News in brief - April 2021

News roundup

LKCMedicine ranked #89 for QS
Just 10 years since it was set up, LKCMedicine has charted on the global university ranking system Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings by Subject 2021, coming in at 89th in the world for Medicine and an incredible 12th in Asia. The QS World University Rankings by Subject are based upon academic reputation, employer reputation, and research impact. 

NTU Singapore’s Class of 2020 continues to be sought after by employers and earn higher salaries
Fresh graduates from the Class of 2020 at NTU continue to be in demand and are drawing higher starting salaries, despite a tough economic environment due to the COVID-19 pandemic. More than nine in 10 NTU fresh graduates in the labour force reported that they were employed within six months after completing their final examinations, comparable to the previous cohort. 4,636 NTU graduates responded to the 2020 Joint Autonomous Universities Graduate Employment Survey (JAUGES), jointly conducted by NTU and the other Autonomous Universities. This comprises 4,553 graduates from the Class of 2020 as well as 22 Biomedical graduates and 61 Medicine graduates from the Class of 2019 who took part in a follow-up survey.

Singapore President Halimah Yacob attends POWERS Launch at LKCMedicineOn 5 March, LKCMedicine was delighted to host the launch of POWERS (Promotion of Women in Engineering, Research and Science) at our Clinical Sciences Building, which was launched by President of the Republic of Singapore Madam Halimah Yacob and NTU President Professor Subra Suresh. The programme, that aims to recruit and empower women with a long-term goal to increase gender diversity in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers, was launched at the biennial Women in Engineering, Science & Technology (WiEST) symposium by Women@NTU.

Discovery of Marine Natural Product off Florida’s Coast in the Fight against Cancer
From cyanobacteria blooms found off the coast of Florida, USA, LKCMedicine Visiting Professor Hendrik Luesch is among a team of University of Florida (UF) researchers who have discovered a novel marine natural product that binds to a new site of tubulin, an important target for cancer drugs. Tubulin is a group of proteins found in the cytoplasm of cells, outside the nucleus. They serve as building blocks of microtubules, which are involved in cellular structure and aid in cell division.