Predicting the success of MPharm graduates in the pharmacy twinning programme

Cho Naing Cho Naing, Noraidah Yusoff, Peng Nam Yeoh, Peter Pook Cheun Keat


Background: The twinning programme, an international collaborative education system with credit transfer scheme, is growing increasingly.

Aims: To determine the association between academic banding classification on admission and the end-point academic achievement and to identify predictor(s) for the end-point academic achievement in the twinning programme.

Method: A descriptive analysis of the database of 546 students in the twinning programme (2003-2007).

Results: A significant positive association was found between the students’ banding classification on admission to the admission university, International Medical University and their award on the first attempt at the degree-awarding university, University Strathclyde (UoS) in the United Kingdom (r = .113, p = 0.009). The credit-mark average from semester 1 through semester 5 in the admission university was the only significant predictor of the likelihood of end-point success in the twining programme (Odds ratio, 3.9; p < 0.001).

Conclusion: The academic performance in the pre-university institution and the admission institution were crucial for subsequent success in the twinning programme. 


Pharmacy, Twinning Programme, Achievements, Predictors

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