Women medical students exceed quota in Singapore
- By: Samena Chaudhry
Women applicants made up 41% of the medical students accepted by the National University of Singapore last year, despite a quota, imposed by the Singapore government in 1979 restricting their number to one third of the total.
The quota has been exceeded for three years. In 1999, 70 women or 35% of the total were accepted in the intake of 200. Last year, the percentage of females hit 41%.
The university said that it did not plan to exceed the quota, which was imposed to prevent the high cost of training a doctor being wasted if women stopped working to care for their families. The university explained: “At the time of offer, the university attempted to keep the female intake of medical students to one third of the total intake. Male candidates who were offered places rejected the offers or opted not to disrupt their national service. This created the