UBD, University of Adelaide sign MoU for medical programmes

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

PENGIRAN Anak Puteri Rashidah Sa’adatul Bolkiah (PAPRSB) Institute of Health Sciences (IHS), Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with University of Adelaide, Australia yesterday.

Dr Joyce Teow Siew Yean, assistant vice-chancellor of global affairs signed the MoU on behalf of UBD while Professor Alastair Burt, executive dean of Faculty of Health Sciences signed on behalf of University of Adelaide. Dr Hjh Rafidah Gharif, dean of IHS witnessed the signing.

The dean in her speech said, “UBD developed a medical programme which has been running successfully for the last 10 years”. She further said UBD students in this programme study in UBD for three years before transferring to their partnering medical schools.

“Students study at UBD for three years and graduate with a Bachelor in Health Sciences (Medicine) ordinary degree before transferring to our partner medical schools either in the United Kingdom, Ireland or Australia. Our graduates enter the third year of the partner medical school and complete their medical degree programme overseas,” she added.

Professor Alastair said the first batch of UBD students will be joining their medical programme in January 2017.

“Those students will be taught in outstanding hospitals and medical practices across the state and will also have part of their time in a new building which opens in February next year — the Academic Health and Medical Sciences building.

“This is a 14-storey building which will house our dental school and hospital, medical and nursing programmes, and five of our key research themes,” he said.

The signing will also bring in more active collaboration between the two universities as the MoU will provide more placements for UBD students for their clinical learning experience.

The Brunei Times