Sir Keith said: "Imperial is delighted to be strengthening its links with Singapore and cementing our medical school partnership with NTU. Working hand in hand, we will help to meet Singapore's future healthcare needs by creating the Imperial College-Nanyang Technological University Medical School, which will train doctors equipped for tomorrow's challenges. We hope that the new medical school will be a source of great pride for all involved in its development, especially Imperial's community of nearly 2,000 alumni based in Singapore."
Presiding over the signing ceremony were Minister for Education and Second Minister for Defence, Dr Ng Eng Hen, and Minister for Health, Mr Khaw Boon Wan.
Dr Ng said, "Today's ceremony marks a very important and exciting milestone for NTU and ICNMS. I was keen to facilitate this partnership as Imperial College has been able to marry their capabilities in engineering and medicine to strengthen both faculties. I saw parallels in Imperial's development with NTU's potential and strategic direction. The new medical school is an important project for Singapore as it will contribute to better and more effective ways to train more doctors in Singapore to meet future healthcare challenges. The Ministry of Education is fully supportive of this partnership, and I wish the school success in the years ahead."
Mr Khaw said, "A third medical school is necessary to meet the needs of a growing population which is also ageing. Starting a new medical school is however a major endeavour. But given the partnership between NTU, Imperial College and our healthcare system, I am confident that it will be a great success, adding value to our two existing world-
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