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Signed and sealed in Singapore

19 January 2009

A new agreement between Singapore's Republic Polytechnic (RP) and the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences will strengthen Monash’s relationship with one of Australia’s close neighbours.

The agreement makes way for students in the three-year Diploma in Biomedical Sciences and Diploma in Biotechnology courses at RP to articulate into two Monash degree courses: the Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Bachelor of Radiography and Medical Imaging at Monash.

The agreement builds on a current program under which RP students in the Diploma in Biomedical Science can articulate into the third year of the Bachelor of Biomedical Science at Monash. "We are extremely proud of our ties with this progressive institution and the top students who choose to continue their studies at Monash," said Professor Leon Piterman, Senior Deputy Dean (International), who signed the agreement with Mr Yeo Li Pheow, Principal and CEO of RP.

"Graduates of Republic Polytechnic demonstrate a drive to succeed academically that is built upon the solid foundation of their Singaporean qualifications. They contribute greatly to the intellectual culture of our Australian campuses."

RP students must obtain a distinction average to articulate into Monash degrees. Their academic dedication means that many RP graduates who study Biomedical Science at Monash continue on to higher degrees by research.

"This agreement opens new possibilities for Republic Polytechnic students who are keen to pursue professional careers in support of the allied healthcare industry, either as radiographers or dieticians," said Dr Terence Chong, Director of the School of Applied Science, RP.

"The new program is the first of its kind in Singapore, which allows students with a biomedical science or biotechnology diploma to obtain advanced articulations into professionally accredited healthcare bachelor's degree programmes. We are delighted with the growing relationship between the two institutions and look forward to building upon our success."

Established in 2003, RP is the newest and most progressive of Singapore's five polytechnics. Students are taught using the problem-based learning (PBL) approach with a unique 'One-Day-One-Problem' teaching method, and are graded daily in each class.

Designed by award-winning Japanese architect Fumihiko Maki, the RP campus in Woodlands is wireless and largely paperless, with almost all academic and administrative work carried out on computer.


Participants at the signing ceremony in Singapore

Participants at the signing ceremony in Singapore, held on 8 December. From left: Professor Tony Luff, Associate Dean (International), and Professor Leon Piterman, Senior Deputy Dean, from the Monash Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences; and Mr Yeo Li Pheow, Principal/CEO of Republic Polytechnic, and Mr Ashley Chua, Assistant Director (Administration), School of Applied Science.