In partnership with the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore, Imperial College has announced that it is establishing a new medical school and will admit its first 50 students in 2013.

“This partnership gives us the chance to work with Singapore’s talented students and also provides a rare opportunity to pioneer a new medical curriculum,” said Dr. Su Guaning, President of NTU. “Singapore’s healthcare system will face a range of challenges in the future and we aim to equip our students with the skills they will need to tackle them. I hope that this agreement will allow us to share new ideas and innovations for teaching medicine and will open the door to a range of collaborations across our disciplines.” The inaugural class will start a 5-year undergraduate course at Singapore’s third medical school. The school, for many, will provide more places for students interested in pursing medicine, especially for those who cannot afford to study abroad.