NTU has partnered Imperial College London, one of the leading medical schools in Europe, to set up a new medical school in Singapore.
Combining NTU’s core strengths in engineering and business with Imperial’s world-renowned medical expertise, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine will educate doctors who can meet the growing challenges of ageing and healthcare in Singapore.
The partnership, which covers an initial term of 18 years, will see Imperial leading curriculum development and running the medical school together with NTU. The National Healthcare Group will be the primary clinical training partner.
The five-year undergraduate programme, to be taught by faculty from both NTU and Imperial, will adopt a holistic, pioneering approach to medical education. Apart from lessons in laboratories and classrooms, there will be simulations, e-modules, webinars and apprenticeships, and students will be exposed to clinical settings such as community hospitals early in their education. They will also learn to work in multidisciplinary teams consisting of nurses, allied healthcare professionals and administrators.
Such an approach will ensure that graduates develop teamwork, communication and leadership skills. They will not only be providers of patient-centric care, but skilled managers in hospitals.
Besides training the best clinicians, NTU will leverage existing expertise in a number of schools within the university to pioneer innovations in medical devices and the healthcare-system as a whole.
These efforts will tap NTU’s strengths in bioengineering and biomaterials, biological sciences, health management and economics. Other relevant areas include chemistry, informatics, systems engineering, computer engineering and psychology.
Within months of its establishment in October 2010, the school was named the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine in honour of a record S$400 million endowment (inclusive of an enhanced matching government grant) from the Lee Foundation, to support medical education and research as well as scholarships and bursaries. The school has attracted the interest of the cream of Singapore’s students, and will welcome the first 50 students in August 2013. It will train 150 doctors and medical leaders for Singapore’s healthcare system every year.
The school will have a strong presence in NTU’s main campus and in Novena, a prime medical district, where a new satellite campus is being built next to Tan Tock Seng Hospital.
This is Imperial’s Faculty of Medicine’s first medical school outside of the United Kingdom. In 2009, Imperial also chose NTU as its first partner for joint PhD programmmes in Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering and Chemical Technology, as well as Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.