BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Friday December 28, 2018 – As final preparations are made for the approximately 1,500 students and staff who will be at the Ross University School of Medicine when it starts operations next month, government has revealed that it is in talks to bring another American university to Barbados.
Speaking during a tour of the residential community that will accommodate the students and staff of Ross University – which moved from Dominica earlier this year –, Prime Minister Mia Mottley yesterday disclosed that government is hoping to wrap up talks with Chamberlain University,
which offers degree programs for nursing and health professions.
“We want to perfect what we are doing with Ross first, while at the same time having a conversation with the Barbados Community College and Chamberlain,” she said, although she gave no further details.
“As you know, the Government of Barbados is already in the provision of nursing education, but we feel through partnership we can deliver better and more, especially given that there is a global shortage of nurses that we experience in today’s world.”
Mottley expressed satisfaction with provisions being made for Ross’ students and staff in The Villages at Coverley, while developer Mark Maloney said it was a good example of public sector, private sector and Government collaboration.
“Just three and a half months ago, we were discussing and facilitating bringing Ross here to Coverley…and to get everything done in this time is phenomenal and shows what can happen in Barbados when everybody comes together,” he said.
Ross students are expected to arrive as early as tomorrow.
And the Prime Minister said having the hundreds of additional students would give the economy a boost.