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NTU keeps top spot for QS, while moving to #2 in THE's ranking

NTU remains the world's best young university, according to Quacquarelli Symonds (QS). This is the seventh consecutive year NTU has topped the education consultancy's Top 50 Under 50 ranking, released in June. In a separate ranking of young universities by London-based education magazine Times Higher Education (THE), NTU moved up one notch to second place, behind Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

LKCMedicine's Covid-19 diagnostic laboratory begins testing

On 3 July, the Clinical Diagnostic Lab at LKCMedicine received its first Covid-19 samples for testing. The lab forms part of a nationwide network of Covid-19 testing facilities and will progressively ramp-up throughput to perform up to 4,000 tests per day if required. To ensure the safety of everyone on campus, samples are delivered via a separate and secured route to the lab where they are immediately inactivated before being processed. For more details on the School's contribution to Covid-19 management, research and education, click here.

LKCMedicine clinical students undergo PPE and swab training

On 21 June, 119 then-Year 3 students underwent a refresher course on Infection Control Practices and the use of PPE before being taught how to collect samples by swabbing the back of the nose and throat. This is to ensure that all students in the clinical years know how to comply with the necessary infection control precautions. The session was conducted at the Clinical Sciences Building, and the School took rigorous precautions to ensure the safety of students and their instructors. The students behaved impeccably and with professionalism, complying with strict safe-distancing regulations. All 119 students, who are now in Year 4, completed the training and passed the assessment.

LKCMedicine and NTU Cybersecurity Exhibition gets an excellence nod at the 2020 APEX Awards

A multi-departmental team from LKCMedicine and NTU was recognised with an Excellence Award at the 32nd Awards for Publication Excellence (APEX) for its "Invisible Attacks: A Cybersecurity Awareness Exhibition". This year, more than 1,000 entries were evaluated by APEX judges, who awarded 476 projects across 100 individual sub-categories for their excellence. Standing out from a field of more than 100 entries in its category, the exhibition was one of three projects to receive an Excellence Award. The two main messages that the team wanted to convey were (cyber) Attacks and Defence. The exhibition was launched at the Clinical Sciences Building on 15 July 2019 before travelling to other parts of the NTU campus and Singapore. Revisit the exhibition through its e-book here