place on either the university’s Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) programme (subject to interview) or 2+1 BSc (Honours) Biomedical Sciences programme.

Equivalent to its UK counterpart, NUMed’s MBBS programme is recognised by both the General Medical Council, UK, and Malaysian Medical Council. While all five years of the programme are delivered in Malaysia, students will have opportunities to study up to 8 weeks at Newcastle University in the UK during their fourth year, or opt for an extra year in the UK for an intercalated research qualification at either Bachelors or Masters level.

The 2+1 BSc (Honours) Biomedical Sciences programme covers a diverse study of key areas such as biochemistry, genetics, physiology, microbiology, immunology and pharmacology. The first two years of the programme are conducted at the Malaysia campus and students will complete their third year at the UK campus, during which students will be placed at one of the highly regarded research institutes at Newcastle University for research-led teaching and an intensive research project. All programmes offered at NUMed are identical to those offered at Newcastle University, UK, and lead to the award of the same qualifications, but at significantly reduced costs.

NUMed also aims to establish an academic culture and environment which will lead to the recruitment and retention of high-calibre faculty and staff, and empower them in the pursuit of scholarship, the delivery of superior study programmes, and the production of excellent graduates properly prepared for the global health economy of the 21st century. Newcastle University comprises a world-leading collaboration of research scientists, medical doctors and teaching professionals. As such, students are able to reap the advantages of being taught and guided by a highly accomplished and experienced international faculty. Furthermore, NUMed’s faculty members are all required to obtain a Diploma in Medical Education, thus ensuring that they are well-equipped to optimally prepare aspiring healthcare professionals for their future careers. 

Adding to that, NUMed’s multinational research team works together across different disciplines to produce projects that address local needs.  Its research is centered on Medical Education, Applied Health Research and Cancer. NUMed’s research team currently has 10 researchers from the UK and Malaysia, and it collaborates with researchers from other higher education institutions and health care facilities locally and globally. NUMed has hosted PhD students and postdoctoral researches from both the UK and Malaysia, and aims to host more researchers in the near future. 

Whatever the goal is, the practice of global health begins wherever one puts their feet. NUMed Malaysia seeks to develop an inspiring environment which will engage students in an affordable, world-class medical education, irrespective of background. Experience the distinguished excellence of UK medical education on Malaysian shores now. To find out more about NUMed’s programmes, excellent facilities, and student life, visit 

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published on: 28 April 2020