Friday, May 6, 2011

Malaysia: Medical course freeze for 5 years

The government agreed to implement a moratorium or a freeze on new course offerings in the medical field for five years by any institution of higher learning (IPT) that want to offer the course on 1 May.

Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin (pictured) said the suspension is a form of control should be exercised to ensure that the number of medical graduates produced by institutions of higher learning offering medical courses available to high quality medical training.

He said so far there are 33 public and private institutions of higher learning involved has been offering courses on the undergraduate medical education.

"The implementation of this suspension did not affect the number of medical personnel required for the production of national medical graduates from 33 institutions of higher learning in addition to existing international medical graduates who return to Malaysia are available," he said.

He was speaking at a press conference after witnessing the signing of a memorandum of agreement between the Institute for Professional Development, Open University Malaysia (IPD-OUM) to the Master Builders Association Malaysia (PPBM) on this day.

At the ceremony of the MoU, the IPD-OUM OUM represented by Senior Vice President, Professor Dr. Mansor Fadzil PPBM represented while president, Kwan Foh Kwai.

Mohamed Khaled said, by freezing it, Malaysia is believed to be able to produce the amount of adequate medical doctors in 2020 with a target ratio of one doctor to 400 people.

He said so far there are about 33 public and private institutions of higher learning involves offering courses undergraduate medical education.

Earlier, Mohamed Khaled said in his speech said that today the industry is competitive, and requires a skilled workforce that can compete locally and internationally.

"Therefore, cooperation between OUM and MBAM will certainly enhance the marketability of the construction workers that can help boost growth in the construction industry," he said.

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