NMU Establishes 10th Medical School in SA

The Nelson Mandela University will be opening South Africa's tenth medical school and is set to enrol its first intake in March. 

On Monday the Nelson Mandela University's (NMU) Vice Chancellor, Professor Sibongile Muthwa announced that the medical school was set to open. 

Located at NMU's Missionvale Campus in Port Elizabeth the medical school was approved and registered by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) for the university to offer the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) qualification. 

Applications will open on January 6 and the first intake is set to enrol in March. 

The decision to establish this medical school was taken on 6 July 2016 as Minister of Higher Education and Training, Blade Nzimande requested that the university expand its existing portfolio of health sciences programmes in ten different health professional categories. 

The approval of SAQA was the final step in the extensive accreditation process and the journey towards NMU's medical school. NMU Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Cheryl Foxcroft says hard work has gone into getting approval from the three tiers of government and the regulatory bodies. In this process the curriculum, infrastructure, equipment, staff, student support and agreements with stakeholders were under review. 

“It gives me the greatest pleasure to announce that Nelson Mandela University has received the final approval to offer the MBChB in the country’s 10th medical school and the Eastern Cape’s second, with effect from the 2021 academic year,” Muthwa said.

Muthwa extended her gratitude to the university community and everyone who played a role in making the medical school come into fruition.

Professor Foxcroft says the university's philosophy about the intake is to be community focused, so 60% of the intake will be from quintile 1 to quintile 3 schools which are usually disadvantaged schools. 

The first cohort will be made up of 50 students. 

Muthwa said the final accreditation came at an important time as South Africa has been battling the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic that has placed great pressure on the health system. 

“We look forward to collaborating with all our partner institutions, provincially and nationally, in producing fit-for-purpose, service-oriented and civic-minded medical professionals committed to making a difference in the lives of the disadvantaged.” said Professor Foxcroft. 





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