Foreign University Branch
About Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia
Newcastle University UK, has established an international branch campus, Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia (NUMed) in Johor, Malaysia to provide its undergraduate degrees in Medicine (MB BS) and the Biomedical Sciences (BSc), and opportunities for postgraduate study.
The operating company of the branch campus, (NUMed Malaysia Sdn Bhd) is wholly owned by Newcastle University and is registered in Malaysia under Company No: 792091-W with registered office at Suite 1301
13th Floor, City Plaza, Jalan Tebrau, 80300 Johor Bahru, Johor Darul Takzim, Malaysia
The programmes of study are identical to those of Newcastle’s UK-based provision, and lead to the award of the same degrees, conferred by Newcastle University, UK. By choosing to study at NUMed Malaysia, students will obtain a reputable UK qualification, from an internationally recognized university, at a cost significantly less than that of studying for the same degrees in the UK.
The undergraduate Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (MB BS) degrees were launched in 2009, the Biomedical Sciences BSc Honours was launched in 2013 and our Foundation Certificate in Biological and Biomedical Sciences will be launched in 2016.
It is planned that a Foundation programme in Medicine and Science and our postgraduate provision will be offered from in the future.
On 20 November 2008 the University announced that they were entering into an agreement to establish an international branch campus in Malaysia for the teaching of medical subjects. The development of the 13-acre (53,000 m2) site in Johor, marks Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia (NUMed) as the ‘anchor tenant’ within the EduCity.
Staff moved into the NUMed Malaysia buildings on 3 May 2011, in preparation for students arriving in August. The Malaysian Bell’s Court building features a section which is designed to look like the Arches in Newcastle upon Tyne. The Branch Campus offers MBBS, which is currently accredited by both the General Medical Council and Malaysian Medical Council and Undergraduate Degrees in Biomedical sciences. Both programmes lead to a Newcastle University degree, and are identical to the course in the UK.
The main clinical teaching hospitals are Hospital Sultan Ismail and Hospital Sultanah Aminah in Johor Bahru, Hospital Sultanah Nora Ismail in Batu Pahat, Hospital Enche’ Besar Hajjah Khalsom in Kluang and a number of community clinics. All teaching and examinations are conducted in English, with the use of translators in clinical settings if required. Opportunities exist for students to spend time in the UK Campus, both through Student Selected Components (SSC), electives and intercalation.
Newcastle University UK is a modern university with a rich tradition of scholarship, a proud record of service and a truly global alumni network. The reputation and popularity of the University is backed up by the high-quality teaching and learning experience and the research opportunities available to students. Newcastle is a Russell Group University that consistently ranks in the top 20 in the UK for research power and student experience, and is the first UK University to establish a fully owned international branch campus for medicine and the biomedical sciences in Malaysia.
While NUMed Malaysia was only established in 2009, the history and heritage of the University in the UK dates back to 1834, when a School of Medicine and Surgery was first established in the city of Newcastle upon Tyne. Newcastle University Medical School is a world leading collaboration of research scientists, medical doctors and teaching professionals who have enjoyed a reputation for innovation and excellence for both our research and teaching and our BSc (Honours) Biomedical Sciences is consistently one of the most highly regarded courses in the UK. For both medicine and biomedical sciences, we rank highly in the UK for overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey, and n The Times University Guide.
Malaysia and the UK
Over the years many Malaysians have graduated from Newcastle University, and today there is an active Malaysian Society at the Newcastle, UK campus. The Society provides a social cultural focus for Malaysian students.
Every year, the Society produces a Malaysian Night, which, is ‘filled with the passion and spirit of the unique Malaysian culture’. In 2009, Newcastle University Malaysian Society was awarded the NCL+ award for ‘Best Society of the Year’. Many members of the Society return home on graduation to join the thriving Malaysian Alumni Association.
With nearly 50 Malaysian nationals enrolled currently on its UK undergraduate medical programme, Newcastle remains one of the most popular UK destinations for Malaysian medical students studying abroad.
The aim of NUMed Malaysia is to deliver a cost-effective medical programme of the highest quality in order to meet the needs of both our students and the regional health economy, and to translate the benefits of our academic endeavour for the benefit of Malaysian society and the greater Asian region.
NUMed Malaysia’s goals are:
- To provide globally acclaimed programmes of medical education, responsive to the changing needs of the Malaysian healthcare system, in order to attract and retain national and international students of the highest quality.
- To establish an academic culture and environment which will underpin the recruitment and retention of high-calibre faculty and staff, and empower them in the pursuit of scholarship, the delivery of superior programmes of study, and the production of excellent graduates properly prepared for the global health economy of the 21st century.
