Predicting the success of MPharm graduates in the pharmacy twinning programme


  • Cho Naing Cho Naing International Medical University, Kuala Lumpur
  • Noraidah Yusoff International Medical University, Kuala Lumpur
  • Peng Nam Yeoh International Medical University, Kuala Lumpur
  • Peter Pook Cheun Keat International Medical University, Kuala Lumpur


Pharmacy, Twinning Programme, Achievements, Predictors


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. 

Author Biographies

Cho Naing Cho Naing, International Medical University, Kuala Lumpur

Associate Professor, International Medical University

Peng Nam Yeoh, International Medical University, Kuala Lumpur

Professor, International Medical University

Peter Pook Cheun Keat, International Medical University, Kuala Lumpur

Excutive Dean, International Medical University


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