Imperial College London and Nanyang Technological University will begin offering joint medical degrees in 2017. In the September 1, 2010 partnership, Imperial will bring its renowned medical teaching and expertise to Singapore while Nanyang Technological University (NTU) will play a vital role in boosting Singapore’s supply of world class doctors. The School will enroll its first students in 2013 and eventually have 750 undergraduate students enrolled.
This reflects a significant trend in the globalization of healthcare. Premier western medical institutions are partnering increasingly with Asian medical schools to extend their world class brands into Asia where the demand for high quality healthcare is projected to mushroom. Like Malaysia, Singapore is within a 7 hour flight radius of 3 billion of the world’s population. Singapore, along with China and many Southeast Asia nations, is faced with an aging population and increasing life expectancy.
Interestingly, Imperial is known for innovative e-learning methods and since NTU is an engineering school, one can’t help but wonder whether part of the partnership is creating new digital e-learning methods:
Students of the new school will be based on the NTU campus for the first part of the course, but throughout their training will be taught in a variety of settings to gain insight into different healthcare models [such as]… e-learning modules, simulations, lectures, seminars, apprenticeships, and problem based learning. (Imperial College London)