Over 1,400 students apply for 70 medical school places

More and more Namibians are applying for programmes offered by the University of Namibia’s School of Medicine, which receives over a thousand applications annually for only 70 available places, writes Albertina Nakale for New Era.

To address an acute deficiency of qualified medical doctors, Namibia established the first medical school, namely the University of Namibia’s School of Medicine, which welcomed its first intake of students in 2010.

Providing an update last week in the National Assembly on the admission of the first-year medical students at UNAM, Higher Education Minister Itah Kandjii-Murangi said that for 2023 the school received 1,428 applications. “The interest to pursue medicine among the Namibian citizenry is very high. Of these applicants, only 337 met the minimum requirement for admission into medical training. From this figure, only 70 students could be admitted, and 267 students could not be admitted due to limited space and other factors,” the minister announced.
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