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NMU to offer medical studies

Date: Jan 8, 2019

NMU to offer medical studies soon

The recruitment of students for SA’s second post-apartheid medical school at the Nelson Mandela University (NMU) in Port Elizabeth will start soon, with the first batch expected to start classes in January 2020.

This was revealed by NMU vice-chancellor Dr Sibongile Mutwa in an exclusive interview.

“We are waiting for our final accreditations from the Health Professional Council of South Africa [HPCSA] and the Council for Higher Education.

“We are waiting for final approvals. We are also awaiting final approval from health minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, and that will give us the final go-ahead,” Mutwa said.

She said advertising for student recruitment would start between March and June, and staff recruitment was expected to start in July.

Mutwa said the medical school would fall under the university’s health science faculty and would be housed at their Missionvalle campus near Zwide township, Port Elizabeth.

“This campus is actually ideal, as it is closer to both Dora Nginza and Livingstone hospitals, which will be used for practical training,” she added.

NMU health science dean Professor Lungile Pepeta said they had started the process of recruiting a project manager and health science portfolio educationist.

“These two posts are crucial for us getting all the accreditations,” he said.

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