A VISITING examiner from the University College of London (UCL) in Britain has given the thumbs up to the first year medical course conducted by the Asian Institute of Medicine, Science and Technology (Aimst) in Sungei Petani.
Prof Dr David Jordan, a professor of psychology with the Royal Free Medical School of London said at the end of a five-day visit to the campus: “I am very impressed with the curriculum, the teaching facilities, the infrastructure and information technology facilities which were adequate and at par with the British universities.”
Dr Jordan said the role of an examiner is to look at the facilities and examination questions, as well as interview students and assess their standards.
“I found that the examination questions and the level of competency of the students were at par or even better than that of students of the same level in Britain. In fact students here are more forthcoming with their answers, except for one or two poor students, and there is good interaction between teaching staff and students.
“These students have a lot more factual information and if they were to attend similar courses in Britain, I won't be surprised if they score high marks,” he said, adding that Aimst is following an integrated curriculum designed by Bristol University.
Aimst chairman Datuk Dr K. Ampikaipakan said 28 students are at present doing their first year in medicine, while December saw a second intake of 53 students.
He said an international advisory board chaired by Sir Richard Sykes has been set up to advise all faculties in Aimst, while local and foreign academics will be appointed to faculty advisory boards to be set up soon.