Eye-open­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for med stu­dents

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WHEN sec­ond-year med­i­cal stu­dent Zee Yong took his first trip to the United King­dom, he im­me­di­ately felt at home.

De­spite be­ing 10,000km from Malaysia, his new sur­round­ings felt very fa­mil­iar.

The build­ings looked the same and the people were just as friendly. It could al­most be said that Zee Yong had found his home away from home.

Zee Yong had been selected from a num­ber of stu­dents at New­cas­tle Univer­sity Medicine Malaysia (NUMed) to spend the sum­mer at New­cas­tle Univer­sity, the par­ent univer­sity in the UK, and he was quick to dis­cover that the only thing sep­a­rat­ing the two cam­puses is ge­o­graph­i­cal dis­tance.

Ever since the Bri­tish univer­sity opened a branch cam­pus for medicine in Jo­hor in 2009, NUMed stu­dents have been of­fered the op­por­tu­nity to study for short pe­ri­ods in the UK – and al­most all take ad­van­tage of it.

Sim­i­lar­i­ties from the de­sign of the cam­pus to the style of teach­ing help the stu­dents adapt quickly to life in the UK, which max­imises the time they have to ben­e­fit from the ex­pe­ri­ence. This was the case for Zee Yong.

The main pur­pose of his 10-week trip was to carry out a spe­cial re­search project to study how the brain re­sponds to the melody of speech.

It was a project which re­quired him to col­lab­o­rate with New­cas­tle Univer­sity stu­dents of all na­tion­al­i­ties.

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