The United Kingdom's Newcastle University has begun building a medical school in Malaysia, where it will offer degrees to students from South East Asia for about two thirds the cost of tuition that foreign students pay in the UK.
The £5m (€6m; $7.5m) Numed branch campus aims to open in three or four years, and managers hope that it will eventually offer courses in biotechnology as well as medicine.
Reg Jordan, who will head Newcastle's Malaysian campus, said, “We are here because we want to extend the international footprint of Newcastle, and we see South East Asia as the future.”
Newcastle is not the only UK university to start a campus in Asia. Nottingham University opened a campus on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur in 2005 (www.guardian.co.uk/education/2008/nov/20/newcastle-university-malaysia).
First year junior doctors in Wales will receive free hospital accommodation until July 2010 after a Department of Health ruling.
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