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Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia (NUMed) held its annual Award Ceremony on 26 October 2018 at the Iskandar Demonstration Theatre in Iskandar Puteri, Johor, to honour its high-performing students. The awards were presented by senior University figures, including Prof. David Burn, Pro-Vice Chancellor of the Faculty of Medical Sciences and Mr Richard Dale, Executive Director of Finance from the UK campus, and Professor Chris Baldwin, CEO and Provost of NUMed.

The highly coveted Vice Chancellor Merit Award is usually announced at the end of the academic year, in recognition of the university’s students who obtained good results during the year, and is valued at 10% of the student’s tuition fee for the year. In total, there were 12 recipients from the School of Biomedical Sciences and 22 from Stages 1 to 4 of the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) programme in the School of Medical Education.

Additionally, the top students from Stages 1 to 4 of the MBBS programme were presented with the TM Teoh Prize, under the recommendation of the Board of the Examiners. These students, who had acquired the highest marks within their stage were each given a RM250 monetary prize, which was obtained from funds donated to NUMed by Dr Robert Teoh, an alumnus of Newcastle University.

“The TM Teoh Prize is one of NUMed’s most significant awards and is only given to those students who have constantly sustained excellent results throughout their academic years, and I am honoured to be one of the recipients along my fellow friends,” said Jerry Tan, a Stage 2 MBBS student, who was also a recipient of the Merit Award.

Lim Pei Shan, a Stage 5 MBBS student, was named the winner of the prestigious Walton Award. The award is funded through a donation by Lord Walton, an alumnus, professor and Dean of Medicine at Newcastle University who was a lifelong friend and supporter of the University throughout his life. Lord Walton’s reforms of the Medical curriculum at Newcastle University, integrating clinical medicine with basic sciences, have been copied by many Medical Schools in the UK and worldwide. The award comes with a monetary prize worth £250 and is given to a top-performing Final Year MBBS student, under the recommendation of the Board of the Examiners. The student selected for this award usually has the highest overall performance throughout their academic career in NUMed.

“This award is a testament to the quality of education that NUMed provides to ensure that we have a solid foundation as we keep striving for greater heights. I am confident that when I graduate from NUMed, I will have the right skills and knowledge to thrive in the medical field,” said Pei Shan.

Dr Myat Soe Khine, 39, and Dr Mon Mon Yee, 50, who are Senior Lecturers in NUMed, were also congratulated on the award of their Certificate in Medical Education during the ceremony.

NUMed does not solely focus on academic aspects but also encourages engaging activities for its students. One such activity was the Elective Photography Competition which was organised as a platform for the students to express their creativity based on four themes. Six students were selected as the winners.

“The photography competition required us to capture images that accurately depict the themes provided, and I am personally overwhelmed to be a winner of multiple categories,” said Bhirom Sughontha.

NUMed is the first fully owned international branch campus of Newcastle University, UK, in Malaysia and has been offering the Foundation in Biomedical Sciences programme, undergraduate degrees in Medicine and Biomedical Sciences as well as opportunities for postgraduate studies since 2009.

The university is internationally renowned for being one of the best British universities for medicine, offering world-class medical education to students from more than 120 countries. Currently, it is placed fifth in the UK by The Guardian University Guide 2019 and in the top 125 (Clinical, Pre-clinical and Health category) by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2018, among others. It also received a 95% Overall Student Satisfaction Score according to the National Student Survey 2017 (subjects allied to medical category).

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