The government will be expanding access to education in the health sciences field from 55,000 to 150,000 within the next eight years.
Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the move will help fill a 1.2 million shortage of health professionals in the South East Asia region which is expected to grow to 1.8 million in 2020.
The government has invested RM1.4 billion in health sciences, expecting it to generate returns of RM2.8 billion in gross domestic product.
The health sciences field is one of the main clusters under the National Key Economic Areas for education and health sciences students are considered highly skilled and employable with a bright future.
Currently, seven public institutions and 62 private institutions of higher education offered courses in the health sciences, with a total of 80,096 students.
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