October 2013|Issue 8
News in Brief

LKCMedicine at Singapore Health and Biomedical Congress 2013
Themed ‘Advancing a Shared Vision Towards Healthcare 2020’, this year’s Singapore Health and Biomedical Congress (SHBC)  2013 was held at Max Atria @ Singapore Expo from 27 to 28 September. Attended by some 3,000 delegates, the Congress opened with a keynote address by Professor the Lord Ara Darzi of Denham who is also Imperial College London’s Paul Hamlyn Chair of Surgery. Some of our LKCMedicine faculty attended and participated in tracks such as the Primary Care Forum. Alongside the Congress was a joint LKCMedicine-NHG exhibition where booths and displays were put up to share with delegates about the School and its primary clinical partner.

NTU Jumps in World University Rankings for Third Straight Year
NTU has moved up six places to No. 41 in the 2013 World University Rankings announced by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) on 10 September. This is the third straight year that NTU has jumped up the QS rankings, rising 33 notches over the last three years. One of only two universities below 50 years old amongst the global elite, NTU is also the fastest-rising Asian university in the world’s Top 50.
TTSH is Best Employer
LKCMedicine’s clinical partner Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) has received the 2013 Aon Hewitt Best Employer in Singapore Award, an accolade which recognises employers for their unique people practices, extensive employee engagement, compelling branding, effective leadership and culture of high performance. TTSH is the first healthcare organisation in Singapore to be conferred the prestigious award.

Imperial Alumni Visitor Centre Opens
Housed at the South Kensington Campus, the Imperial Alumni Visitor Centre was formally opened on 12 July 2013 by President & Rector Sir Keith O’Nions, members of the College’s Council, and prominent alumni including Mr Koh Boon Hwee, Chairman of NTU’s Board of Trustees. Equipped with free WiFi, computer terminals and a meeting room, the Centre provides an exclusive space on campus for visiting Imperial alumni and their guests to relax, work, meet friends and colleagues, and catch up with the latest developments at the College.

Karolinksa Institutet Visits LKCMedicine
LKCMedicine was honoured to host two key Karolinska Institutet (KI) individuals in September. The first was newly appointed President Professor Anders Hamsten on 4 September 2013, who was here for the very first time. On 25 September 2013, it was Dean of Doctoral Education Professor Anders Gustafsson’s turn to visit. Our visitors were given an overview of LKCMedicine and insights into our curriculum, pedagogy and research, as well as a tour of our new Novena Campus. One of the world’s leading medical universities, the visits were part of KI’s plan to strengthen ties with NTU on joint programmes, particularly with LKCMedicine.