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Nelson Mandela University is confident that it has moved a step closer to establishing the country’s 10th Medical School following the evaluation and approval visit of the Health Professions Council of South African (HPCSA) and the Council on Higher Education (CHE) this week.

“The proceedings of the visit went well. The delegation was able to interact with our established faculty, systems, policies and governance,” the University’s Executive Dean of Health Sciences, Professor Lungile Pepeta, said.

The University must now await the official outcome of the professional bodies towards realising a dream that the institution has been working on for some time.

The delegation engaged in an intensive programme to examine the University’s readiness in terms of its curriculum, infrastructure, equipment, staff and student support in offering the new six-year MBChB degree at its Missionvale Campus.

The University hopes to welcome its first cohort of medical students in 2021, but must receive official accreditation before it can open applications.

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