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Love finds a way: Memorial student from Malaysia staying in province

Ref. No. 140

DATE:     May 29, 2002
SUBJECT:     Love finds a way: Memorial student from Malaysia staying in province

Convocation 2002 at Memorial

When Sheau Chian Ng joined the medical class of 2002 in April 2000, she didn't expect to be staying on in Newfoundland to do her residency. But love intervened, and she and classmate Trent Parsons, a native of Codroy, both plan to do family medicine and then work in western Newfoundland for at least two years.

In order to stay in the province, Ms. Ng has signed a contract with the provincial government to provide a minimum of two years of service. Memorial's Faculty of Medicine has an agreement with Malaysia's International Medical College to accept two students per year for the final two years of undergraduate training, but international students normally return to their home country for residency training.

The biggest culture shock in moving to Newfoundland for the Malaysian native was the weather. From 30 degrees Celsius in her home country to the wintry chills of April in St. John's, Ms. Ng didn't enjoy the weather when she first arrived. She's adjusted somewhat and relates with enthusiasm the pleasure of making her first snowman. Another cultural first was carving a pumpkin for Halloween.

Other than the weather, there weren't a lot of adjustments for the Malaysian student. The first two years of her education were at the International Medical College in Kuala Lumpur, where classes are taught in English. Ms. Ng said the curriculum between the two schools is very similar, and the only difficulty adjusting was to tune her ear to some of the patients' local dialects.

Although she will remain in Newfoundland and work here, Ms. Ng plans to retain her Malaysian citizenship. She said her family is pleased with the opportunities open to her. And this June she'll have the chance to introduce Mr. Parsons to the rest of her family (her mother has already met him on a visit to Newfoundland and given her nod of approval) when they travel to Malaysia for a vacation in June.

Memorial University of Newfoundland is the largest university in Atlantic Canada, with more than 16,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Outstanding research in a variety of disciplines and extraordinary teaching in more than 250 academic programs, plus a strong tradition of service to the community, are the university's hallmarks. Memorial's diverse offerings are available at in four distinctive campus locations - in Newfoundland and in England - on the Web and in field courses around the world, providing a rich learning experience for students from this province and, increasingly, elsewhere.

In addition to providing personal and intellectual growth, a Memorial University education prepares students for fulfilling careers. According to a recent survey conducted by the provincial government, one year after Convocation over 80 per cent of Memorial graduates had found full-time employment related to their field of study.

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For further information, please contact Deborah Inkpen, acting manager, News Service, Memorial University, 737-8665, cell # 687-9243, e-mail: inkpend@mun.ca.


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