The opening of the Ross University School of Medicine’s main campus in Barbados is expected to bring with it a number of benefits to local health care and education.
Speaking at the official opening ceremony of the University’s campus at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre over the weekend, Minister of Education, Technological and Vocational Training Santia Bradshaw disclosed that the Ministry had started discussions with the university, long before the opening, about having local students attend the medical school.
Additionally, she said they were also in discussions about possible synergies between the Barbados Community College and Chamberlain University – one of the universities which fall under the umbrella of Adtalem Global Education, Ross’ parent company – to improve the quality of the College’s local nursing programme.
“We consider it a privilege to have an accredited private medical school join our academic fraternity and while the economic impact may be apparent, your commitment to collaborative research and development alongside our local tertiary institutions aligns well with our strategic goal to provide wider access to allied health programmes in Barbados.
“Ross University School of Medicine will certainly contribute to Barbados moving forward the modernization of our community healthcare structures, while at the same time becoming a stronger competitor in the global health education arena,” the Minister told the audience of local officials and representatives from Adtalem Global Education.
Bradshaw said the partnership with Ross University was one that brought with it “very high expectations” and opportunities, adding that Barbados was chosen as the location for Ross’ flagship school because of its strength, diversity and amenities.
She also pointed out that the Ministry would be holding the Medical School to account “as we expect you to do the same with us”.