The Dean of the Faculty of Arts Abdul Rasheed Ali has said the college will introduce a degree in journalism, a diploma in psychology and political science by next year in the faculty for the first time in the Maldives.
”We are looking forward to introducing a Masters Degree in the Dhivehi language also,” Rasheed said.
Rasheed said the courses offered by the Maldives College of Higher Education’s Faculty of Arts would be “more professional” than the courses provided by the neighboring countries.
”There are many challenges we have to face,” he said, including a lack of equipment and land at the faculty.
”We need a laboratory for the study of psychology and a studio for the degree in journalism,” he said, ”and we need more qualified students.”
Many students left after completing half the courses due to a lack of money, Rasheed observed.
”Half the students taking a BA in Dhivehi have left because they did not have enough money to pay the course fees,” he said. ”There are many students looking forward to the Rf 2000 (US$155) loan the government provides for students.”
Many owed far more than Rf 2000, he said.