An ed­u­ca­tion at home and abroad

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MOV­ING abroad can be a tough and stress­ful ex­pe­ri­ence. The new en­vi­ron­ment is of­ten very dif­fer­ent and this can make set­tling in and adapt­ing to the sur­round­ings chal­leng­ing. Luck­ily for stu­dents in New­cas­tle Uni­ver­sity Medicine Malaysia (NUMed), this is not an is­sue.

Ever since the Bri­tish uni­ver­sity opened a branch-cam­pus for medicine in Jo­hor in 2009, NUMed stu­dents have been of­fered the op­por­tu­nity to study in the UK – many have taken ad­van­tage of it. Sim­i­lar­i­ties from cam­pus de­sign to the teach­ing style help the stu­dents adapt quickly to life in the UK, which max­imises the time they have to ben­e­fit from the ex­pe­ri­ence.

“I al­ways knew we shared the same syl­labus and learn­ing re­sources but it still sur­prised me just how many sim­i­lar­i­ties there are be­tween life in New­cas­tle Uni­ver­sity UK and NUMed,” third year Biomed­i­cal Sci­ences (BSc) stu­dent Aaron Tan com­mented.

“It al­lowed me to set­tle in eas­ier than I could have imag­ined.”

All those pur­su­ing a BSc de­gree at NUMed are of­fered the op­tion to un­der­take their third year at New­cas­tle UK.

“Aca­dem­i­cally, the Biomed­i­cal Sci­ences course struc­ture in NUMed is de­signed to be par­al­lel to that in the UK,” added Tan.

Apart from learn­ing the same course con­tent, Tan said he was as­sessed by the same ex­am­i­na­tions and as­sign­ments. It has also been made even eas­ier to set­tle as there are 12 stu­dents from his course at NUMed who went to New­cas­tle Uni­ver­sity UK within the same year.

It is not just the Biomed­i­cal Sci­ences stu­dents who have the op­por­tu­nity to study in New­cas­tle UK, those pur­su­ing a de­gree in Medicine (MBBS) have the op­por­tu­nity too.

Each year, a num­ber of NUMed med­i­cal stu­dents are se­lected to spend the sum­mer at New­cas­tle Uni­ver­sity UK to un­der­take a re­search pro­ject.

The spe­cial­ist projects al­low the stu­dents to col­lab­o­rate with a di­verse range of stu­dents and fac­ulty.

John Poon Jun Shang, MBBS stu­dent, who com­pleted a 10-week pro­ject in the UK said: “The time I spent work­ing with my coun­ter­parts in the UK made me re­alise the out­comes of study­ing at New­cas­tle Uni­ver­sity is the same in Malaysia as it is in the UK.

“Just like the med­i­cal pro­fes­sion, the New­cas­tle Uni­ver­sity stan­dards are uni­ver­sal.”

The sim­i­lar­i­ties be­tween the UK and Malaysia cam­puses are use­ful for med­i­cal stu­dents as in 2015 NUMed be­came the first uni­ver­sity out­side of the UK to re­ceive recog­ni­tion by the Gen­eral Med­i­cal Coun­cil (GMC) – the statu­tory body that reg­is­ters and reg­u­lates doc­tors in the UK.

This was an im­por­tant mile­stone for NUMed as it means Malaysians who study medicine at NUMed and carry out their post­grad­u­ate clin­i­cal train­ing pro­gramme in se­lected Malaysian hos­pi­tals can now ap­ply for full reg­is­tra­tion as doc­tors with the GMC as well as the Malaysian Med­i­cal Coun­cil (MMC).

The syn­er­gies be­tween NUMed and New­cas­tle UK do not only help with un­der­grad­u­ate de­grees. A de­gree at NUMed can help pre­pare stu­dents for a Master’s de­gree.

Muza­m­mil Na­ha­boo Solim, who re­cently com­pleted the four-year MBBS pro­gramme at NUMed is cur­rently study­ing in the UK for a Mas­ters of Pub­lic Health (MPH).

Last year he was awarded a full schol­ar­ship to study for a Master’s of Pub­lic Health (MPH) at New­cas­tle Uni­ver­sity, UK.

“The uni­ver­sity has been ex­tremely gen­er­ous with the fund­ing and I’m very grate­ful for the op­por­tu­nity that I have been given to spend a year in the UK.”

Away from stud­ies, stu­dents man­aged to ex­plore their sur­round­ings and made the most of life in the UK.

New­cas­tle Uni­ver­sity UK’s es­tab­lished in­ter­na­tional branch cam­pus in Jo­hor, Malaysia pro­vides un­der­grad­u­ate de­grees in Medicine (MBBS) and the Biomed­i­cal Sci­ences (BSc) – pro­grammes that of­fer op­por­tu­ni­ties for pe­ri­ods of study in the UK.

A year’s Foun­da­tion Cer­tifi­cate in Bi­o­log­i­cal and Biomed­i­cal Sci­ences is also avail­able, the suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of which leads to pro­gres­sion to the MBBS or BSc (Hons) Biomed­i­cal Sci­ences pro­grammes. All pro­grammes of study are equiv­a­lent to those of New­cas­tle’s UK-based pro­vi­sion, and lead to the award of the same de­grees.

Study­ing at NUMed Malaysia al­lows stu­dents to earn a rep­utable UK qual­i­fi­ca­tion from an in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised uni­ver­sity at a lesser cost than study­ing in the UK.

■ For more in­for­ma­tion, look out for the ad­ver­tise­ment in this StarSpe­cial.

Muza­m­mil Na­ha­boo Solim, who re­cently com­pleted the four-year MBBS pro­gramme at NUMed, is cur­rently study­ing in the UK for a Master’s of Pub­lic Health (MPH).

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