More opportunities to study medicine abroad will be given – Higher Education Minister

Minister of Higher Education, Dr. Ibrahim Hassan has revealed that the Ministry intends to offer additional loans and scholarship opportunities to interested applicants to study medicine abroad.

Speaking in the Parliament, the Higher Education Minister said that currently, as per the Ministry’s policy, loans or scholarships are not offered for applicants to study abroad for programs that are offered in the Maldives. However, the Ministry intends to announce opportunities to study medicine and other prospective programs with the amendment of the policies.

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Maldives began the first-ever Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) program last year with the establishment of the Medical School f Maldives National University (MNU).

Currently, over 49 students are pursuing medical degrees at the Medical School. Students can study the program for free as MBBS is included under the first free degree scheme initiated by the government.

The Minister also stated that the Ministry of Higher Education is also revising its policies on issuance of loans to accommodate student representations from all parts of the country.

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