Equal-score students to be accepted in UJ medicine, dentistry programmes, says minister

Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Dr. Mohammed Khair Abu Qadis, said he will ask the Higher Education Council (HEC) to issue a decision to accept all students with equal scores in foreign high school certificates, who applied to join the University of Jordan (UJ) medicine and dentistry specialities, under the parallel program for the academic year 2020/2021.


The ministry’s decision will include coordination with the UJ’s presidency and the Higher Education Accreditation Commission, aimed to achieve fairness for students of equal scores in parallel UJ admissions, coupled with elimination of the lottery policy accredited to decide students’ eligibility, according to Abu Qadis.


The UJ has embraced the lottery principle, emanating from its keenness to retain students’ opportunity to obtain admission, the minister pointed out.


Commenting on the now-altered admissions, he said students were inable to sit the placement exam as a result of their presence outside the Kingdom, and their inability to return in a timely manner in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.


The minister noted this decision comes within the framework of the ministry’s keenness to protect the students’ interest to achieve their ambition to join these two majors.


The HEC will direct Jordanian universities to put in place scientific mechanisms based on academic foundations that guarantee transparency and fairness to decide student eligibility with equal scores in the high school certificates wishing to apply for admission to parallel programs, said the minister.


Source: Jordan News Agency