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MSEC update

The latest exciting project developments from our consultancy unit

New Giza University (Egypt)

Following a scoping visit coordinated by MSEC, the UCL Medical School, UCL School of Pharmacy and the UCL Eastman Dental Institute have now entered into the next phase of the NGU project.

Over five days the teams from UCL and New Giza UniversityNGU signing finalised the details of the cross-faculty agreement.

All three UCL departments are currently working with NGU and their Supreme Council of Universities in Egypt to finalise the curriculum specifications for the three new undergraduate programmes.  One of the aims of NGU in the design of its new faculty for health sciences is to support inter-professional working. For this purpose, a joint introductory semester, which medicine, pharmacy and dentistry students jointly attend, is currently being designed by the MSEC team with colleagues from Pharmacy and Dentistry.


Ningbo University (China)

Ningbo_University_LogoOur sixth cohort of Ningbo doctors will start their new programme at UCL and their assigned hospitals in October 2016. The group will be with us until just after Christmas. The aims of these placements are for the doctors to observe and gain an understanding of the mechanics behind high quality teaching , the variety of ways students learn (peer-to-peer learning, tutorials, seminars, Moodle), undertake clinical placements in their specialty, while also developing their written and oral English skills. These doctors will then return to Ningbo University with the aim of implementing what they have learnt here in their own institution with their own students.

We are currently in the process of allocating placements (teaching and clinical observation) for each of the 13 incoming doctors at our teaching hospitals. We will also be looking for volunteers to help mentor these doctors in the next few months, so if you’re interested in becoming a mentor please contact Fatema Limbada on f.limbada@ucl.ac.uk



The Fakeeh Group (Saudi Arabia and Dubai)

MSEC recently hosted a three-day planning and visioning conference for senior Fakeeh Group representatives. The conference aimed to bring together the key stakeholders from the Fakeeh Group with a range of experts from UCL to undertake a formal needs analysis and to begin to refine the aims and vision of the Silicon Oasis campus (Dubai), the university, the planned programs to be developed and delivered, and the human resources and facilities requirements to deliver this vision.

MSEC will continue to work with the Fakeeh Group to develop more detailed proposals, based on the findings of the conference, to support them to develop their new campus in Dubai.


Umm Al-Qura University (UQU)

We have now successfully completed our first year of this five-year project with UQU during which we delivered our first workshop, focused on assessments, for UQU staff. We also hosted sessions focused on quality assurance and the importance and role of professional services. The main aim of these sessions was to show how the academic and the professional service staff work closely together in tandem to deliver a modern, effective and student-centred MBBS programme.

We also hosted a small group of UQU staff in London in July who observed how we ran our OSCEs for Year 4 students, and we will also be supporting UQU as they launch their own new integrated MBBS curriculum in September 2016. Based on our own MBBS 2012 experience of launching our new curriculum, we expect this to be a period of excitement and challenge and we wish them every success.


The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) – Faculty of Physician Associates

MSEC has recently entered into an agreement with the RCP to support them to develop their Physician Associate exam questions and standard setting. The Faculty of Physician Associates was launched in July 2015 in an effort to support and promote the development of the Physician Associate profession in the UK. Dr Alison Sturrock will be the academic lead for the project.

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