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.