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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 29  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 124-127

Lessons learned from the disruption of dental training of Malaysian students studying in Egypt during the Arab spring


1 Department of Dental Surgery, Christian Medical College and Hospital, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Faculty of Dentistry, SEGi University, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

Correspondence Address:
Srinivas Sulugodu Ramachandra
Faculty of Dentistry, SEGi University Sdn. Bhd., No. 9, Jalan Teknologi, Taman Sains, Kota Damansara, PJU 5, 47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Darul Ehsan
Malaysia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/1357-6283.188753

Background: Political crisis and worsening security situation in Egypt in late 2013 resulted in Malaysian students who were pursuing their dental education in Egypt being recalled home to Malaysia. The Ministry of Higher Education in Malaysia took steps to integrate these students into public and private universities in Malaysia. Methods: We used a questionnaire and informal interviews to learn from students returning from Egypt about their experiences transitioning from dental schools in Egypt to Malaysia. Results: We discuss the challenges students faced with regards to credit transfer, pastoral care, the differences in the curriculum between the dental faculties of the two nations, and the financial implications of this disruption of their training. Discussion: We live in a fragile world where similar political situations will surely arise again. The approaches used by the Malaysian government and the lessons learned from these students may help others. The perspectives of these students may help educators reintegrate expatriate students who are displaced by political instability back into the education system of their own countries.


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