- To develop a secure, attractive, supportive and inspiring environment in order to engage highly motivated students in affordable, world-class medical education, irrespective of background.
- To establish firm, mutual relationships with health and other employers in order to ensure that our programmes remain fit for purpose, and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and understanding, the skills and competencies, and the personal and professional attitudes appropriate to professional practice and employment.
- To create and continually improve rigorous administrative systems in order to implement an excellent support strategy for all stakeholders.
Newcastle University’s Malaysian campus is situated in Nusajaya, Johor, in Iskandar Malaysia. Part of EduCity in Iskandar, it is 1km east of the Gelang Patah Interchange on the main Linkedua Expressway. The Second Crossing Bridge to Singapore is only 8km from the campus, and the city of Johor Bahru is a near neighbour.
Officially launched in February 2007, Nusajaya is one of the five flagship zones of Iskandar Malaysia – a 550,000-acre economic corridor three times the size of Singapore. Iskandar Malaysia is envisioned to become a sustainable metropolis of international standing by 2025. Spanning 24,000 acres, Nusajaya is undisputedly the largest urban integrated development in Southeast Asia. The last few years have seen Nusajaya begin to develop into a thriving hub with lots of shops, eateries and entertainment in close prioximity to the NUMed campus
Nusajaya is strategically located in the epicenter of the new economic Asia. Nusajaya’s strategic location and proximity to Singapore provides immense potential for economic growth. Nusajaya is served by two international airports and five seaports for what is arguably the best connectivity in Southeast Asia.
Inspired by the best the world has to offer, Nusajaya is planned, designed and intended as a new type of city where the social and community areas plus intrinsic needs such as safety and security, transportation, convenience and enriched lifestyle are part and parcel of an integrated master plan. Nusajaya is already a benchmark for other cities around the world. The Nusajaya Safety and Security Master Plan is the first in the world to be developed on such a scale and magnitude.
NUMed has its own managed student accommodation. The new accommodation offers high-quality self-catering apartments, arranged as a number of study-bedrooms sharing a central kitchen/living room and shower facilities. The air-conditioned apartments also have wireless Internet access. There is a swimming pool and gymnasium on-site, to which all students staying in the accommodation have free access.
Each apartment is self-catering and is equipped with its own fridge, cooker and washing machine. The NUMed Student Accommodation offers a partial cleaning service for public areas and kitchen. Students are responsible for cleaning their own study-bedrooms. Each apartment houses up to four students.
NUMed Student Accommodation is truly multinational, multi-ethnic and multicultural. The new accommodation is just a 10-minute drive from the campus, with free, regular transport provided, not only between the accommodation and the campus, but also between the accommodation and the nearby major eateries, shopping centres, entertainment outlets and other recreational attractions, which are five minutes’ drive away.
The apartments are within a gated community, with 24-hour, non-intrusive security. Wardens from NUMed staff also live in the apartment block and can be called upon in case of an emergency. Accommodation and Hospitality Services are committed to providing services and facilities that enhance your experience and you can be assured of our support and attention at all times.
Two types of bedroom are available:
- Single (sharing one bathroom per apartment)
- Twin bed (sharing an en suite bathroom)
- En suite master room
Student Amenities And Transportation
There is a swimming pool and gymnasium on-site, to which all students staying in the accommodation have free access. Bukit Indah is just a five-minute drive from the accommodation and there is a free shuttle bus service between the accommodation and the local amenities.
The shuttle service operates from 7.00am – 10.00pm seven days a week with a reduced service on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays throughout the academic year, and is a continuous service.
The Benefits of University Accommodation
There are many advantages to choosing University Managed accommodation:
- The student experience – in our accommodation, students have the opportunity to meet people from diverse cultural and social backgrounds.
- We have a transparent pricing structure inclusive of most fees, making it easier to budget. Internet access is FREE.
- As your landlord, the University takes its responsibility seriously, endeavouring to provide a comfortable living environment suitable for both study and relaxation.
- The University Managed accommodation is safe and secure, with 24-hour, non-invasive security.
- Close to major eateries, shopping centres and leisure activities.
- Self-catering – all kitchens are equipped with large capacity fridges, cookers, stovetop burners and microwave oven.
- Washing machine – each apartment is equipped with a washing machine, so no more queuing!
- All students choosing to live at the University Managed apartments have free access to the swimming pool and gym.
- Continuous contracts – contracts cover the full academic year and include the Christmas and Easter vacation periods, so there is no need to empty your room when you go home for short visits.
