40 Saudian medical students will start the training programme each year for the duration of seven years. They will follow the programme in the Netherlands but will return home to work. These medical students will be selected by Saudi universities from the top ten percent of Saudi secondary school graduates. The first year of the training programme focuses on learning the Dutch language, which is a necessity for patient care. After the first year they will follow the regular curriculum. Rob Hiemstra, programme director of the University Medical Center Groningen, and Simon Kuipers, President of the University of Groningen , stress that these places in the medical programme are supplementary to the places in the regular Dutch programme, which is still subject to a ‘fixed intake’. The University of Groningen will train a total of 280 Saudian doctors in the next 13 years.
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