At the National Day Rally 2019, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced that government bursaries for medical courses in local universities would be enhanced to make them significantly higher than other university courses.
Coupled with bursaries from the universities, lower-income students could pay tuition fees of, at most, $5,000 a year – an amount which can be covered with less difficulty by students.
"We should not let the cost of medical school deter good students from studying medicine and becoming doctors. In fact, we want doctors to come from different segments of society, and have diverse educational and family backgrounds," said PM Lee.
The enhancements will apply to existing and new students from the next academic year.
Professor Chong Yap Seng, Dean of the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine said, "At NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, we do our best to ensure that our students are not deprived of a good education because of financial difficulties. At the moment, one in six of our students receive financial support from our School, NUS, and the government."
"We welcome the Government’s move to make tertiary education more affordable and accessible to Singaporeans. The enhanced bursaries announced by the Prime Minister and Education Minister will encourage more students to apply to study Medicine and will go a very long way in helping them achieve their dreams of serving Singapore as doctors."
"We will continue to raise funds for student bursaries to ensure that we can help as many students as we can. With the increased financial aid and the continued support of our donors, we are confident that we will be able to help more students who need financial assistance."
– Prof Chong Yap Seng
Meet some of the School's bursary recipients!
“My NUS journey has been really rewarding and educational. With these enhanced bursaries, I can now focus on pursuing my passion in medicine to serve the community, while helping alleviate my family’s financial difficulties," said Sakthivel S/O Kuppusamy, Bursary Recipient and First Year NUS Medicine Undergraduate.
“Really thankful for the additional financial assistance I will be receiving. I was initially worried about the financial burden that my family might face. With these enhanced bursaries, I am very motivated to work hard and can now focus on enjoying the educational experience at NUS and doing well in my studies at the medical school.” – Sharen D/O Asif, Bursary Recipient and First Year NUS Medicine Undergraduate.
“After my dad's stroke, I was inspired by his rehab journey and decided to pursue medicine. These enhanced bursaries will help to alleviate the cost of my education and give my parents peace of mind as they will no longer have to worry about sustaining me financially," said Chan Long Peng, Bursary Recipient and Fourth Year NUS Medicine Undergraduate.
More NUS Medicine alumni are also generously donating to medical education through bursaries for lower-income students.
Dr Lim Hong Shen, an alumni donor of the Lim Lian Hock Bursary started the bursary in 2018. He wanted it to be a gift to future doctors-to-be and did not want money to be an issue for those who dream of being a doctor. The bursary was named after his father as he wanted to honour and show appreciation of the efforts his father made to ensure his children received education without financial worry. Gabriel Leow, Year 5 medical student and recipient of the Lim Lian Hock Bursary this AY2019/2020, expressed his relief that he was receiving financial aid from the school.
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