Higher Education Council puts caps on medicine, dentistry enrollment

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AMMAN — The Higher Education Council announced on Monday, September 11, that a limit will be placed on the number of students studying medicine and dentistry at universities for the years 2023-2024 and on to 2027-2028.اضافة اعلان

Under the plan, which was endorsed at a meeting chaired by Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Azmi Mauhafzah, 1,000 students will be admitted in human medicine studies, distributed as follows: 200 University of Jordan (UoJ), 150 at Yarmouk University, 150 at Mutah University, 200 at Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST), 150 at Hashemite University (HU), and 150 at Balqa Applied University, Jordan News Agency, Petra reported.

The Council also said that 300 students will be enrolled in dentistry; 100 in each of the faculties of UoJ, JUST, and HU, (after the Hashemite University obtains special accreditation).

Admission reductions
In the 2024-2025 academic year, only 800 medicine students will be admitted in all public universities, and admissions to dentistry faculties will be reduced by 20 percent.

As for the academic year 2025-2026 and beyond, only 640 students will be enrolled in medicine in all Jordanian universities, and there will be a 20 percent reduction in dentistry admission numbers for 2025-2026 alone.

Curbing unemployment
The Council highlighted the need to cut the number of graduates in these two specializations to curb unemployment among them in the future. Jordan currently suffers from over-saturation in these fields, and their graduates face severe unemployment and under-payment.

The Higher Education Council stressed that the decision came to control the quality of higher education outputs, particularly in these two key specializations, through abiding by the capacities of universities and checking current increases in admission numbers. More students require more resources and teaching hours, by limiting the number of students these universities are given a chance to focus on education quality over quantity.

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