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IPTA offers 5% of places for medical courses to foreign students

NEW DELHI, Apr 5: The Malaysian government has agreed to offer five percent of the places at its public higher learning institutions (IPTA) for medical, dentistry and pharmacy courses to foreign students beginning this year.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the decision was made in line with the liberalisation of education in IPTA, parallel to the country’s endeavour to become an education hub.

He said public universities with the three programmes could set aside five percent of the places to foreign students who would be charged fees according to the prevailing market rate, unlike local students who are provided subsidy.

“The number of doctors in our country is sufficient, in fact we have more than enough. IPTA will benefit from this decision including interaction of our students with the foreign students,” he said.

He said this at a media conference at the end of his six-day official visit to India which began on March 30 in Chennai.–Bernama

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