In just two years the American University of Barbados has grown so significantly that they are plans to move to a larger facility.
Speaking this evening at the inaugural student awards ceremony of the AUB at the campus in Wildey St Michael, associate director of student admissions, Lisa Neblett revealed that the plans were currently underway and that a potential site had been located to accommodate the influx of students expected by the end of the year.
Students attending the university at present hail from, in addition to Barbados, the United States, Canada, Nigeria, and throughout the region. However, as AUB sought to expand its student population they will also recruit students from the United Arab Emirates, India and Dubai.
Today some 20 students were awarded. They included: Kayla Odle along with twins Karla and Kristen Callender who made the Dean’s list with their 4.0 grade point averages and were awarded plaques for their academic excellence.
Also speaking at the ceremony this evening education minister, Ronald Jones congratulated the hard work of the students. Moreover, he pledged his ministry’s continued support of the university.
“The Ministry of Education continues to work to ensure that what the directors of this university want to achieve they can truly achieve. We are on the same page relative to those achievements. I am pleased to see what has happened at the American University of Barbados, it wasn’t the easiest of journeys but it has been a fulfilling journey.
“Only a few weeks ago in conversation we were discussing the physical expansion of the university. The necessary space to accommodate the students, the lectures. We are looking beyond what has so far been identified to find the appropriate location and acreage that the peace, which is so necessary for the establishment for an educational institution could be found in that location,” he said as he encouraged the students to stay focussed and determined to achieve success.