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  • Sunday, 16 Nov 2008

TRADITIONAL Chinese Medicine is gaining popularity outside China. As such, foreign universities are fast responding to the rising demand for qualified practitioners by offering twinning programmes in traditional Chinese medicine with top universities like Beijing University of Chinese Medicine (BUCM).

Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU), for example, offers a double degree programme in biomedical science and traditional Chinese medicine.

According to NTU’s website, students enrolled in the double degree programme spend three years at NTU’s School of Biological Sciences, with the remaining two attached to BUCM for their advanced clinical training.

They will receive two degrees upon completion of the programme — a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Biomedical Sciences from NTU and a Bachelor of Medicine (traditional Chinese medicine) from NTU-BUCM.

To encourage students to study traditional Chinese medicine, NTU launched a scholarship programme, together with healthcare company Eu Yan Sang International last year.

In Australia, the University of Sydney is set to play an active role in the research and development of traditional Chinese medicine with the establishment of the Australia-China Centre for Research in Chinese Medicines (ACCRCM). This is a joint collaboration between the University of Sydney and Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China.

RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, also offers programmes in traditional Chinese medicine at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Meanwhile, Middlesex University in the United Kingdom offers a M Sc (Chinese medicine) designed for existing practitioners. For clinical practice, students can choose to train in either BUCM or the university’s affiliated training clinic, the Asante Academy of Chinese Medicine, in the United Kingdom, according to the university’s website.

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