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Five-year trend of competitiveness and knowledge-gaining attitude of university students; Evaluation based on an event of continuing health sciences education

Fujio Takayama, Yoshiko Amikura, Sudhakar John, Vidyasagar Devaprasad Dedeepiya, Rajappa Senthilkumar, Govindan Venkataramani, Kottoorathu Mammen Cherian, Hajib Naraharirao Madhavan, David W Green, Masahiko Matsumoto, Shoji Suzuki, Masaru Iwasaki, Senthilkumar Preethy, Samuel JK Abraham.

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Though the trend of competitiveness among students has been found to be declining recently, there are seldom reports analyzing the same among university students from biotechnology, life sciences, medicine, dentistry and veterinary sciences. The objective of the study was to analyze the trend of competitiveness of undergraduate and post-graduate students from a developing nation. This was done by a retrospective analysis of the data on participation of the students in a continuing health sciences education event that had both active knowledge-gaining (AKG) components such as quiz and passive knowledge-gaining components (PKG) such as plenary lectures as parts of the event conducted every year from 2006 to 2010 in that nation. The results showed a statistically significant linear trend in participation (p-value

Key words: Educational activities, continuing education, medical education, dental education, veterinary education, educational needs assessment

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