Egyptian medical students fleeing war in Ukraine required to do practical training at home

Ahram Online , Monday 4 Apr 2022

Two Ukrainian medical universities have asked the Egyptian authorities to allow Egyptian students who will continue their degrees online after fleeing the war-hit country to take their practical trainings at home in local private or government hospitals.

Economy Department building of Kharkiv National University in flames after being hit by Russian shelling on March 2, 2022. AFP

In a letter sent to the Egyptian Embassy in Kyiv, V.N Karazin Kharkiv National Medical University announced the resumption of its classes with online learning in the spring semester of the 2021/22 academic year for foreign students, including Egyptians who are not in the country currently due to the Russian invasion.

In other letters sent to the embassy, Ukrainian universities added that they would require a report from the medical institution on the skills acquired during the practical training that is signed by a doctor to allow students to enrol for the spring semester.

The Egyptian Embassy in Kyiv published on Sunday the letter it received from Karazin Kharkiv University on its Facebook page along with another letter from Bogomolets National Medical University.

Bogomlets said that it is returning to an online format in the spring-summer semester of the 2021/22 academic year due to the imposition of martial law following the Russian invasion.

The university added that students who want to receive certificates of their studies may claim them in-person.

Regarding financial debt or tuition fees paid by students, Bogomolets University stated that it is “temporarily impossible” to provide such information due to the high level of workload on university staff.

The letters were sent in response to an inquiry by the embassy about the status of Egyptian students enrolled in Ukrainian universities.

According to the Ministry of Emigration and Expatriate Affairs in late March, 1,270 of the Egyptian students who have returned from Ukraine underwent exams in late March to enrol in Egyptian universities in an initiative launched by the government upon the directives of President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi.

Before the Russian invasion, around 6,000 Egyptians lived in Ukraine, including 3,000 students, according to officials.

So far, 80 percent of the Egyptian students in Ukraine have left for other European countries, especially Poland.

Egypt has repatriated hundreds of Egyptians, mostly students, from war-torn Ukraine via Air Cairo flights, and is planning to help them continue their education at private and national universities.

However, a small percentage of Egyptian nationals are refusing to leave Ukraine, including students who want to continue their education in Ukraine or those who fear that their academic career may be affected if they leave the country, according to the emigration ministry.

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