A spokesman for the Dominica government has seemingly refuted an assertion by Prime Minister Mia Mottley that Dominica would not have been ready to receive the United States medical school, Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) in January, hence the reason Barbados agreed to host the school.
The country’s ambassador to the United States and the Organization of American States (OAS) Vince Henderson, said on a radio programme in Roseau last night that the Dominican prime minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, had in July,written to Adtalem Global Education, the parent company of RUSM, indicating that plans were advanced for the resumption of classes.
“It is my fervent hope that all things considered there will be a much earlier re-opening of the campus than has been indicated in your earlier communication and during your visit in April 2018,” Henderson read, quoting from Skerrit of July 9 letter to Lisa Wardell, the Adtalem Global Education president and chief executive officer at Ross University.
“I wish to assure you that all the arrangements we discussed for the accreditation for Ross by the Medical Board have been acted upon to meet the desired expectation,” Skerrit is reported to have written, telling the university officials to “please accept my warmest regard as we work together for the recommencement of full operation in terms of the Picard campus of Ross.
In the letter, Skerrit spoke of the fixed and mobile lines installed at the university since October 2017 and that the new fibre optic and LTE line by FLOW would have been available by July 2018.
Skerrit also spoke of the efforts by Digicel, the Dominica Electricity Services Limited (DOMLEC), and pipe borne portable water at Picard, north of here being available since October.
Mottley yesterday denied there was anything underhanded by her administration into accepting the RUSM move here, stating that Barbados had only entered the picture “when, for Ross University, returning to Dominica for the start of the January semester in 2019, was not an option.
“This is not and has never been a case of poaching or enticing anyone away from Dominica,” she said in a statement.