April 2017 | Issue 29
Hands-on Open House at LKCMedicine a big hit

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Crowds fill the 250-seat Learning Studio for the first of three talks on LKCMedicine's innovative curriculum
and admissions process

Crowds of aspiring university students and their parents hit the roads early on Saturday 4 March, heading to the west of Singapore to learn more about NTU and what its schools have to offer. Premier programmes like medicine were a big draw at the university-wide Open House bonanza.

From 9.30am, the first among some 1,000 visitors attending the School's Open House streamed across the link-bridge from the School of Biological Sciences (SBS) to the Level 3 Collaboration Space in LKCMedicine's Experimental Medicine Building (EMB), where LKCMedicine faculty, staff, researchers and students welcomed visitors and introduced them to the undergraduate MBBS programme and research at the School.

A good starting point for those new to the School were the talks on the first-class education provided by LKCMedicine. By 10am, the Learning Studio was filled to the brim for the first talk, delivered by Assistant Dean for Year 4 & Family Medicine Associate Professor Wong Teck Yee.

Two further runs of the talk by Vice-Dean for Clinical Affairs Associate Professor Pang Weng Sun and Assistant Dean for Admissions Associate Professor Kwek Tong Kiat took place during the afternoon, each addressing a packed Learning Studio. During the Q&A, parents and prospective students also had the chance to hear from Vice-Dean for Education Associate Professor Naomi Low-Beer.

Over the course of the day, LKCMedicine Dean Professor James Best and Executive Vice-Dean Professor Lionel Lee popped by to observe the busy goings-on and answer questions from prospective students and their parents.

Other highlights included the hands-on demonstrations which brought the academic experience at LKCMedicine to life. From Team-Based Learning to science practicals, prospective students could get a good feel for what it would be like to study at LKCMedicine. Manned by enthusiastic LKCMedicine students, supported by faculty and teaching staff, visitors also learned more about students' experience at the young medical school.

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L-R: Prospective students try their hand at LKCMedicine's unique IT-enhanced Team-Based Learning​;
LKCMedicine Class of 2021 student Jaryl Gan and Assistant Professor of Molecular Medicine Sanjay Chotirmall guide a prospective university student through a lung capacity test

On Level 3, two of the School's research faculty gave visitors a behind-the-scenes peek at science in action. With faculty and students there to share more, the visitors learnt about engineering in medicine, how students can innovate lab processes as well as how research is built into the undergraduate curriculum.

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LKCMedicine Class of 2018 students introduce their Scholarly Projects to visitors

These hands-on activities complemented the happenings at the School's main booth at SBS that was packed with visitors throughout the day. The more than 16,000-strong crowd was attracted by NTU's premier programmes in medicine and engineering as well as the university's continued rise through international rankings. NTU now ranks number one among the world's best young universities and number 13 overall.

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LKCMedicine students, faculty and staff answer prospective students' questions about the School and its programme
at the SBS booth