By: Elena Grace Flores
Since a UNP graduate topped the Indian board examination in 2013, the pre-medicine courses and medicine program of the University of Northern Philippines or UNP in Vigan City has increased the number of their foreign students. At least 730 Indian nationals were enrolled in the school at the beginning of the academic year.
A total of 405 enrolled at the College of Medicine, while 110 were enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences, taking up pre- medicine courses such as Psychology and Biology. Approximately 215 also are enrolled in the Community Health Management program of the College of Health Sciences. Indian students chose the school because of the good performance of its graduates in the Ministry of India Medical Board Examination.
The cost of education in the university is also a consideration for the students.
“It’s more economical for us, the quality of education is the best and the climate condition is also similar to our place so comparing to other this is the best choice,” said Indian student Bharat Ajay Kumar.
“The way our lessons are being taught is easy and understandable and the faculty is accommodating and very supportive,” said Mahesh Dhandapan.
Dr. Gilbert Arce, university president prides itself in irs strict implementation of its retention policy and screening process for students so as not to compromise the quality of education.
ANAKBAYAN Ilocos, also urged the university to ensure that Filipino students will not be intimidated in the increasing number of foreign students since aside from Indians, Indonesians, Thais, Nepalis, Angolans and Nigerians are also patronizing the university.