Materia Medica Malaysiana

September 30, 2004

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Filed under: Uncategorized — malaysianmedicine @ 9:39 am

Places in public medical schools to go up

PUTRAJAYA: More places to study medicine in public universities will be up for grabs from next year.

Higher Education Minister Datuk Dr Shafie Salleh said the total number of places would be increased from the present 4,625 to 6,045 by 2009.

The 31% increase, he said, would provide more top scorers with the opportunity to pursue their dream of becoming doctors.

“We are adopting a strategy of increasing the number of places in public universities incrementally so that our resources, especially lecturers, will not be overstretched,” he told reporters after chairing his ministry’s post-Cabinet meeting on Wednesday.

Next year, the number of places in the country’s six public medical faculties will be increased by 200. The number will go up by another 245 in 2006, 285 in 2007, 335 in 2008 and 355 in 2009.

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