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Securing medical seats in UK for Kuwaiti students difficult Cultural office embarks on constant negotiations to ink deals with top varieties

KUWAIT CITY, May 27: Head of the Cultural Office in United Kingdom (UK) Dr Mohamed Al- Hajri disclosed the difficulty in securing seats for Kuwaiti students pursuing medical studies in the UK, reports Al-Rai daily. In an interview with the daily, Al- Hajri noted that nearly 1,500 foreign students compete for a small number of seats not exceeding 17 seats each in 30 universities that offer medicine, indicating a total of 510 seats are available for medical students in all 30 universities.

He explained that nearly 3,400 Kuwaiti students are studying in UK, where about 155 universities have been accredited and four are on suspension. He added the office embarks on constant negotiations to sign agreements with the renowned universities to increase the seats for Kuwaiti students in their various specialties, noting the sector recently concluded agreements with the universities of Manchester, Briton West, Glasgow, Birmingham, Nottingham and New Castle to allot 60 seats for dental and medical students.

He pointed out that some commercial offices push Kuwaiti students to study English language at the institutes on the pretext of improving communication skills and understanding, stressing the students and guardians in most cases decline to heed the instructions of the cultural office and in the end discover that such institutes are substandard.

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