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The first group of 27 Pakistani students has arrived in Cuba and 368 more students will also follow them, said education official Dr S Mehmood Raza, an education official, during an orientation session organised by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) on Friday for students wants to study in Cuba.

Gustavo Machín Gomez, ambassador of the Republic of Cuba, was the chief guest on the occasion. Addressing the students, the Cuban ambassador said that Cuba had offered 1,000 medical scholarships to Pakistani students, adding that the students would receive education from medical institutes recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and related international organisations. He said that over 29,000 Cuban health workers were working in more than 60 countries. "Pakistani students will receive the best medical education and will be among the 27,000 other international students belonging to around 120 countries studying in Cuba," he said, adding, "it is the first time Cuba is going to receive Muslim students and the people and government of Cuba are excited about this."

He said that "maximum facilities" would be provided to Pakistani students, including complete religious and cultural freedom, halal food and separate places for offering prayers. HEC official Dr Mukhtar Ahmed thanked the Cuban government for offering the medical scholarships for Pakistani students. "This collaboration will become a milestone in academic links between the two countries," he said.

Source: Pakistan Link

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