Foundation stone laid at two new NTU buildings designed for its joint medical school with Imperial College London
Designs for world-class learner-centred and research facilities unveiled
President of Singapore Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam has laid a foundation stone at each of Nanyang Technological University’s (NTU) two new buildings which will house its medical school, jointly set up with Imperial College London.
The seven-storey Experimental Medicine Building will be completed by July – in time to welcome students in the upcoming new academic year. The 20-storey Clinical Sciences Building will open its doors to medical students next year.
The two buildings form the dual campus of The Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine (LKCMedicine). The Experimental Medicine Building is located at NTU’s main campus while the Clinical Sciences Building is at its Novena campus which is part of Singapore's new medical hub known as Health City Novena.
Also unveiled today were blueprints of the state-of-the-art future classrooms and research facilities designed to facilitate the medical school’s innovative teaching pedagogy and integrated research strategy.
President Tony Tan, who is also NTU’s Chancellor, graced the foundation stone laying ceremony as the Guest-of-Honour for the two new buildings today.
Dr Tan said: "I am delighted to lay the foundation stone for the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine's Experimental Medicine Building and Clinical Sciences Building. This promising young medical school builds on the strong foundations of the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Imperial College London. I look forward to seeing the School flourish and make its mark on the world stage through state-of-the-art training of doctors who put patient care first and push the boundaries of care through multidisciplinary research."
Also present at the ceremony were senior management from both NTU and Imperial, as well as members of NTU’s Board of Trustees and the medical school’s governing board and members of the medical fraternity.
Designed by DP Architects, the award-winning architect for many of Singapore’s iconic landmarks, the two buildings are designed to promote collaboration between students, faculty and clinicians through the use of multidisciplinary and interactive spaces and facilities.
To achieve this, they will have custom-built facilities namely the Learning Studios, Alcove Clusters, Simulation Wards, the Clinical Skills Laboratory and Communication Centre. (See Annex 1 for more information on the new facilities).
The Experimental Medicine Building will also play a key role in enhancing life sciences at NTU and is part of the Life Sciences cluster – comprising LKCMedicine, the School of Biological Sciences, the School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering and the Research Techno Plaza.
NTU President Professor Bertil Andersson said, “With the two new buildings completing the University’s new Life Sciences cluster, we will bring together pioneering experts from different schools at NTU."
“Coupled with our strong links with Imperial College London, we are creating a multidisciplinary hotbed for innovative new ideas and approaches to solve tomorrow’s healthcare issues,” Prof Andersson said. “At the same time, the medical school will nurture a generation of caring doctors well-versed in using the latest technology to help their patients lead longer and healthier lives.”
The close proximity of the Clinical Sciences Building to Tan Tock Seng Hospital, LKCMedicine’s primary clinical partner, will also ease students’ integration into clinical settings and facilitate a closer level of clinical research between researchers and clinicians.
Imperial College London President Professor Alice Gast said, “Today’s ceremony celebrates the creation of modern facilities for our joint medical school in Singapore. It also signals the ambition of our far-sighted collaboration. Together NTU and Imperial College London are laying foundations for research discoveries and for the innovative integration of education and research in LKCMedicine”.
“Both new buildings harness new technologies and foster collaborative working between disciplines, which will be the hallmark of future advances in health. LKCMedicine doctors-to-be will be surrounded by this exciting research enterprise as they begin acquiring the skills and knowledge they need to care for patients today and into the future.
“It is a privilege for Imperial to contribute to this remarkable journey, on a path laid by the Singaporean government to improve the health of its citizens and the health of the world.”
Dean of LKCMedicine Professor James Best said, “The dual campus of our medical school will expose our students to the crucial aspects of modern medicine – familiarity with emerging technologies through novel teaching methods, and systems-based research and treatment approaches through continuous contact with researchers and clinicians. Combined with early patient contact, we nurture a patient-centric approach to medicine in our students. With our firm commitment to an innovative and forward-looking education, we aim to continue to attract Singapore’s brightest young aspiring doctors.”
At the ceremony, Mr Lim Chuan Poh, chairman of the medical school’s governing board said, “Whether it is to build a physical infrastructure, develop an organisation or grow a relationship, it is important to start with a solid foundation. In this regard, the coming together of Imperial College and NTU, with their excellent track records and combined strengths in medicine, engineering and the biomedical sciences, to establish Singapore’s newest medical school has provided LKCMedicine with an excellent foundation upon which to grow and develop. In the same way, the partnership with the National Healthcare Group (NHG), as our primary healthcare partner, with Tan Tock Seng Hospital consistently voted the top teaching hospital in Singapore further reinforced this strong foundation. To add to the strength of this foundation, I would like to acknowledge the very strong support that the School has received from the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health.”
LKCMedicine opened in 2013 with an inaugural intake of 54 and currently has 132 students. The next academic year begins in August 2015.
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About Nanyang Technological University
A research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has 33,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the colleges of Engineering, Business, Science, Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences, and its Interdisciplinary Graduate School. It has a new medical school, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, set up jointly with Imperial College London.
NTU is also home to world-class autonomous institutes – the National Institute of Education, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Earth Observatory of Singapore, and Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering – and various leading research centres such as the Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute (NEWRI), Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N) and the Institute on Asian Consumer Insight (ACI).
A fast-growing university with an international outlook, NTU is putting its global stamp on Five Peaks of Excellence: Sustainable Earth, Future Healthcare, New Media, New Silk Road, and Innovation Asia.
Besides the main Yunnan Garden campus, NTU also has a satellite campus in Singapore’s science and tech hub, one-north, and a third campus in Novena, Singapore’s medical district.
For more information, visit www.ntu.edu.sg