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Medical school admissions quotas in South Korea will increase by 1,550 next year

SEOUL: South Korea’s medical schools are expected to admit about 1,550 more students next year as they finalize plans to increase admissions quotas.

The number marks a slight decline from the government’s previous decision to add 2,000 seats, Yonhap news agency reported.

Under the government’s revised directive announced last month, universities will be allowed to freely increase their admission quotas, with the annual increase ranging from 50 to 100 percent from 2025.

“The 32 medical schools covered by the increase had submitted their final plans to the Korean University Education Council until yesterday,” Prime Minister Han Duck-soo said at a government meeting he chaired on Wednesday, referring to the country’s university governing body. .

Assuming that the four universities that have not announced their enrollment quotas opt for a 100 percent increase, the total number of available seats would hover around 1,550, down 450 from the initial 2,000.

The municipality will announce the exact number of admissions on Thursday.

The council will soon start deliberating on the proposed changes to the admission plans and will inform the universities about the outcome at the end of this month.

More than 90 percent of the country’s 13,000 trainee doctors have been on strike since February 20 over mass layoffs, protesting the government’s decision to significantly increase the enrollment quota for medical schools. In solidarity with medical interns and residents, medical professors from major general hospitals across the country have joined the movement.

In an effort to break the impasse with doctors, the government last month accepted a request from the heads of six national universities for flexibility in expanding the enrollment quota for medical schools, the report said.