The American University of Barbados School of Medicine (AUB) has seen a rise in its enrolment, with 52 new students for the 2015 fall semester, compared with 40 for the same period last year.
Welcoming the students this morning during the orientation ceremony, assistant director of admission Lisa Neblett was pleased with the offshore medical university’s success in attracting a cross section students from across several continents and regions, including Africa, Asia, North America and the Caribbean
“In 2012 we started with two students from America and now we have over 20 students who have transferred with us. In 2012 we started with one student from Canada and we now we have a transfer rate of over 20 students. In 2013 we started with five students in Nigeria and today we have over 30,” reported Neblett.
“At the beginning of the year we had four students coming in from India and arriving in the next couple of weeks we will have a total of 30 plus. From the Caribbean, we have representing here at AUB, those from Trinidad, Puerto Rico, Tortola and the British Virgin Islands,” she said, pointing out that there were more males at AUB than females and they were doing “extremely well”.
She said the learning facility had been able to achieve the growing numbers “by extending memoranda of understanding with recruiters across the globe who not only advertise AUB but Barbados”.
She urged the students to use the opportunity of studying with people from other countries to market themselves and to learn more about each other’s culture.
Associate Dean of the AUB Dr Sam Suhail said each year the university continued to grow “due to our gradual and progressive academic development which is being enriched daily through our faculty and administrative support”.
He said the student to teacher ratio allowed for students to get the attention they required.
He added that this semester the university would implement “a community clinic [programme]”, which will offer clinical didactics for fifth semester students transitioning into the clinical programme.
Meanwhile Minister of Education Ronald Jones said he did not regret allowing AUB to be established here.
“This is the first tertiary level institution for medicine that has been established in Barbados,” he said.
“You have in fact implanted very sensible processes I am told, and I have accepted that you brought quality staff to educate quality students here in Barbados at the American University and we are quite proud of that,” said Jones.
“I am pleased to note the growth of the AUB of Medicine because I am aware of the challenges that you face over time. Many of the challenges of course are here in Barbados. But you have worked through those challenges,” he said. (MM)