l The Kingdom of Eswatini has traditionally sponsored its students to study medicine outside the country because of a lack of medical training facilities here at home. Thus the government of Eswatini has been obliged to spend significant amounts of money paying for students to acquire medical skills and qualifications, but most of whom did not return to work in Eswatini and thus the government neither got nor gets back what they invested in their students.
Around 2006, the Africa Continent Mission, Korean donors and the Government of the Kingdom of Eswatini reached an in-principle agreement to work towards the establishment of undergraduate medical training facilities in Eswatini. It is in this context that the Eswatini Medical Christian University (EMCU) (formerly the Swaziland Christian University) in collaboration with the Government of Eswatini aspires to establish a School of Medicine to open its doors for its first intake of medical students in September 2019. Besides the aspirations to offer Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree program, the university already offers other undergraduate health sciences degree programs since 2013, which include Nursing, Pharmacy, Radiography and Medical Laboratory Sciences. These programs are taught by EMCU faculty members in collaboration with staff from local, regional and international institutions in perfect alignment with vision 2022.
EMCU seeks to start the long awaited six-year MBBS program with an intake of 50 students. The degree is designed to be problem-based and community-oriented, and to incorporate cutting edge didactic and assessment methodologies.
We, the Medical School Task Team consisting of members from Eswatini and Korea, are finalizing the plan for the establishment of a School of Medicine that will develop compassionate, collaborative, reflective and professional physicians, committed to quality health care for the people of Eswatini.