Medical school builds get underway

Foundations of the new Imperial and NTU Singapore medical school buildings are laid by the President of Singapore

Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam, President of Singapore has marked the development of two major buildings for Singapore’s newest medical school established by Imperial College London and Nanyang Technological University (NTU), by laying the foundation stones. 

The new buildings, the Experimental Medicine Building located at NTU’s main campus and the Clinical Sciences Building at the Novena Campus, will provide state-of-the-art facilities for students and researchers of the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine (LKCMedicine), set up in 2010 to address the country’s healthcare needs. Its first 54 students were admitted in August 2013 and the new facilities will be home to the growing medical school, which is set to train annual cohorts of 150 future doctors. 

At the ceremony, held at NTU’s School of Biological Sciences, President Tan triggered the simultaneous laying of foundation stones at the two sites of the new buildings. 

Dr Tan said: “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.”

LKCMedicine’s facilities physically complement the medical curriculum designed by Imperial College London for the first course it has developed and delivered overseas. In Learning Studios, Alcove Clusters, Simulation Wards, Clinical Skills Laboratory and Communication Centre students will develop the skills and knowledge required of healthcare professionals caring for patients today and into the future. The buildings will also promote collaboration between students, faculty and clinicians through the use of multidisciplinary and interactive spaces. 

Imperial College London President Professor Alice Gast said: “The 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.” 

Designed by DP Architects, the architects behind many of Singapore’s iconic landmarks including the Marina Centre, Singapore University of Technology and Design, and the Singapore Flyer, the seven-storey Experimental Medicine Building will be completed by July 2015. The 20-storey Clinical Sciences Building will open its doors in 2016 and will be part of Singapore’s largest healthcare complex, Health City Novena, which, when completed in 2030, will be physically linked to Tan Tock Seng Hospital and will include facilities offering intermediate and long-term care. 

The Experimental Medicine Building will be part of NTU’s Life Sciences cluster – comprising LKCMedicine, its School of Biological Sciences, its School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering and its Research Techno Plaza.

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