La Trobe Rural’s Health School (LRHS) partnership with Singapore’s PSB Academy is growing.
From humble beginnings with just 174 students in 2015, PSB Academy now has 1447 students across the science and biomedical science degree programs run by LRHS’s Department of Rural Clinical Sciences.
Partnership coordinator Dr Jenny Selkirk-Bell said growth has been steady, even through the pandemic years.
Jenny puts this down to the quality of the programs and the prospects they provide Singapore students.
“We’ve seen PSB graduates, who study the same subjects we teach across our regional Victorian campuses, pursue exciting careers in major hospitals, diagnostic labs and research centres as well as postgrad studies in places like Duke-NUS Medical School, University of Sydney and of course, La Trobe.”
The partnership with PSB Academy is La Trobe’s largest offshore program and is key to enhancing La Trobe’s reputation in Asia’s most important economic centre.
“More than support ties between Singapore and La Trobe, the program enhances the quality of our curriculum and teaching,” Jenny said.
“We consistently peer-review our courses with our Singapore partners, which helps us fine tune the programs we deliver at La Trobe.”
Kate Chen, Assistant Director of PSB Academy’s School of Health and Life Sciences said the partnership owes its ongoing success to a close and collaborative relationship between La Trobe and PSB staff.
“Both teams are constantly communicating and are always open to improving the student experience.”
“Trust on both sides has been built through the years, which is what keeps the partnership going strongly.”
More than 350 students completed their degree in 2023, most of whom graduated in late November.