News in brief: June 2010
Melbourne University has announced that it will create postgraduate places for its medical degree, which will cost about $A51 000 (£29 000; €34 000; $42 000) a year. A standard undergraduate place costs $A9000 a year.
James Angus, dean of medicine, dentistry, and health sciences at the university, said that the charges were necessary to subsidise other students because government funding and undergraduate contributions do not cover costs.
But Carla Drakeford, president of the National Union of Students, criticised the move, saying that the fees set a worrying precedent that raised doubts about the accessibility of higher education in future.
Tammi Jonas, president of the Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations, said that the fees were “well beyond what we would consider a reasonable burden” (www.theage.com.au/victoria/melbourne-unis-200000-medical-degree-20100503-u3ur.html).
In a speech to 500 graduating doctors and dentists in Accra, the president, John Evans Atta Mills, said that it was disappointing that some health practitioners refuse postings to