Undergraduate Focus: Local campus for UK university
Newcastle University UK has established an international branch campus in EduCity, Nusajaya, Johor, to provide undergraduate degrees in Medicine (MBBS) and the Biomedical Sciences (BSc), and opportunities for postgraduate study. The branch campus is known as Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia (NUMed).
The NUMed branch campus is an integral component of Newcastle University, which is a founder member of the UK ‘Russell Group’. Newcastle is a long established world-class research intensive university, delivering teaching and research externally confirmed as of the highest international quality.
NUMed aims to deliver cost-effective medical programmes of the highest quality in order to meet the needs of both students and the regional health economy, and to translate the benefits of its research, development and lifelong education for the societal benefit of Malaysia and the greater Asian region.
The programme is split into two phases: Phase I — extending over two academic years, emphasises the integrated nature of medical education while Phase II provides clinical training in a range of primary, secondary and tertiary care settings.
The student-selected choice strand of the curriculum runs throughout the programme and provides students with the opportunity to study topics of their own choosing. This enables them to develop key skills and pursue individualised areas of interest.
Teaching and learning
NUMed’s MBBS programme is designed to develop the skills students need to become independent self-learners and to prepare them for postgraduate study and a lifetime of medical learning.
At first, its structured learning environment provides students with clearly defined goals and direction, and new material is introduced and explained by teachers who are skilled at delivering and explaining information to large groups of students.
However, as the students’ experience and confidence develop and the programme progresses, our teaching and learning strategies encourage and ultimately require students to adopt increasing self-reliance and independence in their study and learning, helping them to prepare for their career ahead.
While teaching in lectures and in a variety of clinical settings remains of pivotal importance, a variety of other innovative methods are used, with the choice of method being carefully chosen to match our particular educational objectives.
Students are assessed in a variety of ways. The learning outcomes for the programme are defined in terms of:
• Clinical and communication skills
• Knowledge and critical thought
• Professional behaviour
Students are expected to demonstrate the appropriate level of attainment in each of these three domains. The assessment process is designed to encourage and reward transfer of learning from one stage to the next, and equal emphasis is placed on in-course assessment and end-of-stage examinations.
Upon successful completion of the entire programme students will be awarded Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), which will be conferred by Newcastle University.
For more information, vist www.newcastle.edu.my