ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s University of Colombo has offered medical degrees for foreign students with a total payment of $62,500 for the five year course the island nation is trying to boost the foreign inflows after an unprecedented economic crisis.
The medical degree is open for students who have got minimum 2 Credit (C) passes and a Simple (S) pass in the subjects of Biology, Chemistry, and Physics at a foreign examination held outside Sri Lanka, deemed equivalent to local G.C.E. Advanced level examination, the University of Colombo said in an advertisement.
Minister for Higher Education, Suren Raghavan said the government’s plan is to increase the foreign students in the local degree programme to 500.
“We have had 165 foreign students last year,” Raghavan, told EconomyNext.
“Yet, we can increase the number of foreign students by using KDU (Kotelawala Defence University) as it has capacity. So, we wish to target 500 students per year. We are also trying to increase the foreign students in the law
Millions of US dollars are spent on Sri Lankan medical students choosing to study abroad and the outflow also contributed to the ongoing unprecedented economic crisis.
“We charge them almost two and a half times as a local student,” Raghavan said, referring to foreign undergraduates.
“Every foreign student is supporting another one and a half local students.”
Successive government’s efforts to open private medical faculties have ended in bloodbath with strong protests from leftists and Marxists.
North Colombo University in Ragama and South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) were forced to close after such protests. Later, the North Colombo University was incorporated as the medical faculty of state-run University of Keleniya, while SAITM was absorbed by KDU. (Colombo/Oct 13/2023)