By Professor Naomi Low-Beer, Vice-Dean for Education
Like a scaffold, the Collaboration Agreement signed between NTU Singapore and Imperial College London in 2010 sets out the terms of engagement for the LKCMedicine partnership. But was it able to provide a viable and enduring structure to support broader collaboration? That came down first to the teams at LKCMedicine and Imperial developing the new MBBS programme, and later to the wider student, research and staff community, who filled the partnership with new ideas.
It has been very satisfying to see the partnership transform from a paper promise to a multi-dimensional dynamic reality. On the educational front, LKCMedicine’s novel curriculum and pedagogy are influencing the curriculum review at Imperial and transforming teaching approaches at NTU; while Imperial’s advances in education, spurred on by their recently implemented learning and teaching strategy, are providing inspiration for further innovation at LKCMedicine.
Our students - and Imperial medical students - are not only reaping unique rewards through tailored exchange and elective programmes, but are also busy building their own ties. For example, two Imperial students joined LKCMedicine students on Overseas Community Involvement Projects to the Philippines and Sri Lanka earlier this year. Closer links have been fostered between the Surgical Societies of both schools, and there have been joint educational research projects on Team-Based Learning. More student projects are taking shape, many of which have been enabled by the Professor Jenny Higham Award, established through the generosity of LKCMedicine’s former Senior Vice-Dean, to support interactions between students at both schools.
Our ties with Imperial have also created flourishing international research partnerships, with joint projects in population health and neuroscience leading the way.
And it is not just the two schools and universities that are benefitting from this collaboration. Leveraging on our partnership, Tan Tock Seng Hospital and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust have forged new links, with the aim of providing opportunities for clinical and research training, and health system innovation.
In the five years since our first intake of students, our connections with Imperial have yielded an amazingly diverse crop that few of us could have imagined when the partnership was inked. At every level, new collaborations have sprung up, creating diverse and impactful partnerships that I am confident will stand the test of time and leave a lasting legacy.