China has clarified that apart from the 45 listed universities, foreign students will be taught medicine in Chinese; Indian students should be ready to learn Chinese while study medicine in China, and receive their degree in Chinese – and not in English.
Only 45 medical universities in China are qualified to teach MBBS degrees in English and are authorized to admit foreign students, including those from India, the Chinese ministry of education (MoE) has said, warning that teaching MBBS courses under a bilingual curriculum in English and Chinese is “strictly prohibited”.
The MoE statement comes ahead of the 2019 admission season when thousands of Indians students are expected to apply to medical colleges across China.
“Schools not listed (in the list of 45 universities) shall not recruit undergraduate students majoring in clinical medicine (teaching in English) to come to China, but only undergraduate students majoring in clinical medicine taught in Chinese,” the MoE statement said.
It added – “…the training standards (studying outside the list of 45 universities) shall not be lower than the standard for those of undergraduate students majoring in clinical medicine in China. ‘Bilingual Teaching’ teaching mode to recruit foreign students in MBBS is strictly prohibited,” the MoE statement said.
What the statement means is that outside of the 45 universities, foreign students will be taught medicine in Chinese; Indian students should be ready to learn Chinese while studying medicine, and receive their degree in Chinese – and not in English.
In 2018, the number of Indian students studying medicine in China had crossed 21000 – mark, the highest for India since China allowed foreign students to study the subject here in 2003.
The number of Indian medical students has been rising rapidly in China in the last couple of years – More than 7000 Indians have been rushing to China annually to study medicine since 2016.
HT, however, has learned that more than 8000 Indian medical students are currently enrolled in some 216 medical universities in China that are not – under MoE regulations – authorized to hand out MBBS degrees in English.
Instead, they could even end-up receiving a degree in traditional Chinese medicine or TCM at the end of their 5 to 6 year course.
Over the years, there have been several cases in which students from India have been misled into believing that they will get MBBS degrees in English from these 200 – plus universities.
Many Indian students – outside the 45 universities – end up holding a TCM degree, which would not have given them any clinical exposure and little knowledge of modern medicine.
A major reason for Indian students flocking to China to study medicine is that it costs less to get a degree in medicine here than in India.
It usually costs between Rs 3 lakh and Rs 5 lakh annually in the listed 45 universities; in the remaining 216 universities, the rates are cheaper at Rs 1.5 lakh to Rs 2 lakh every year.
The Indian embassy said in a statement on Monday that it has been receiving queries from “…prospective Indian students and their parents with respect to study MBBS in China and colleges in China which are authorized to impart MBBS courses to foreign students”.
“Prospective students are advised to note carefully that only these 45 Chinese Universities are authorized to admit international students for an MBBS degree in English,” the statement added.
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