Following a huge outcry from medical students, the University of Health Sciences agreed yesterday to lower a planned rise in annual tuition for those hoping to pursue a medical specialty beyond their general degree.
Last week, university rector Saphonn Vonthanak announced that students wishing to pursue a two- or four-year specialised diploma would have to pay $3,000 per year instead of the current $1,500 fee.
The announcement also doubled the cost of entrance exams from $25 to $50.
The fee hike, which would have affected nearly 400 students, was reduced from $3,000 to $2,250 after students negotiated with Vonthanak, one student confirmed.
“We asked for $2,000, but the rector disagreed,” said a medical student who wished to remain anonymous.
The students then agreed to accept the rector’s offer of $2,250, he added.
“We ended the strike and waited for the announcement of the new price.”
According to the student, Vonthanak said that the increase was due to a cessation of funding from the government and France.
Health Minister Mam Bunheng refused to provide details, but said that a solution had been found.
“They have settled the problem and the students have agreed to return to school.”