Tuesday, February 22, 2011

KUALA LUMPUR: The first batch of more than 1,000 medical students is set to return to Egypt on March 25 to complete their education and examinations.

MedicMesir (a student placement agency) spokesman Muhammad Farees Mohamad Faizal Asri said efforts were being carried out to book airline tickets at a discounted rate.

"We are working at gathering as many students as possible for their return to Egypt during this period," he said yesterday.

For now, Farees said, Egypt Air, Gulf Air and Etihad Airways had agreed to provide students who had returned under MedicMesir with discounted tickets.

"Priority would be given to University AlAzhar (Feb 26) and Tanta (March 8) students whose examinations are around the corner," he said.

However, Farees said, there were a number of students who had chosen to return on their own.

"We just started yesterday. So far, only about 100 students have confirmed their seats with us," he said, adding the initiative would be carried out from March 25 to April 8.

Students who wish to return with MedicMesir can register at www.medicmesir.com.

Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin said students must wait for an announcement by the National Security Council on the security in Egypt before returning.

He said ministry representatives, sponsors and embassy officials had been discussing with university and ministry officials there since Monday to determine when Malaysians students could resume classes.

"The discussions are expected to be completed by the month end."

Khaled said a meeting with Alexandria University officials concluded that fourth and fifth-year medical students could begin classes by March 19, and the first to third year students could start by March 26.

First and second year dental students could resume classes by April 2 with examinations scheduled for April 30.

Discussions with Cairo University officials took place yesterday, and meetings with Mansurah University and Zagazig University authorities will start today.

Other meetings include Tanta University tomorrow and Al-Azhar University and Ain-Shams University on Thursday.

The Malaysian embassy in Cairo have been informed that the following universities will reopen: Al-Azhar University (early March), Cairo University (Saturday), Ain Shams University (Saturday), Alexandria University (March 5), Mansoura University (March 5), Tanta University (March 8) and Zagazig University (March 1).

Khaled said students who had returned to Malaysia must register and update their information online at jpt.mohe.gov.my/mesir.

"They would also be able to get updates on the developments in Egypt," he said.

To find out more, call the ministry's Careline at 1-800-88-6365 from Monday to Friday between 9am and 6pm or SMS 014-7151556 or email pelajarmesir@mohe.gov.my.


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