Higher education council raises medicine and dentistry entry bar to 90%

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AMMAN — The Higher Education Council, in its session held on Monday, September 11, 2023 under the leadership of Dr. Azmi Mahafzah, the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, has made significant decisions regarding the fields of Medicine and Dentistry in non-Jordanian universities for the academic year 2024-2025.اضافة اعلان

First and foremost, the Council has approved the elevation of the minimum required high school GPA for admission to Medicine and Dentistry programs in universities outside Jordan to 90 percent starting from the academic year 2024-2025.

Additionally, the Council has outlined a comprehensive plan to determine the allocated number of admissions for these fields in official Jordanian universities from the academic years 2023-2024 to 2027-2028:

For the Academic Year 2023-2024, the following allocations have been approved:
     A total of (1000) students will be admitted to the field of Human Medicine, distributed among official universities as follows:
     Jordan University (200) students.
     Yarmouk University (150) students.
    Mutah University (150) students.
    Jordan University of Science and Technology (200) students.
    Hashemite University (150) students.
     Al-Balqa Applied University (150) students.
     Additionally, (300) students will be admitted to the field of Dentistry, divided equally among Jordan University, Jordan University of Science and Technology, and Hashemite University (following Hashemite University's accreditation).

Looking ahead to the Academic Year 2024-2025:
    Only (800) students will be allocated for admission in the field of Human Medicine across all official Jordanian universities. Furthermore, there will be a 20% reduction in the specified number of admissions for Dentistry.

For the Academic Year 2025-2026 and beyond:
   A total of (640) students will be admitted to the field of Human Medicine in official Jordanian universities, and again, there will be a 20% reduction in the specified number of admissions for Dentistry for the year 2025-2026 only.

The council underscored that these decisions are part of their commitment to ensuring the quality of education outcomes in these critical fields within the Jordanian higher education sector. Moreover, they aim to preserve the esteemed reputation of Jordanian universities in these disciplines. This will be achieved by aligning admissions with university capacities and addressing concerns regarding excessive enrollments. The Council also emphasized the importance of reducing the number of graduates in these fields to mitigate potential future unemployment issues.

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