Thursday, September 14, 2006

Cuba offers Malaysia 30 medical seats


Cuba's Acting President Raul Castro, left, shakes hands with Malaysia's Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday. Abdullah is in Havana to participate in the Nonaligned Summit. - AP pic by Raul Abreu

The Star Online, Malaysia

Thursday September 14, 2006

Update by The Star Newsdesk

BY K. PARKARAN

HAVANA: Cuba has offered Malaysia 30 seats at a free medical school funded by the government, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said.

However, the Prime Minister said the relevant authorities would have to evaluate the Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM) first before the offer could be accepted.

"I will ask the Health and Higher Education Ministries to ascertain if we can recognise the medical degrees offered," he told Malaysian journalists here on Wednesday (Thursday morning in Malaysia).

Abdullah, who spent more than an hour at ELAM, said the Cuban effort to set up a free medical school for poor foreigners was remarkable.

"This is an effective way of eradicating poverty," he added.

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