Can I stay or should I go?
Students who go abroad to do their medical degree may not find a job there afterwards, reports Daniel Stott
Kuan Eng, a 23 year old Malaysian, pays £25,000 (€32,000; $50,000) a year to attend St George's Medical School in London. He is one of hundreds of international students who are studying medicine in the United Kingdom. The Medical Schools Council, a representative body for all UK medical schools, says that 7.5% of all medical students in the UK are “international”—that is, from outside the European Economic Area.
Between them they contribute a substantial amount to university funds, and according to Ian Noble, chairman of the BMA's medical schools committee, “they also bring a valued diversity of experience and talent” to UK universities.
But the future of this sizeable and vibrant community in medical schools was thrown into doubt by guidance from the Department of Health in 2006 that says that international graduates would only be able to take up postgraduate training posts in the National Health Service if there