“We look forward to collaborating with all our partner institutions, provincially and nationally, in producing fit-for-purpose, service-oriented and civic-minded medical professionals committed to making a difference in the lives of the disadvantaged,” she said.
The medical school is set to enrol its first intake in March.
According to the university, the qualification offered will be a six-year MBChB degree that will produce graduates who are competent to work as interns in SA hospitals.
“The university will be using an innovative, transformative, distributive teaching model that will see students come together to study across health science disciplines and leverage the benefits of technology — all towards their service to society, especially within the metro,” said the institution.
The institution said the medical school will in future help address the shortage of qualified health professionals, stating that 65% of all public doctors’ posts are vacant and there is only one doctor to every 4,230 people in the Eastern Cape.
The university lost its executive dean in the faculty of health sciences, Prof Lungile Pepeta, to Covid-19 in August. At his funeral, Muthwa said the paediatric cardiologist was at the forefront of bringing the medical school to fruition. Colleague and friend Dr Mthembeni Tebelele said “even while in ICU, he was still communicating about the medical school. That’s how passionate Lungile was about the health of the child and making a difference in the province.”