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Malaysian medical students arrive

9 March 2005

The first batch of students studying the Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery through Monash's Malaysia campus arrived in Clayton last week to begin their studies.

First-year medical students Hawa Yasir, Hakimah Yusop and Afif Jamaludin.

The 52 students will spend the next two years working with their Australian colleagues in lecture theatres and on clinical rounds while the new Malaysia campus is being built in Bandar Sunway.

They are due to return to the Malaysia campus to complete their degrees in 2007.

Dean of Medicine Professor Ed Byrne welcomed the international students and said he was delighted to have them at Clayton.

"This is a fantastic opportunity for the students," he said. "They will follow exactly the same curriculum as their local counterparts and gain valuable practical experience."

Malaysian student Ms Hakimah Yusop said she was very excited to be studying in Australia.

"This course is much more hands-on than those in Malaysia, which will give us more practical experience than other students back at home," she said.

Mr Afif Jamaludin agreed the strong clinical emphasis was an attractive element of the Monash course.

"In Malaysia, there is a more traditional method of teaching, so here in Australia we will gain an enormous amount of experience in just two years, which is great," he said.