NTU to offer its own medical degree from 2029 onwards

Students graduating in 2028 will be the last cohort to hold the joint degree between Nanyang Technological University and Imperial College.

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Published: 12 April 2022, 1:37 PM

Nanyang Technological University’s (NTU) 18-year partnership with Imperial College to set up the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine (LKCMedicine) will come to an end in 2028. 

From 2029 onwards, NTU will be offering its own LKCMedicine undergraduate degrees. 

The last batch of students to receive the joint degree are those completing their Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree (MBBS) by 2028, said NTU on Monday (Apr 11). 

Students who enrol in 2024 or later will receive an NTU degree.

Describing the success of the current partnership, Professor Alice Gast, President of Imperial College London said, “It has been a privilege to work with NTU and to help ensure that our vision for LKCMedicine came to fruition. 

“Together we have successfully delivered a world class medical school for Singapore which is producing first-rate doctors that will have an impact on Singapore’s healthcare system long into the future.” 

The two universities are also coming together to explore new areas of collaboration in the field of postgraduate education and research in areas such as public health and sustainability, said NTU. 

LKCMedicine was initially established in 2010 as a response to the growing healthcare needs of the nation. The school admitted its first batch of students in 2013. Its dual campus, at Health City Novena and NTU, was completed in 2017.

The school also charted in the top 100 on the global university ranking system Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings by Subject 2022, that was released on 6 Apr. 

“We are very pleased to see the quality of young doctors from LKCMedicine and are confident that the school will continue to produce skilled doctors who will serve Singapore’s healthcare needs,” said Professor Philip Choo, Group CEO of NHG and LKCMedicine Governing Board member.

As of now, four cohorts of LCKMedicine students have graduated and are serving Singapore’s healthcare sector, while the fifth cohort will be entering medical practice in May. 

“Both NTU and Imperial College London can be very proud of LKCMedicine’s success, progress and maturity as a medical school,” NTU President Professor Subra Suresh said.

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