To make up for cuts to provincial funding, Dalhousie University is planning to sell 10 medical school spaces to students from Saudi Arabia. The Chronicle Herald reported that an internal memo sent to faculty and students by dean Tom Marrie called the agreement “critically important” and that “From my standpoint, we’re underfunded. We know what our costs are and our revenues are not equal to our costs.” A year ago, the province had planned to cut $2.5 million from the medical school’s budget, which the the government later said was a communication problem involving the health and education departments. $1.4 million has since been restored. The arrangement with Saudi Arabia would see each seat sold for $75,000 per year.
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