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NUS-Duke partnership goes from strength to strength

01 December 2010

DUKE-NUS PHASE II AGREEMENT SIGNING CEREMONY: (Front row, from left) Ms Yong Ying-I, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health; Dr Victor Dzau, Chancellor for Health Affairs, Duke University; Mr Khaw Boon Wan, Minister for Health; Dr Ng Eng Hen, Minister for Education; Prof Tan Chorh Chuan, NUS President; Mr Tony Chew, Chairman, Duke-NUS Governing Board. (Back row, from left) Mr Roy Quek, Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Health, Prof Tan Ser Kiat, Group CEO, SingHealth; Dr Michael Merson, Vice Chancellor for Duke-NUS Affairs; Prof Ranga Krishnan, Dean, Duke-NUS; Prof Tan Eng Chye, Provost, NUS; and Mr Ng Cher Pong, Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Education

MEDIA INTERVIEW: (From left) Dr Victor J. Dzau, MD, Chancellor for Health Affairs, Duke University and CEO of the Duke University Health System; Prof Tan Chorh Chuan, NUS President; and Prof Ranga Krishnan, Dean of Duke-NUS
NUS and Duke University are extending their strategic collaboration in medical education and research, in view of strong progress in the first phase of their partnership. Witnessing the Duke-NUS Phase II Agreement signing on 30 November 2010 were Singapore's Health Minister Khaw Boon Wan and Education Minister Ng Eng Hen.

"Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School has made remarkable progress since the landmark collaboration between Duke and NUS was established in April 2005. In this short space of time, Duke-NUS has established a strong reputation, attracting a great mix of bright students and distinguished faculty from around the world. The Duke-NUS' educational model is very distinctive, and the School has also contributed strongly to Singapore's Biomedical Sciences (BMS) Initiative through its cutting-edge research," said NUS President Prof Tan Chorh Chuan.

He added: "I would say that this partnership has greatly exceeded our already high initial expectations. The second phase of this partnership with Duke promises to be even more exciting and productive. Together with the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, I fully expect Duke-NUS to make even greater contributions for the benefit of the community in Singapore and beyond."

Said Dr Victor J. Dzau, MD, Chancellor for Health Affairs, Duke University and CEO of the Duke University Health System: "The success of Duke-NUS is integral to the success of Duke Medicine's mission of transforming medicine and health to improve peoples' lives around the world through service, research and education. Duke will continue to build relationships with strategic partners around the world, but we will always see Duke-NUS as the crown jewel of our international activities."

In Phase II, Duke-NUS will leverage on the excellent infrastructure that has been put in place during Phase I to further expand and integrate education, research and clinical care. The School will train doctors, future clinician-scientists and researchers, while building on and spurring foundational, translational and patient-oriented research to benefit patients in Singapore and the region.

Over the next five years, Duke-NUS will also be working closely with SingHealth to further develop and strengthen healthcare delivery, education and research at the Outram Campus.

Duke-NUS Dean Prof Ranga Krishnan said: "In the school's next phase of growth, Duke-NUS and its partner, SingHealth, will create a new model of Academic Medicine, founded on our combined strengths in clinical medicine, foundational and translational research and education, and anchored by a strong collaborative spirit. Together, we will form an integrated working enterprise that guides and promotes the future of medicine, and the prospects are certainly very promising."