North West University moves to open SA’s 11th medical school

North West University emblem.

  • A medical school is being deliberate for the North West University.
  • A activity staff made up of college and authorities representatives was fashioned to head the project.
  • It would be the 11th medical school within the nation.

The impression of the Covid-19 pandemic has strengthened the North West University’s case to set up a medical school within the province, the establishment has mentioned.

“The possibility of establishing a medical school was mooted as long ago as 2006, but it was only in 2017 that planning moved into high gear. Once final approval is granted by the relevant authorities, the NWU will become the 11th university medical school in the country,” the college mentioned in a press release.

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A college staff fashioned to lead the project met with provincial and nationwide authorities representatives in March, when a joint activity staff was established. The activity staff weighed in on neighborhood well being wants and prices related to such a project.

“With the announcement of the opening of the new medical school in the Eastern Cape, the high cost of operating such a school came under the spotlight. However, the medical fraternity and societal formations appear to agree that the need for trained medical staff, particularly doctors, far outweighs the costs of setting up and operating medical schools,” the assertion mentioned.

“Moreover, the NWU has crafted a unique and compelling value proposition in their planning for the proposed new NWU Medical School that would see the typical establishment and operating costs slashed without any sacrifice in terms of quality of training and eventual outcome.”

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University within the Eastern Cape was the most recent establishment to set up a medical school in 2020, making it the tenth medical school within the nation and the second within the province.

NWU has three campuses, in Mahikeng and Potchefstroom within the North West, and in Vanderbijlpark in Gauteng.

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