April 2016 | Issue 23
LKCMedicine draws big crowds at NTU Open House

LKCMedicine has always attracted large crowds during the university-wide Open House and this year was no exception. The LKCMedicine Open House was held, for the first time, at the School’s brand new facilities at the Experimental Medicine Building (EMB). Held on 5 March, the NTU Open House attracted more than 15,000 prospective university students and their parents.

Prospective students and their parents fill the Learning Studio to learn more about the School’s innovative curriculum

As early as 9.30am, students streamed across the walkway and the link-bridge from the School of Biological Sciences (SBS) to the Level 3 Collaboration Space in LKCMedicine’s new building. Greeted by LKCMedicine faculty, staff and students, the visitors could learn more about the School – from admissions to the dual campus that is nearing completion; and from student life to medical education.

While smaller in scale, there was still plenty to do and try out for the visitors. Kicking-off activities at EMB, LKCMedicine Vice-Dean for Clinical Affairs Associate Professor Pang Weng Sun delivered the first of three talks on LKCMedicine’s innovative curriculum to a packed Learning Studio.

A prospective student takes a sneak peek at science in action

Vice-Dean for Education Associate Professor Naomi Low-Beer took over for the two talks in the afternoon. In her talk, she introduced the visitors, who crowded into the Learning Studio, to the first-class education offered by the School. For those interested to learn more about, and even try their hand at, the School’s innovative pedagogy, a Team-Based Learning (TBL) demo complete with iPads was on offer immediately before or after the talks in the Seminar Room.

Throughout the day, regular tours offered visitors a good overview of LKCMedicine’s learning facilities, which were built around the School’s mission of training doctors “equipped to advance the science and practice of medicine”. In the teaching lab, which is usually used by students for their science practicals and anatomy teaching, three of the School’s young research faculty were on hand, giving visitors the opportunity for a behind-the-scenes peek at science in action.

These hands-on activities complemented the goings-on at the School’s main booth at SBS that was packed with visitors throughout the day. The crowds were 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.

Prospective students crowd LKCMedicine’s info booth at SBS