Ross University Opens in Barbados and Officials Say the Spin-offs Will Benefit Local Education

(Right to left): Prime Minister Mia Mottley; Minister of Education Santia Bradshaw; Group President, Medical and Healthcare at Adtalem, Kathy Boden Holland; and President and CEO, Adtalem, Lisa Wardell, cut the ribbon to officially open the Ross University School of Medicine. (Credit: BGIS)

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Tuesday
January 8, 2019

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”.

“Let
me temper my welcome and well wishes with a caution. In Barbados, we continue
to strive to improve our standards of excellence in systems, accreditation and
expectations. We’ve come to expect excellence not only for performance in the
classroom but in the character of those who operate within our boundaries…

“You
are about to devote an enormous amount of resources, energy and time to
producing doctors. And, most of your students will complete their courses of
study successfully but the true essence of their greatness will be in the
skills not found in the medical books. You will influence the level of empathy
expressed, the respect for life and patient choice and the importance of being
earnest. Please don’t leave these human markers behind,” the Education Minister
urged.

She said the Ministry and Ross University would work together to protect the expectations of Ross students and local students, noting that the future of both entities was “meshed in a pursuit of high ideals and medical successes for students and faculty working together”.

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