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University to open campus abroad

Newcastle University
The degrees in Malaysia will be the same as the ones offered in Newcastle

A Tyneside university is to open a campus in Malaysia.

Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia (NUMed) will operate from a state-of-the-art facility in Johor.

It will offers degrees in medicine and biomedical science, identical to the five-year programme at Newcastle, but at about half the cost to students.

The first intake will be in September 2009. Students will study for two years at Newcastle before transferring to Malaysia when the campus opens in 2011.

There are also future plans to offer post-graduate provision at the campus.

Professor Reg Jordan, the chief executive of NUMed Malaysia, said: "We are delighted to be part of this exciting initiative.

"Our new campus here in Malaysia will widen access to affordable UK education, extend Newcastle's global footprint and help to meet the university's mission to translate the outcomes of its academic endeavours for the benefit of society."

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