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PM Lee visits Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School

10 December 2012

PM Lee interacting with students in the TeamLEAD room

PM Lee and his Ministers with the Duke-NUS Class of 2016
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, together with Minister for Health Mr Gan Kim Yong, Minister for Education Mr Heng Swee Keat, and Second Minister for Home Affairs and Trade and Industry Mr S Iswaran visited Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore on 6 December.

Hosted by Mr Tony Chew, Duke-NUS' Governing Board Chairman, PM Lee and the Ministers were briefed on the Medical School's progress by Dean Professor Ranga Krishnan as well as Professor Robert Kamei (Vice Dean, Education) and Professor Patrick Casey (Senior Vice Dean, Research). The visitors showed great interest in the school's education methodology and research achievements and capabilities, asking thought-provoking questions and giving valuable comments.

Programme Director Wang Linfa led PM Lee and the Ministers on a tour of the Emerging Infectious Diseases (EID) research laboratories. The EID is one of Duke-NUS' five Signature Research Programmes, and among its key projects being conducted is a drug treating dengue fever.

PM Lee observed a TeamLEAD session taking place via video stream and participated in this innovative interactive learning experience. Prof Kamei and his team demonstrated how students use a mobile phone application to answer questions. TeamLEAD has been such a success that Duke University and other Ivy League institutions in the US are implementing the Singapore-developed methodology.

The visitors then met with students from the Class of 2016 in the TeamLEAD room, where they had a lively interactive session. The students enthusiastically mingled and engaged with the PM and Ministers on various subjects.

The fruitful visit provided the Prime Minister and his Ministers a deeper insight into key Duke-NUS developments and how the School is helping to transform medicine and improve lives.

Read more on the visit here.

By Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School