Patients come first at Singapore’s new medical school
Singapore's new Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, a tie-up between NTU and Imperial College London, one of the world's top universities, which is set to open in Singapore in two years will be more patient-centric. Professor Freddy Boey, the incoming NTU Provost said that the doctors the school hope to produce will be knowledgeable of what technology can do for the patient to help improve their quality of life. Underlining its commitment to the project, Imperial College last Friday opened an office at its South Kensington campus, to act as a link between London and Singapore, manage project and curriculum development, and give the school a presence in Britain. NTU President-Designate Bertil Andersson, the Singapore representative who has driven the project from its onset, was also in London for the opening. Professor Andersson said that the school will have doctors educated with the help of one of the world's best institutions, yet they will be educated in Singapore and be Singapore-centric.“Those who want to treat people in Singapore, especially the old, must understand the Singapore context. This is not so much for NTU, it's for the people of Singapore,” he added.