This university is located in dali,the western part of Yunnan province(Dali, Yunnan, China) Among many places of China, the Dali prefecture of Yunnan Province has become a major attraction for the students of South and Southeast Asia as well as chinese students.This university lies in the dali city which is the 2nd largest city of this province.
Dali university was established in October 2001, After the approval of china’s ministry of education in june 2001.It is the result of the amalgamation of four collages:Dali medical college,dali teachers college,Dali radaio and television college and dali college of industry.this four college had a history of 30 years.now this university offers programs in liberal arts,science,medical science,engineering,education,law and management.
The university has 16 collages and 5 science research institutes offering 8 master degree programs,36 undergraduate 3 years programs in liberal arts,science and in other facuilties.the university attracts students from 27 provinces and autonomous regionsof china.beside it foreign students from countries such as united states,france,Denmark,England,Australia,Sweden,india,Nepal,pakisatan,Bangladesh,korea,Vietnam,cambodia and some other countries students are studying in dali university in various courses.
In 2005 dali university started international MBBS program for south Asian students separately in English medium.over past 5 years the university has enrolled 500 students from south Asian country like Nepal,india,Pakistan and Bangladesh.
the university is under the provincial government of Yunnan and dali medical college is listed with the world health organization(WHO)and international medical education directory(IMED).the college is also recognized from china medical council(CMC).
The dali university hospital covers a total area of 12 hectares with a constryction area of 400 square meters.it has 1000 in patients beds and 31 clinical departments.the hospital is equipped with advanced medical equipments,such as hitachi 7180 biochemical analyzer,nephron care hemo dialysis machine,Olympus hysteroscopy,in order to meet the requirements of higher medical education.during the past 14 years the hospital has successfully conducted many new and complicated surgeries,including the first test tube baby (in vitro fertilization)of western yunnan province,RF pedicel vertebral arch,bone screw treatment of spinal practures,total hip replacement,giant dextroacoustic neuromeectomy in cere Bellefontaine angle,cardiac surgery on beating heart and soo many major and minor surgeries.the hospital doctors are very cooperative with students while students are in the OT or in any other department.
International student in emergency and OT of dali medical college Hospital
China's Dali University major attraction for south Asian medical students
Dali, Yunnan, China: Among many places of China, the Dali prefecture of Yunnan Province has become a major attraction for the medical students of South and Southeast Asia.
Owing to the Dali University’s sound infrastructure and attractive location, students from various nations opt to study at the university. The Nepali students too are no exception as they too are attracted to the University to pursue their medical courses mainly for two major reasons- the university boasts of very good infrastructure to provide medical education and it offers a very affordable fee structure.
The Nepali medical students started to arrive here from the year 2005. During that time, just two students were enrolled here, but now the total number of Nepali medical students has gone up to 175, thanks mainly to its very affordable fee structure, Dali’s favourable weather and its vicinity to South Asia.
Another major attraction of the university is, unlike elsewhere, it provides international students with education in English medium, which makes studying medicine in this Chinese University affordable and its courses easy to grasp for the international students from Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, India and several Southeast Asian nations.
However, for the Nepali students, there is one area of concern: carrying out their internship after completing of their academic years. Owing to their lack of knowledge in Chinese language, also known as the Mandarin, they unequivocally face problems in doing their internship at the two hospitals of the Dali University.
The Vice President of Dali University, who recently addressed a team of South and Southeast Asian journalists, who visited the university, stated that language had posed a difficulty to foreign students to carry out their internship because "we cannot expect the Chinese patients to our hospitals to speak frank English."
The students who want to carry their internship at the Chinese hospitals have to learn Chinese or to opt to carry out their internship at their home, he said. "If the students feel easy with the Chinese language, then the University can help them out in carrying the internship at the Chinese hospitals.
If the foreign students want to feel easy with the Mandarin, then they have to take part in Chinese language classes, which according to some Nepali medical students, adds extra burden on them because "carrying out study in medicines in itself is arduous and time consuming task."
Carrying out the Mandarin classes is an uphill task, both in terms of providing time and fees for the language classes. But specially, the Nepali students upon returning to Nepal after completing the academic courses find it very difficult to do their internship at the Nepali hospitals.There is another quandary for the Nepali students- not many Nepali hospitals are comfortable in getting these students as interns. Moreover, the students lately have found it difficult in getting good marks in the Nepal Medical Council License examination, necessary for any Nepali medical student to start a career as a medical practitioner.
However, the Nepali Medical Council this year has recognised the medical course offered by the Dali University, which must have brought a huge sigh of relief to about 175 Nepali students.
"We are happy that the NMC has recognised the courses," said Dr. Umesh Yadav, who teaches internal medicines at the Dali University.
According to Dr. Yadav, the courses and infrastructure of this University, which was established in 2001, are excellent in China. If the Nepali students could afford, at some period of their time here to learn the Chinese language, it would be an added advantage to them because it would help them in getting internship facilities at the Chinese hospitals, he added.
Dr. Yadav also added that the fee structure at the Dali is the most affordable one, especially for the students from Nepal.
He also refuted that accusation regarding the inferior medical courses at the university were just rumours created by some weak students. Dali University is good for the Nepali students and students of other South and Southeast Asia who aspire to become a medical practitioner but whose family income is not very huge, he added.
Apart from being a major attraction for the Nepali medical students, the Dali University, which has 30 year long history has some 16,000 full time students and 913 full time teachers, among whom are 119 professors, 290 associate professors and 102 Ph.D. degree holders.
Spread over an area of 380 acres, and situated at China’s very popular tourist, cultural and historical destination, the University has been running 28 Masters’ Degree programmers and eight research institutes, such as the Institute of Pharmaceutical Science and Institute of Cultures of Ethnic Minorities
The Dali University also offers 45 bachelor degree programmes covering 10 disciplines in medical science, economics, law, education, liberal arts, science, engineering, agriculture, management and art.
The University has established close exchange and cooperation networks with four countries of Southeast Asia- Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Thailand and as many countries from South Asia, namely, Nepal, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
So far, the University has recruited three batches of 287 Vietnam students, six batches of 498 South Asian students since 2002 to date. According to the University’s vice president, the University makes use of high standard educational resources of other institutions and has established close cooperation with 17 universities of South and Southeast nations.
Source :Dali university,rising Nepal
KUMAR ROSHAN JHA
4th year medical student
DALI MEDICAL COLLEGE