- As an undergraduate student, you have the option to extend your stay over the summer vacation, so if you during this period.
Alternatively, students may choose to stay at the student accommodation in EduCity i.e Student Village. Please note however, that the Student Visit offers only basic accommodation and is NOT managed by NUMed. Your contract would be between yourself and [email protected]
For those starting their first degree, a university environment can be a difficult time as students’ come to terms with the more independent existence that university life brings.
Experience has shown that one of the best ways to help new students to settle into their new life is to actively encourage them to form friendships and social networks from day one.
This not only helps them to adjust to their new lifestyle, but acts as a firm basis of support throughout the duration of their programmes.
- Study Facilities and IT Support
- Wellbeing Support
- Study Support
- Language Support
Undergraduate and Foundation Study
NUMed Malaysia provides a range of undergraduate biomedical and medical degree programmes, equivalent and of comparable standard to those of Newcastle University’s UK-based provision but contextualised to Malaysian circumstance and taking into account the cultural differences. Both programe provide opportunities to study for periods in the UK. All degrees are conferred by Newcastle University, UK.
NUMed only has one intake for each programme each year. The next intake for our Foundation programme is April 2016 and for our MBBS and BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences it is September 2016. Applications for all programmes are open.
Undergraduate programmes offered at NUMed Malaysia
- Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) Honours .
- Biomedical Sciences BSc Honours .
- Foundation Certificate in Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Applications are free for all programmes.
Postgraduate Programmes offered from Newcastle University, UK
Postgraduate programmes offered from Newcastle University, UK at a distance, with some optional face-to-face teaching on campus here in Malaysia.
- Masters in Clinical Research (MClinRes)
- MSc Oncology (MSc, PG Dip), MSc Palliative Care (MSc, PG Dip), MSc Oncology for the Pharmaceutical Industry (MSc, PG Dip), PG Certificate in Cancer Studies
- Certificate in Medical Education (PG Cert)
While the Newcastle University medical and biomedical degrees offered at NUMed Malaysia are principally to cater for the Malaysian market, applications from non-Malaysian citizens are welcomed.
It is a requirement that all international students receive approval from the Malaysian Immigration Department and a Student Pass. Application for a Student Pass will be managed by NUMed Malaysia. Please note that it is the prerogative of the Malaysian Immigration Department and the Ministry of Higher Education to approve or reject any visa application.
For the MBBS programme, additional compulsory Bahasa Melayu language provision is provided.
What to expect as an international student at NUMed Malaysia
The most recent instalment of the Annual International Student Barometer, which measures international student satisfaction at 270 Universities and Colleges worldwide, has revealed year-on-year growth in International student satisfaction at Newcastle University since the surveys began in 2005. NUMed Malaysia intends to replicate this reputation in Malaysia. International students joining NUMed Malaysia can expect a warm welcome and will be provided with:
A welcome pack
This is despatched to international students prior to their arrival in Malaysia and comprises information on: immigration requirements, travel, health, English language support, banking and finance, a copy of the International Student’s Handbook, and various useful guides to studying at NUMed Malaysia.
Some international students will inevitably feel cut off from their own culture, country, family and friends. These feelings will mostly be resolved as they make friends and become familiar with life and study at NUMed Malaysia.
Sometimes, however, those feelings will persist and students may find their lives are more severely affected. NUMed Malaysia will provide free and confidential one-to-one support meetings for those international students experiencing difficulties during their time at NUMed Malaysia.
While NUMed Malaysia was only established in 2009, the history and heritage of the University in the UK dates back to 1834, when a School of Medicine and Surgery was first established in the city of Newcastle upon Tyne. Newcastle University Medical School is a world leading collaboration of research scientists, medical doctors and teaching professionals who have enjoyed a reputation for innovation and excellence for both our research and teaching and our BSc (Honours) Biomedical Sciences is consistently one of the most highly regarded courses in the UK.
Newcastle has become one of 14 universities in the world to achieve five plus QS stars from QS Quacquarelli Symonds, the first international assessment of its kind. More than 150 Universities in over 35 counries have now signed up to the QS sars rating system.
The Stars system rates universities agains a number of performance indicators as set agains pre-established international standards.
We are proud to have been awarded five stars in the following areas:
- Student Employability
- Life Sciences and Medicine
The QS Stars system is operated by the QS Intelligence Unit, the independent compiler of the QS World University Rankings® since 2004. The system evaluates universities across a wide range of important performance indicators as set against pre-established international standards. By covering a broader range of criteria than any world ranking exercise, QS Stars™ shines a light on both the excellence and the diversity of the rated institution.
QS Global University Rankings:
Asian University Rank: